Slack on Compaq Proliant 1500
I just bought an old Compaq Proliant 1500 Server, and I've recently taken an interest in Slackware, so I though I would put Slack on the server and take advantage of the RAID array, so I don't have to worry about my data. I'm having a hell of a time though! It took me a while to figure out that I needed to boot off a floppy and upgrade the BIOS before it would boot off a cd. Now I'm booting off the Slackware 10.1 installation disk and trying to get something going. I have no experience with RAID arrays and this is proving difficult. I can't figure out what device the array is represented by in my /dev, so I can set up partitions. I read that using mkraid or mdadm is recommended, but obviously both of these would require me to know which /dev node I need. Furthermore, the array is an actual RAID array off of Compaq's controller, NOT a software RAID built from multiple independent drives...I have a feeling this could either make things easier or present a major problem. I'm not really comfortable with compiling a kernel and using to install on the machine, since I don't have any other hard drive on the server to run the kernel from, I would have to figure out how to make my own boot CD with my own kernel, which is just out of my league at this point. If anyone can offer any ideas on this I would really appreciate it. I just have this RAID array sitting there teasing me and I can't use it!
HW is Compaq Proliant 1500, Pentium 75MHz, 132MB RAM, RAID array of Fast SCSI-2 4.3GB Disks in EISA slot 6. 2x CD-Rom Running on SCSI Channel 5. BIOS E12 8/xx/98. 1 Floppy Drive, 1 DAT Drive also SCSI. No IDE Controller, No USB. Got a 3Com EtherLinkIII which I installed and the BIOS seems to be OK with.
...odd there's no /dev/sda.../dev/md0 won't mount, doesn't exist etc...
when I look in /dev/ida, it's blank:
But in /proc/mdstat, I do have *something*:
/dev# ls i*
I'm at a loss. Sorry for the excessive dumps...but I hope somebody might see something I'm missing in here...I'm pretty new to linux...so basically I have no idea what I'm doing here. Any help is appreciated, thanks in advance!
Personalities : [linear] [raid0] [raid1] [raid5]
read_ahead not set
unused devices: <none>
Compiling a new kernel...
Yeah, I was afraid I might have to compile one...I can do it, I'm just not real comfortable with it yet....also, the original installation iso include stuff other than just the bare.i? Are you talking about booting from floppy and then installing from the CD? I'm gonna try that, although I booted off of raid.s before and I still couldn't find the array, any suggestions for an image that might recognize it? Thanks!