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Re: AS 4100 boot

On Fri, Dec 10, 2004 at 12:44:25AM +0100, Adrian Zaugg wrote:
> Hi Ji??
> Ji??J?nsk? wrote:
> >OK, I can remove Mylex DAC960 cotroller and boot from CD and install on 
> >some ATA disk. And what next? Can I 
> build kernel version that is able to run on this controller? And what 
> about firmware update? Can I use this controller in this machine under 
> linux? Do you know answer?
> You find more information on the net about this. It was several times a 
> topic on mailinglists. If I remember right, there was an OEM Version 
> from DEC (KZPSA?) which uses a DEC Firmware, which was developed up to 
> version ~2.71(?). With the driver included in the kernel, the firmware 
> must be newer than v2.73. On some Boards you can update the firmware and 
> on some it doen't work; I don't remember that more precisely. The key 
> point is, wether your board can be updated or not. If it is of origin 
> DEC, the experiment using an original Mylex firmware would be of great 
> interest! (I don't know if your board gets unusable in the worst case.)
> There is a little light on the horizon: There was once a patch around, 
> of whom was said, it should work also for versions <2.73...google for it!
> Another option is to use FreeBSD on that machine and RAID controller. 
> I've tried it with success.
> Regards, Adrian.
> >
> >Thanks you, Jiri Jansky
> >______________________________________________________________
> >
> >>Hello Ji??J?nsk?
> >>
> >>Just remove the Mylex DAC960 controller and it will boot. There is an 
> >>issue with the dec oem firmware on that controller.
> >>
> >>Regards, Adrian.
> >>

Sorry, I deleted all the previus messages in this thread, so I don't know the details of your problems, but I am currently using and have previously used several DAC960 controllers in my alphas.  The problems I have had are not firmware per se, but the kernel module, and device files.  I have come to the conclusion that it is pretty much impossible to install onto the dac960, but you can install onto another drive, and then move the system to the array quite easily.  I tried the new sarge installer once, and it installed onto the dac960, but I had other troubles and can't say for sure if it was fully sucsessful.


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