[CentOS] Speaking of 3Ware/RAID/SATA/9550SX...

Wed Jul 12 17:25:11 UTC 2006
Joshua Baker-LePain <jlb17 at duke.edu>

On Wed, 12 Jul 2006 at 10:16am, Mark Schoonover wrote

> I just built up a server running CentOS 4.3, and trying to boot from a 3Ware
> 9550SX-16ML, 16 port card. This system has 9x500GB drives, AMD Opteron, Tyan
> K8SD mobo and 1 GB of ram. I downloaded the latest ( driver from
> 3Ware, and after a couple of botched attempts, I got CentOS installed. In my
> two botched attempts, the problem was X hanging during the formatting of the
> drives, so I switched to another virtual screen while formatting took place,
> and the system didn't freeze.
> My problem now is the system won't boot. I know this is not exactly a CentOS
> problem, I'm just hoping some kind sole would help me outta this overworked
> fog I'm in. When the system tries to boot, the cursor just sits there in the
> left corner of the screen flashing. Nothing happens. I am probably missing
> something very simple, that will cause me great public embarrassment, but I
> really don't care right now.

How is your array setup?  You can *not* boot from a device >4TiB.  On such 
a device, you must use a gpt disklabel and neither grub nor LILO support 

Joshua Baker-LePain
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Duke University