[CentOS] Re: 3Ware 9690SA

Scott Silva ssilva at sgvwater.com
Fri Jun 6 18:07:53 UTC 2008


on 6-6-2008 10:48 AM Ruslan Sivak spake the following:
> Victor Padro wrote:
>>
>>
>> On Fri, Jun 6, 2008 at 12:20 PM, Ruslan Sivak 
>> <russ at vshift.com 
>> <mailto:russ at vshift.com>> wrote:
>>
>>     Jeff wrote:
>>
>>         On Fri, Jun 6, 2008 at 11:58 AM, Ruslan Sivak 
>> <russ at vshift.com
>>         <mailto:russ at vshift.com>> wrote:
>>         
>>             Tim Verhoeven wrote:
>>               
>>                 On Fri, Jun 6, 2008 at 6:51 PM, Ruslan Sivak
>>                 <russ at vshift.com 
>> <mailto:russ at vshift.com>> wrote:
>>
>>                     
>>                     I successfully installed CentOS on 3ware 9650SE
>>                     controller.  Due to some
>>                     issues with compatibility with my motherboard, I
>>                     replaced it with a
>>                     9690SA.
>>                     Now the system won't boot (although interestingly
>>                     enough, it find the
>>                     boot
>>                     menu fine, just won't boot past a certain point in
>>                     the bootup phase.
>>
>>                     I thought I would reinstall, but anaconda doesn't
>>                     find the raid array.
>>                     3ware does have drivers on their site, but I'm not
>>                     too sure how to get
>>                     them
>>                     on my system?
>>
>>                           
>>                 That controller requires a newer version of the 3ware
>>                 driver. I'm
>>                 pretty sure the 5.2 will have that driver. So if you
>>                 can wait a bit
>>                 longer...
>>
>>                 Regards,
>>                 Tim
>>
>>
>>                     
>>             For production use, I can, but currently we are testing
>>             these servers, and I
>>             would like to get them up and running.  Is there a way to
>>             load a driver on
>>             an already running system, or load it for anaconda?
>>              Something similar to F6
>>             in windows?
>>               
>>
>>         Yes, anaconda supports the concept of a driver disk.
>>
>>         
>> http://www.centos.org/docs/2/rhl-ig-as-x86-en-2.1/ch-driverdisk.html
>>
>>         And 3ware offers a disk image download for 9690SA/RHEL5.
>>
>>         
>>     Thank you.  I noticed that they said in the docs to install by
>>     using linux dd.  3ware provides a zip file with the drivers, not a
>>     disk image, AFAIK.  I burned the contents of the zip to a cd, but
>>     anaconda fails to recognize it.  It keeps complaining about not
>>     being able to find a fat or a ext3 filesystem on the driver disk.
>>
>>     I don't have a floppy drive, only a cdrom and a flash drive.  Do I
>>     need to get a floppy drive in order for this to work?
>>     Russ
>>
>>
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>>
>> Perhaps you can download RHEL 5.2 from Red Hat Network, if you are a 
>> customer there will be no problem but if you're not, maybe you can 
>> sign out for 30 day trial and then download the ISOs, burn it and test 
>> your box and share your results, it will be enough time for CentOS 5.2 
>> to be available, so then you can be sure to run a production system.
>>
>> https://www.redhat.com/wapps/sso/rhn/login.html?redirect=http%3A%2F%2Frhn.redhat.com%2Frhn%2Fsoftware%2Fchannel%2Fdownloads%2FDownload.do%3Fcid=6949 
>>
>>
>> I got almost the same issue with an Asus mainboard...that's my 2 cents.
>>
>>
>> Cya.
>>
>> Victor.
> 
> It's probably a good idea for me to know how to do this from scratch.  
> Plus I want to see if there's a difference in performance between the 
> stock driver and the 3ware driver. I'm going to try giving 3ware a call 
> to see how to install this.  Their support is usually excellent.
> 
> Russ
I don't think their driver is better, as they regularly refresh their driver 
to the kernel maintainers. It is just that the newer cards take a bit of time 
to get to the disk images.
Another thing you might be able to do is install to a drive that is not on the 
raid card and install their driver and migrate to the array.

I just looked at their website, and they do have a driver disk image. If you 
don't have a floppy, you can usually do a network install and get the driver 
disk image also from the network.
It is in the install docs I believe.

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