FC3 Install on Dell PowerEdge 1800 with CERC 6-channel SATA RAID
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    datmrman Guest

    Thumbs up FC3 Install on Dell PowerEdge 1800 with CERC 6-channel SATA RAID

    This is not a plea for help. I just managed to install Fedora Core 3 on a Dell PowerEdge 1800 with Dell CERC SATA RAID using the infamous aacraid driver and decided to share it with the community.

    The problem with this RAID controller is that the aacraid driver that is shipped with FC3 is broken, causing the installer to crash/freeze. After several days, heres the work around:

    1) Go to adaptec website and download the latest drivers. The one that worked for me was "Linux Installation Driver Diskette and Driver CD Images v2400" located http://www.adaptec.com/worldwide/support/driverdetail.jsp?sess=no&language=English+US&cat=/Product/AAR-2810SA&filekey=aacraid-driverdisks-1.1.5-2400.tgz

    2) Using a linux environment, extract the files and use "dd" to create a driver floppy.
    Code:
    dd if=aacraid-driverdisk-x86_64-FC.img of=/dev/fd0 bs=1440k
    3) Boot to FC3 install disk 1 and at the command prompt use "linux dd" to load the driver
    Code:
    linux dd ANY_OTHER_OPTIONS
    4) Select the driver source which is floppy fd0. Insert the driver disk when prompted.

    5) FC3 will continue successfully to the end!

    Adaptec also provides drivers for other linux distros like Suse, RHEL, and CentOS so this method might work for those as well.

    Hope this will save someone some time and frustration. Good luck!


    BTW FC4 installs fine without a driver disk. I just couldn't configure other things to work correctly on it and had to revert to FC3

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    Maybe you could move this to the how-to section

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    datmrman Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Blue
    Maybe you could move this to the how-to section
    I could, but I think this is a workaround for a common installation problem with Dell RAID controllers. I mean, I searched for this problem first in installation help. In any case, I wouldn't know how to move this thread to the howto section in the first place

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