[Novalug] Adaptec 1420 & Linux
clif at cflynt.com
Sun Dec 10 14:11:20 EST 2006
I'm playing with some on-the-cheap raid tests using an Adaptec 1420
The 1420 can be more accurately considered as a 4-port SATA adapter
than as a RAID controller.
My first attempt was using the May or so release of SuSE 10.1.
I Installed SuSE with no 1420 and then installed the 1420 and rebooted.
This worked, and the 1420 was identified OK. I next tried power-down,
attached 4 drives and rebooted.
This caused the system to hang at:
sata_mv 0000:00:0c.0 Applying B2 workarounds to unknonw rev
sata_mv 0000:00:0c.0 32 slots 4 ports unkonwn mode IRQ via INTx
ata1: SATA max UDME/133 cmd 0x0 ctl 0xF91a2120 bmdma 0x0 irq 11
ata2: SATA max UDME/133 cmd 0x0 ctl 0xF91a2120 bmdma 0x0 irq 11
ata3: SATA max UDME/133 cmd 0x0 ctl 0xF91a2120 bmdma 0x0 irq 11
ata4: SATA max UDME/133 cmd 0x0 ctl 0xF91a2120 bmdma 0x0 irq 11
I tried booting from the DVD with the 4 SATA drives attached to the
1420, and the DVD boot hangs at "Starting hardware detection"
I've got a brand new Fedora Core 6 DVD that came with Linux Magazine,
so I booted that.
This boots and installs fine. The 4 drives were seen during the
disk definition phase of the install, and described as being a software
Reboot and log in as root, and tried
/sbin/mdadm --create --verbose /dev/md0 --level=raid5 \
--raid-devices=4 /dev/sda1 /dev/sdb1 /dev/sdc1 /dev/sdd1
This got me a set of errors from mdadm about the "Device or resource
busy". /var/log/messages notes that the "superblock magic" is wrong on
these devices. Catting /proc/mdstat shows no personality.
I suspect that I'm a short step from getting things to work under
Fedora, and a somewhat longer step from understanding what I just did.
I suspect that some sort of boot-option would make SuSE happy, and
I might be able to get that to work if I could install it.
For the record, I realize that the simplest and best way to go is
with a real RAID controller, not one of the JBOD type, but I really
want to see if the md stuff actually works and someone could set up a
reliable system on the cheap.
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