Newbie: installation freeze with SuSE 8.0 and Promise FastTrak raid controller

Newbie: installation freeze with SuSE 8.0 and Promise FastTrak raid controller

Post by Dani » Mon, 10 Jun 2002 19:25:33



Hello

This is the first time, I try to install a linux server (used to
Windows before). I am impressed by the open source idea, so I try to
use the best out of it.

Trying to install SuSE 8.0 on a machine with a Jetway I401-R Pentium 4
mainboard, Promise PCD20265R IDE RAID chip (FastTrak 100) onboard, 1GB
SDRAM, 1 4GB Seagate Medalist 4321 ATA disk (model ST34321A), 2 58GB
IBM Deskstar 120GXP ATA disks (IC35L060AVVA07-0) and a CD-ROM drive.

Symptoms 1: In a first try, the 4GB disk was not build in, and I tried
to partition the RAID 1 system (mirroring) into /dev/ataraid/d0p1 1GB
swap, /dev/ataraid/d0p2 as / with 56GB ReiserFS (also tried ext3), had
to reboot (fdisk problem, see
http://sdb.suse.de/de/sdb/html/promise80.html). Formatting is very
fast (10 secs). Installation freezes reproducibally between 1 and 70%,
LED indicating busy drive, hardware reset needed.

Symptoms 2: Trying to configure a /boot and swap partition with the
old 4GB disk, the partition table is altered each time after a reboot:
Configuring /dev/hda1 1GB swap, /dev/hda2 3GB /boot, /dev/ataraid/d0p1
as /, last 2 with ReiserFS. Formatting of RAID still very fast, that
of 4GB disk normal (about 3 mins), same result. After reboot, the kept
partition of yast2 always discards the given one, wanting to put swap
on /dev/ataraid, and ignoring /dev/hda.

As a newbie, might be that I mix up more than one problem here. I just
want to get that server running with that RAID 1 and a good open
source system on it. Is this that hard? Any help will be highly
appreciated!

Thanks in advance
Daniel Frey

Heres an excerpt of the boot.msg (Symptoms 2):


20010315 (SuSE)) #1 Wed Mar 27 13:57:05 UTC 2002
   :
<4>Kernel command line: initrd=initrd ramdisk_size=65536 manual=1
BOOT_IMAGE=linux SuSE=,1207300040,A2953CA1., vga=0x0317 expert=0
   : <4>Detected 1814.852 MHz processor.
   :
<4>Memory: 1025352k/1048512k available (1389k kernel code, 22764k
reserved, 406k data, 120k init, 131008k highmem)
   : <4>CPU: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 1.80GHz stepping 04
   :
<4>PCI: PCI BIOS revision 2.10 entry at 0xfb160, last bus=2
<4>PCI: Using configuration type 1
<4>PCI: Probing PCI hardware
<3>Unknown bridge resource 0: assuming transparent
<3>Unknown bridge resource 2: assuming transparent
<6>PCI: Using IRQ router PIIX [8086/2440] at 00:1f.0
   :
<4>ide: Assuming 33MHz system bus speed for PIO modes; override with
idebus=xx
<4>PIIX4: IDE controller on PCI bus 00 dev f9
<4>PIIX4: chipset revision 18
<4>PIIX4: not 100% native mode: will probe irqs later
<4>    ide0: BM-DMA at 0xf000-0xf007, BIOS settings: hda:DMA, hdb:DMA
<4>    ide1: BM-DMA at 0xf008-0xf00f, BIOS settings: hdc:pio, hdd:pio
<4>PDC20265: IDE controller on PCI bus 02 dev 68
<6>PCI: Found IRQ 11 for device 02:0d.0
<4>PDC20265: chipset revision 2
<6>ide: Found promise 20265 in RAID mode.
<4>PDC20265: not 100% native mode: will probe irqs later
<4>PDC20265: (U)DMA Burst Bit ENABLED Primary MASTER Mode Secondary
MASTER Mode.
<4>    ide2: BM-DMA at 0xa400-0xa407, BIOS settings: hde:pio, hdf:pio
<4>    ide3: BM-DMA at 0xa408-0xa40f, BIOS settings: hdg:DMA, hdh:pio
<4>hda: ST34321A, ATA DISK drive
<4>hdb: LG CD-ROM CRD-8522B, ATAPI CD/DVD-ROM drive
<4>hde: IC35L060AVVA07-0, ATA DISK drive
<4>hdf: IC35L060AVVA07-0, ATA DISK drive
<4>ide0 at 0x1f0-0x1f7,0x3f6 on irq 14
<4>ide2 at 0x9400-0x9407,0x9802 on irq 11
<4>blk: queue c031ece4, I/O limit 4095Mb (mask 0xffffffff)
<4>hda: safely enabled flush
<6>hda: 8404830 sectors (4303 MB) w/128KiB Cache, CHS=523/255/63,
UDMA(33)
<4>blk: queue c031f3c4, I/O limit 4095Mb (mask 0xffffffff)
<4>hde: safely enabled flush
<6>hde: 120103200 sectors (61493 MB) w/1863KiB Cache,
CHS=119150/16/63, UDMA(100)
<4>blk: queue c031f514, I/O limit 4095Mb (mask 0xffffffff)
<4>hdf: safely enabled flush
<6>hdf: 120103200 sectors (61493 MB) w/1863KiB Cache,
CHS=119150/16/63, UDMA(100)
<4>hdb: no flushcache support
<4>hdb: ATAPI 52X CD-ROM drive, 128kB Cache
<6>Uniform CD-ROM driver Revision: 3.12
<4>ide-floppy driver 0.99
<6>Partition check:
<6> hda: hda1 hda2
<6> hde: [PTBL] [7476/255/63] hde1
<6> hdf: [PTBL] [7476/255/63] hdf1
   :
<6>SCSI subsystem driver Revision: 1.00
<3>request_module[scsi_hostadapter]: Root fs not mounted
<3>request_module[scsi_hostadapter]: Root fs not mounted
<6>md: md driver 0.90.0 MAX_MD_DEVS=256, MD_SB_DISKS=27
<6>md: Autodetecting RAID arrays.
<6>md: autorun ...
<6>md: ... autorun DONE.
   :

