[CentOS] [OT] 3Ware firmware for 9000 series released ...

Remco Barendse redhat at barendse.to
Fri Sep 9 17:30:36 UTC 2005

On Fri, 9 Sep 2005, Joshua Baker-LePain wrote:

> On Fri, 9 Sep 2005 at 7:20pm, Remco Barendse wrote
>> On Mon, 29 Aug 2005, Joshua Baker-LePain wrote:
>>> On Sun, 28 Aug 2005 at 9:20am, Bryan J. Smith wrote
>>>> Claims to have fixed the write performance issues with
>>>> multiple volumes.  Haven't tried it personally (I do not have
>>>> a 9500S card, and I have only installed one once for a
>>>> client).
>>>> NOTE:  This ( is an actual, formal, supported release
>>>> -- not an unsupported engineering release.
>>> It does seem a bit rushed, though, as the firmware included in the driver
>>> is *older* than the firmware one downloads separately as part of the
>>> codeset.  ??
>> Is it possible to upgrade the firmware from CentOS? I'm using CentOS 4
>> with the built-in kernel module.
>> The box doesn't have a floppy drive or anything so it's no so easy to
>> update from floppy. My boot volume is on the 3Ware
> You can use the 'fw' driver that 3ware distributes.  But, as I mentioned
> above, in this case it doesn't include the latest firmware, which is the
> one that actually fixes the multiple-unit bug.  So you have to manually
> flash it from a DOS environment.  If you can't shoehorn a floppy in
> temporarily, have a look at PXE.  Or, just wait -- 3ware says on the
> website they'll be releasing an updated driver with the right firmware.

Cool, suppose I have the patience to wait, will the fw driver work on a 
running system that booted from the array with a stock CentOS kernel?

Or do I need to compile my own kernel with the fw driver included (I 
prefer not to go down that path)

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