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Author Topic: VL5.9 Std Gold on IBM box w/ IDA  (Read 1972 times)


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VL5.9 Std Gold on IBM box w/ IDA
« on: July 15, 2008, 09:51:53 am »

I'm having trouble getting the install CD to see my drive. 

IBM xSeries e232 Server
2x PIII 1.333Ghz
Compaq Smart Array 4200
6x 36.4GB HDDs in RAID5 Volume

The CD will boot, load the kernel, load the cpqarray module for my controller, and get to setup, at which point it states it can't find any drive.  From CLI, I find that the system hasn't created the block devices necessary to access the drive (/dev/ida/c0d0 and c0d0p{x}).

I started with a 180GB array that had Win2K NTFS partitions on it, have since cleared those and created 3 partitions:
  /dev/ida/c0d0p1 - 512MB ext2 (/boot)
  /dev/ida/c0d0p2 - 2GB swap
  /dev/ida/c0d0p3 - 20GB ext2 (/)

The basic process of booting and accessing my drive from the CD goes like this-
  boot, setup fails, CLI
  mkdir /dev/ida, mknod /dev/ida/c0d0 b 72 0, mknod /dev/ida/c0d0p{x} b 72 {x}
  chmod 660 /dev/ida/c*, chown root:disk /dev/ida/c*
  mount /dev/ida/c0d0p{x} /mnt/{whatever}

As I said, cpqarray module loads AOK (and now that I have it partitioned, it sees /dev/ida/c0d0p{x}), parted and cfdisk see the volume just fine, though fdisk doesn't see the drive geometry correctly, but probedisk won't find the partitions or the drive, and I have to manually create the block nodes every time.