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Re: Promise PDC 20276, using md



Thanks Steve...

I emailed promise asking about the drivers, but haven't heard back from
them.
Is there somewhere on the promise site you downloaded them from?
----- Original Message -----
From: "Stephen Conway" <sconway wlnet com>
To: <ataraid-list redhat com>
Sent: Wednesday, March 19, 2003 7:31 AM
Subject: RE: Promise PDC 20276, using md


> To Answer your last question:
>
> I have received the Red Hat 8 beta drivers for Promise 100 TX2 card
> (received from Promise tech support), and have successfully set up RAID-1
> with RH 8 using the HW RAID  NOT software,
>
> Not sure if that helps,
>
> But anyway,
>
> Steve
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: ataraid-list-admin redhat com [mailto:ataraid-list-admin redhat com]
> On Behalf Of Shaun
> Sent: Wednesday, March 19, 2003 10:18 AM
> To: ataraid-list redhat com
> Subject: Promise PDC 20276, using md
>
>
> Hello,
>
> my last post was asking if anyone had any recent experience with
installing
> a fresh system using the redhat 8.0 drivers off the highpoint website for
> the HPT374 chipset.
>
> I am in the position of designing a new server that has to run RAID.
> (either RAID-1 or RAID-5).  I am buying all new hardware from scratch for
it
> so I need to be sure I am minimizing any possible headache's with the
> install.
>
> Basically I need a board with 4 IDE ports on it, and a BIOS setting that
> allows me to disable the onboard RAID function without losing access to
IDE3
> and IDE4.
>
> Originally, I was looking at the ABIT AT7 MAX,  with the onboard HighPoint
> HPT374 chipset.  I can't get that board so I have switched to the Gigabyte
> 7VAXP.
> The Gigabyte board is using the Promise PDC20276 controller, which I see
by
> this list people have been having some difficulties with.
>
> My question is this:  I am going to be using RedHat 8.0, but I am not
going
> to be utilizing the onboard BIOS for controlling the RAID.  I would rather
> use the kernel level md raid drivers, and use the raidtools package from
> within the OS.
>
> I am going to be installing 2 Maxtor 80gig drives, one on IDE3 and one on
> IDE4.  but then in the BIOS I will set them as regular disks.
>
> When people are having the problems during the installation of linux, are
> their problems due to the fact that they are using the onboard RAID
> controller to build and maintain their array?  Which then has to
communicate
> with the kernel to "translate" what's going on.?
>
> OR
> since I am going to be disabling the RAID function onboard and relying on
> the md drivers from the kernel, am I effectively sidestepping any
problems?
> (I'm thinking that just the simple fact that the drives are even plugged
> into IDE3 and IDE4 there is still a possible issue with communicating with
> the promise chip.. even though its not actually doing anything with the
> raid.)
>
> list, are you guys using the promise RAID controller to build and maintain
> your RAID?  or using software raid via linux.
>
>
>
>
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