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    Mandrake 10.1 and DAC960

    I am looking to install Mandrake Linux 10.1 on a box using a Mylex/LSILogic DAC960PG/PJ card.

    The card is found during install and loads the DAC960 driver. However, it always comes back with the following error:

    An error occurred
    An error occurred - no valid devices were found on which to create new filesystems. Please check you hardware for cause of this problem.

    I have worked with the DAC960 for years and as far as I can tell it is ready to go.

    System Config
    CPU: Duel 1.26GHx
    MEM: 1GB

    Please help

  2. #2

    Solution For My Case, Maybe Yours

    I found this article in my searches for DAC960 Compaq Smart Array media error resolution. In this case, I was trying to install Mandrake 10.1, but everything after 9.0 was failing. To resolve the issue, I used rawwritewin.exe to write one of the alternative images to floppy (in this case "cdrom.img-2.4.27-0.pre2.1mdkBOOT"). That way, I'm loading with an older kernel that knew what my DAC960 was.

    I then experienced a problem when it was trying to initialize /dev/ram3 with the CD contents. At "boot:" I had to specify "linux root=/dev/ram3 ramdisk_size=32000 ide=nodma". In 10.1, "root=/dev/ram3" is already in their cmd line options, so I didn't need it. After all that, I was able to install.

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