 
 
 

Newbie: installation freeze with SuSE 8.0 and Promise FastTrak raid controller

Post by curt » Thu, 13 Jun 2002 03:38:11


I found using redhat 7.2 and the fasttrak100 to be fairly easy to install,
with a few tricks after the install to make it boot correctly from the
array..  Im not sure how redhat compares to suse as I havent tryed suse yet
....  also if your using the opensource drivers included with 2.4.x kernel's
you may wanna try the closed source drivers on promise's website ..

Good luck  :)


> Hello

> This is the first time, I try to install a linux server (used to
> Windows before). I am impressed by the open source idea, so I try to
> use the best out of it.

> Trying to install SuSE 8.0 on a machine with a Jetway I401-R Pentium 4
> mainboard, Promise PCD20265R IDE RAID chip (FastTrak 100) onboard, 1GB
> SDRAM, 1 4GB Seagate Medalist 4321 ATA disk (model ST34321A), 2 58GB
> IBM Deskstar 120GXP ATA disks (IC35L060AVVA07-0) and a CD-ROM drive.

> Symptoms 1: In a first try, the 4GB disk was not build in, and I tried
> to partition the RAID 1 system (mirroring) into /dev/ataraid/d0p1 1GB
> swap, /dev/ataraid/d0p2 as / with 56GB ReiserFS (also tried ext3), had
> to reboot (fdisk problem, see
> http://sdb.suse.de/de/sdb/html/promise80.html). Formatting is very
> fast (10 secs). Installation freezes reproducibally between 1 and 70%,
> LED indicating busy drive, hardware reset needed.

> Symptoms 2: Trying to configure a /boot and swap partition with the
> old 4GB disk, the partition table is altered each time after a reboot:
> Configuring /dev/hda1 1GB swap, /dev/hda2 3GB /boot, /dev/ataraid/d0p1
> as /, last 2 with ReiserFS. Formatting of RAID still very fast, that
> of 4GB disk normal (about 3 mins), same result. After reboot, the kept
> partition of yast2 always discards the given one, wanting to put swap
> on /dev/ataraid, and ignoring /dev/hda.

> As a newbie, might be that I mix up more than one problem here. I just
> want to get that server running with that RAID 1 and a good open
> source system on it. Is this that hard? Any help will be highly
> appreciated!

> Thanks in advance
> Daniel Frey

> Heres an excerpt of the boot.msg (Symptoms 2):


