Re: unable to install on adaptec sata raid system
I feel a little sheepish, but let me post this in case any other sheep
like me happen by this way.
The problem is to get the updated driver. I understood this to be in
the kernel already but it is not in Debian's kernel (as of May 2006), so
one cannot use Debian's installer on a system that accesses all
harddrives through an Adaptec 2420SA.
I was able to use Knoppix 4.0, which has the updated driver,
debootstrap, and the 2.6.8 Debian kernel source recompiled with the
updated driver (from Adaptec's website) to get this machine to at least
boot from the harddrive.
On Tue, May 16, 2006 at 09:56:40AM -0400, Mark Copper wrote:
> I am unable to install Debian on a Supermicro server configured with 2
> sata harddrives connected to an Adaptec 2420SA serial RAID pci card.
> Although the exact sequence of events differ, I have tried both the
> stable and testing installers, each with both 2.4 and 2.6 kernel
> choices. In every case installation fails when the installer cannot
> find a harddrive to partition. The "testing" installation, for example,
> contains lines
> aacraid: disagrees about version of symbol register_chrdev
> aacraid: unknown symbol register_chrdev
> in its dmesg.
> What I *can* do: the RAID array works fine under Knoppix and Ubuntu.
> Another failure: I partitioned and mkfs'ed the array under Knoppix,
> debootstrap'ed sarge, installed and compiled a kernel on the array under
> chroot. But start-up fails when VFS is unable to open sda.
> Can anyone tell me what Knoppix does differently than the installer?
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