FC3 install on Adaptec 2410SA
FIR at Frank.net
Sun Dec 12 18:37:02 UTC 2004
I have a little new information. Windows XP will create a partition and
begin copying files. I didn't complete this installation, but it seemed
to be working fine.
FC3 still sets off the on-card alarm as soon as it gets to partitioning
(manual or automatic). I can only assume that FC3 is doing something
that the controller doesn't like. Maybe some boot parameter will solve
this? I've tried everything I know how to try, including many things
that I didn't think would help, just in case. Since Fedora Core is not
officially supported by Adaptec, I'm really at the mercy of this group.
I don't want to go back to Windows.
> One month prior to FC3 being released I installed FC2 on a system with
> an Adaptec 2410SA Serial ATA RAID controller and a four drive array.
> As I recall, it installed easily without a driver disk. When FC3 came
> out I did a fresh install on the same system, and it installed easily
> and ran well.
> Last week I bought another system with the same controller, but with a
> different motherboard. I needed to move the working array to the new
> system, where the boot would begin and then crash with a message about
> sleeping in the wrong context or something like that. I decided to
> install cleanly.
> To make a long story short I now have two systems, one with an Asus
> K8N-E and one with an Asus A8V motherboard, both with freshly
> initialized 4 drive arrays, and I can't install AMD64 FC3 to either
> one of them. In each case the install proceeds to the partitioning
> stage. It appears that the moment FC3 attempts to partition the array
> the controller card's alarm sounds and FC3 reports that it could not
> read the disk. On reboot, both controllers report the array status as
> being optimal., and all format/initialize/array creation operations
> have gone just fine.
> I have tried using the adaptec CD to make a driver disk. Fedora is
> not a lsited option - I tried ES3 and the resulting disk was not
> accepted by FC3 (no driver found). I looked at choosing simply
> "Redhat" but then AMD64 was not an option.
> One of these systems is exactly the same as what worked well over the
> last couple months on FC2 and FC3, except that it now has larger
> drives in it. The motherboard in the other one (The A8V) seems to be
> a popular choice for Linux. I don't see any messages suggesting that
> FC3 has a problem with either motherboard.
> So why does FC3 suddenly seem to be incompatible with the Adaptec
> 2410SA controllers that worked in the past for me and seem to be
> working for other people as well?
> I'm out of things to try at this point. The shiny new computers that
> I was so looking forward to (finally replacing Windows with Linux on
> my home network) are very expensive paperweights until I solve this.
> Any help will be gratefully received.
> (I haven't played with any boot options. I don't know what the
> options are or when to use them)
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