> 20010315 (SuSE)) #1 Wed Mar 27 13:57:05 UTC 2002
>    :
> <4>Kernel command line: initrd=initrd ramdisk_size=65536 manual=1
> BOOT_IMAGE=linux SuSE=,1207300040,A2953CA1., vga=0x0317 expert=0
>    : <4>Detected 1814.852 MHz processor.
>    :
> <4>Memory: 1025352k/1048512k available (1389k kernel code, 22764k
> reserved, 406k data, 120k init, 131008k highmem)
>    : <4>CPU: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 1.80GHz stepping 04
>    :
> <4>PCI: PCI BIOS revision 2.10 entry at 0xfb160, last bus=2
> <4>PCI: Using configuration type 1
> <4>PCI: Probing PCI hardware
> <3>Unknown bridge resource 0: assuming transparent
> <3>Unknown bridge resource 2: assuming transparent
> <6>PCI: Using IRQ router PIIX [8086/2440] at 00:1f.0
>    :
> <4>ide: Assuming 33MHz system bus speed for PIO modes; override with
> idebus=xx
> <4>PIIX4: IDE controller on PCI bus 00 dev f9
> <4>PIIX4: chipset revision 18
> <4>PIIX4: not 100% native mode: will probe irqs later
> <4>    ide0: BM-DMA at 0xf000-0xf007, BIOS settings: hda:DMA, hdb:DMA
> <4>    ide1: BM-DMA at 0xf008-0xf00f, BIOS settings: hdc:pio, hdd:pio
> <4>PDC20265: IDE controller on PCI bus 02 dev 68
> <6>PCI: Found IRQ 11 for device 02:0d.0
> <4>PDC20265: chipset revision 2
> <6>ide: Found promise 20265 in RAID mode.
> <4>PDC20265: not 100% native mode: will probe irqs later
> <4>PDC20265: (U)DMA Burst Bit ENABLED Primary MASTER Mode Secondary
> MASTER Mode.
> <4>    ide2: BM-DMA at 0xa400-0xa407, BIOS settings: hde:pio, hdf:pio
> <4>    ide3: BM-DMA at 0xa408-0xa40f, BIOS settings: hdg:DMA, hdh:pio
> <4>hda: ST34321A, ATA DISK drive
> <4>hdb: LG CD-ROM CRD-8522B, ATAPI CD/DVD-ROM drive
> <4>hde: IC35L060AVVA07-0, ATA DISK drive
> <4>hdf: IC35L060AVVA07-0, ATA DISK drive
> <4>ide0 at 0x1f0-0x1f7,0x3f6 on irq 14
> <4>ide2 at 0x9400-0x9407,0x9802 on irq 11
> <4>blk: queue c031ece4, I/O limit 4095Mb (mask 0xffffffff)
> <4>hda: safely enabled flush
> <6>hda: 8404830 sectors (4303 MB) w/128KiB Cache, CHS=523/255/63,
> UDMA(33)
> <4>blk: queue c031f3c4, I/O limit 4095Mb (mask 0xffffffff)
> <4>hde: safely enabled flush
> <6>hde: 120103200 sectors (61493 MB) w/1863KiB Cache,
> CHS=119150/16/63, UDMA(100)
> <4>blk: queue c031f514, I/O limit 4095Mb (mask 0xffffffff)
> <4>hdf: safely enabled flush
> <6>hdf: 120103200 sectors (61493 MB) w/1863KiB Cache,
> CHS=119150/16/63, UDMA(100)
> <4>hdb: no flushcache support
> <4>hdb: ATAPI 52X CD-ROM drive, 128kB Cache
> <6>Uniform CD-ROM driver Revision: 3.12
> <4>ide-floppy driver 0.99
> <6>Partition check:
> <6> hda: hda1 hda2
> <6> hde: [PTBL] [7476/255/63] hde1
> <6> hdf: [PTBL] [7476/255/63] hdf1
>    :
> <6>SCSI subsystem driver Revision: 1.00
> <3>request_module[scsi_hostadapter]: Root fs not mounted
> <3>request_module[scsi_hostadapter]: Root fs not mounted
> <6>md: md driver 0.90.0 MAX_MD_DEVS=256, MD_SB_DISKS=27
> <6>md: Autodetecting RAID arrays.
> <6>md: autorun ...
> <6>md: ... autorun DONE.
>    :


 
 
 

1. Promise FastTrak 100 RedHat 8.0 freeze on startup

Hi all,

I've got a bit of a situation with a Promise FastTrak 100 IDE Raid card
and RedHat 8.0: the drivers don't work.

Specifically, the Partial Open Source drivers provided by Promise crash
the system when I attempt to load the module into the kernel.

Start from the beginning, you ask?  All right, I'll do just that.

We got the RedHat 8.0 system installed just fine, minus the Promise
FastTrak 100.  We installed RedHat onto a non-raid drive.  We then set
out to install the Promise drivers for the card.  During compilation
(which failed), there was a complaint about compilers that amounted to the
fact that the proprietary part of the Promise drivers are compiled with
GCC 2.95.* and RedHat 8.0 is a GCC 3.2 based system.

That was fine.  We just downloaded and installed GCC 2.95.*, and
recompiled.  No errors this time.  I was quite hopeful.  Of course, we
recompiled the kernel with GCC 2.95.* beforehand, in case you're
wondering.  :)

The moment came to test the module, and all that happened was a kernel
panic upon the 'insmod FastTrak...' command.  Hard reboot required.
Ouch.

That's where we stand now.  This is Linux in the corporate arena, and for
one would really love to see it fly.  Does anyone have experience with
this type of problem?  Does anyone from Promise Technologies read this
newsgroup?

Any help would be appreciated.  We'll be looking into the other driver
packages on Promise's site, and as a last resort, we'll update the card's
bios to the latest version... on that note, does anyone know if the
latest Promise driver offering requires a bios update?

Thanks for your time - if you've made it this far through my ramblings,
it means you want to see linux succeed in the corporate space as much as
I do.

To reply via email, switch the 'dc' to 'cd' in my email

Again, thanks,

James Addison

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