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Re: 3ware 9550 SATA RAID controller problems

On Wed, 2006-01-04 at 20:39 -0500, Stephen Woodbridge wrote:
> Hi Again,
> After finally getting Sarge installed on my SuperMicro X6DHT-G 
> motherboard system, I am having a problem recognizing the 3ware 9550 
> SATA Raid Controller card. I have loaded the 3w-9xxx module but that is 
> not getting me anywhere yet. This system boots from a separate SATA disk 
> so the system is running, just without the 1.6TB raid array :(
> lspci is reporting:
> 0000:03:02.0 RAID bus controller: 3ware Inc: Unknown device 1003
> So, I think what needs to happen next is one or more of the following:

You can get lspci to show the full and correct details if you run

> 1) upgrade to the 2.6.12 kernel
> 2) compile the updated vendor source for 3w-9xxx module on either
>     2.6.8-11 or 2.6.12
> 3) something simpler that I am missing.
> Ideally, I would like to use a stock kernel which was why I was thinking 
> of getting 2.6.12 from etch otherwise I will need to try and figure out 
> how to use the kernel-package system and long term maintenance becomes a 
> bigger problem.
> Thoughts and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

We recently bought a system with a 3ware 9550 controller and found
2.6.12 was not recent enough.  We got it working with 2.6.15-rc6 in the
end, and now that 2.6.15 is released we will upgrade it to a more stable
release - fortunately the system using this machine is still under

So I would heartily recommend coming to grips with kernel-package and
building your own (hopefully simpler) kernel.

When building with make-kpkg we generally don't use the .config from a
Debian build as we can make it more hardware specific and so do not need
the complexity of an initrd image for the build.  I find it's better to
spend 20 minutes going through all the options in make menuconfig and
specifying appropriate settings for your hardware.  Of course I have
been doing that for more than ten years now, so I guess I'm not daunted
by it... :-)

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