[WBEL-users] Re: High Point HPT-372 drivers

Scott Silva ssilva at sgvwater.com
Mon Mar 21 14:45:11 CST 2005

Arif Gangji wrote:
> I've actually got a similar problem, using Highpoint RocketRAID133.
> I took the source files, created the drivers on a fresh installed WBEL
> machine...no problem (had to give it the proper KERNELDIR option when
> running make).
> When I copy the files over to a floppy and try to give it the disk when
> trying to install WBEL on another machine it reads (see the activity light),
> and continues asking for a driver disk.
> That same disk when given during a RHEL install, throws up an error stating
> that the driver is for a different kernel...so RHEL is seeing the files,
> while it looks like WBEL isn't.....that's as far as I've been able to get.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: whitebox-users-bounces at beau.org
> [mailto:whitebox-users-bounces at beau.org]On Behalf Of keith morse
> Sent: Sunday, March 20, 2005 8:44 PM
> To: keith morse
> Cc: Whitebox-Users
> Subject: [WBEL-users] Re: High Point HPT-372 drivers
> keith morse wrote:
>>keith morse wrote:
>>>Just wondering if any list members are using this chipset on Whitebox
>>>or other RHEL derivatives.  It appears to be a slighty older chipset
>>>and the only drivers appear to be for RH9 and are binary only.
>>>Whitebox-users mailing list
>>>Whitebox-users at beau.org
>>Looked a little harder at the highpoint website and found the source
>>tarball.  Now I'm faced with a different issue.  How does one create a
>>new driver disk for RHEL/Whitebox?  So far the instructions I've found
>>talk about creating a floppy from the img file from the distribution,
>>but not about creating the img file in the first place.
> This is the one I'm finally stuck on.  Is there such a rpm package as
> kernel-source-2.4.21-15.ELBOOT?  I've tried using
> kernel-source-2.4.21-15.EL.i386.rpm and modifying Makefile's EXTRAVERSION to
> -15.ELBOOT, then copied configs/kernel-2.4.21-i686.config to .config in
> /usr/src/linux-2.4.  Ran make oldconfig and make dep then compiling the
> hpt372 driver again.
> When using this driver during install it fails to insert due to unresolved
> symbols.
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These controllers are just a "software" raid controller with their
routines in the bios just like a Promise controller.Without an onboard
processor, they don't take any load from the host machine. Theeir
purpose was to add raid support to an OS that has none, or has none at
boot. You can use most of these type of controllers as their base ide
controller and setup software raid. The performance would probably be
similar, with a very slight advantage to whoever had the most optimized
drivers ( and I would bet the standard raid drivers in linux have had
more work for stability and speed).

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