[CentOS] Installing Centos 5 on HP DL140 G3

Tue Apr 15 16:27:39 UTC 2008
John <jses27 at gmail.com>

On Tue, 2008-04-15 at 14:46 +0200, Kai Schaetzl wrote:
> John wrote on Mon, 14 Apr 2008 23:26:59 -0400:
> > Check your BIOS Settings for the controller. May be that it needs to set
> > to "Mass Storage" if available in the HP Bios.
> There is nothing I can set regarding this. There is also a built-in HP SATA 
> fakeRAID controller for the mainboard built-in SATA ports. I switched that off. 
> I also switched SATA ports off now. There's nothing else in the BIOS I could 
> try I think. There's also nothing in the controller's BIOS that seems to be 
> fitting this description, the only hardware-related thing I can change there, 
> is a hook interrupt or what they call it. I didn't dare to change that yet.
> > > According to this readme page for the latest driver at
> > > ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softlib2/software1/pubsw-linux/p1463703615/v44436/mpt
> > > linux-

Well only other choice is to download the driver from HP and make it.
Put it on a floppy start the install and type linuxdd @ at the install
prompt. Or B...Look into using and older version of centos

> > > CentOS 5 should already contain a "default driver version contained in the
> > > Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 installation CD"
> > 
> > Then again the MPT Drivers for that controller may have been dropped for
> > that controller.
> Well, I was going by their description which says that RHEL 5 comes with these 
> drivers. Of course, that could still be wrong ...
> I do know several have been "End of Lifed" I know this
> > to be true for other high end server manufactures. Support for them
> > ended in RHEL 4. So that would = CentOS 4 as well.
> It seems that RHEL 4 did not have the drivers on board. Their software 
> configuration guide mentions that you need to install a driver (if I recall 
> right). Unfortunately, the guide wasn't updated for RHEL, although they say 
> they support RHEL 5 and 5.1 on this machine.
> Maybe I actually hit a different problem than I think. This is the first time 
> that I need to install an extra driver for installation or use an external HBA 
> SAS/SATA adapter. Some more information:
> During inital anaconda setup I can see that various mpt drivers get installed. 
> It's too fast output at this time to read well thru ALT F3/F4, but it looks 
> like the controller and SATA drives are found and handled under /dev/sda with 
> no error. The drivers loaded are mtpbase, mptscsih, mptsas and 
> scsi_transport_sas.
> After choosing eth0 as install source and retrieving the kickstart file setup 
> asks me "unable to find any devices of the type needed for this installation 
> type. Would you like to manually select your driver or sue a driver disk". The 
> "manual" selection gives me a list of storage drivers. 
> I then tried to use the driver given by HP which is a dd file and install it 
> from a USB stick. I can select /dev/sdb1 and it shows the .dd files as the only 
> one available. When I choose this it tells me "no devices of the appropriate 
> type were found on the driver disk". At the same time ALT+F4 shows "unable to 
> identify CD-ROM format" and F3 a line "modules to insert" that is empty. The dd 
> file is a 1.440 floppy image it seems. Am I doing something wrong here?
> In case that matters: of course, I already set up the two drives in the LSI SAS 
> utility for a RAID1 configuration and it shows them now as "LSILogicLogical 
> Volume 3000" which seems to be quite ok to me.
> I'd appreciate any insight you might have. I'm going to try out their forums 
> now and see how good they are.
> Kai

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