[CentOS] Integrating a Raid Driver

Edward Diener eddielee at tropicsoft.com
Tue Sep 13 18:56:46 UTC 2005

It appears that CentOS is having problems with my hard disks, which I have off 
of an HPT 374 Raid controller but with no Raid stripes created, ie. I am just 
using it as an IDE controller. There is the latest Linux open source for the HPT 
374 on Highpoint's web site, which I have downladed. While I understand 'make' 
and am a programmer myself, I understand nothing about the Linux kernel or 
device drivers. My questions are:

1) How can I tell if and what support CentOS 4.1 and the 2.6 kernel has for the 
HPT 374 ?

2) How do I install the kernel source package and building tools as the 
instructions tell me to do ?

3) Anybody know what "cross-controller RAID" means ? There is a Make option for 
turning it on.

4) Once the driver is loaded by using 'insmod', is it automatically loaded each 
time I boot the system ?

5) Is there a good source, Internet or books, for these questions ?

I do not feel great about fiddling with the kernel and drivers but CentOS 4.1 
does not work well with my hard disks and I am hoping by updating the system it 
will again.

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