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Adding Promise Ultra TX2 IDE Controller to Redhat 9

Posted on 2003-11-21
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Last Modified: 2013-12-06
Okay, I'm a total newby to Linux, but I'm determined to escape from this evil Windows world.  This seems like a trivial task, but I'm going to ask the experts.....

I have Redhat 9 installed on Pentium based system.  I purchased a Western Digital 160gig IDE drive, which included a Promise Ultra TX2 IDE controller to allow you to break the 137gig barrier.  I installed the controller and the drive, booted the computer up, and watch the Promise contoller being recognized along with the 160gig drive.  Redhat begins to load but does not prompt me that new hardware has been found.  I can't find a Linux driver on Promise's site, yet I have found other postings where users have a Redhat 9 system and this same controller.  How do you do it?  
Question by:chadly2
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Expert Comment

ID: 9801680
1. You should checking your Promise Driver, but many old models are not support for Linux.


2. As before I had done with another one model, I must get many steps to let the Linux server how to detect it. (not like Windows OS auto detected to prompt you)    :(

Example (for driver readme file)

          FastTrak Series Linux Driver Version
          Installation Note for RedHat Linux [06/27/2002]
1.1 Foreword
       This driver diskette should be used with all Promise FastTrak Series
       adapter and onboard chipsets running under RedHat Linux operating
       Do NOT use this diskette for other versions of Linux for FastTrak

NOTE:  For FastTrak users with Promise chips labelled PDC20265R or PDC20270
       (FastTrak100 Lite motherboard-embedded solutions or FastTrak100TX2)
       running with Linux kernel versions 2.4.x, be aware of additional
       instructions to be performed.
       See Item 1.3 below for description of the issue which use of the
       driver and instructions solves.

1.2 Support List
       PDC20262            FastTrak66
       PDC20265R                      FastTrak100 Lite
       PDC20267            FastTrak100
       PDC20270            FastTrak LP/TX2/TX4
       PDC20271            FastTrak TX2000
       PDC20276            MBFastTrak133 Lite
       PDC20277            SBFastTrak133 Lite
       Red Hat 7.0      (kernel 2.2.16-22)
       Red Hat 7.1      (kernel 2.4.2-2)
       Red Hat 7.2           (kernel 2.4.7-10)
       Red Hat 7.3           (kernel 2.4.18-3)

1.3 Linux kernel 2.4.x ATA issue on FastTrak Series PDC20265R/PDC20270
      Linux Kernels 2.4.x misidentifies PDC20265R/PDC20270 (FastTrak 100 Lite
    motherboard-embedded solution/FastTrak100TX2) cards and/or chips as simple
    IDE controllers. This results in the built-in Linux IDE driver trying to
    handle the controller and can prevent the proper FastTrak ATA RAID driver
    to be loaded. Follow the installation instructions AND the parameter
    commands referred to in the Notes section.
    This called "IDE issue."

       Extract the contents of the ZIP file on to a formatted floppy disk.
       (ZIP file can be extracted by `WinZIP' in windows or `unzip' in linux)
       Label the disk "FastTrak Driver Disk".
2.1 To install the FastTrak Series Linux Driver into an EXISTING SYSTEM:

   1.) Boot linux system and login as root.
   2.) Insert FastTrak Driver Disk for install FastTrak Driver by issuing
       commands :
       # mount /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy
       # cd /mnt/floppy
       # sh install      (Answer Yes/No when inquire setup configuration)
       You can answer Yes to load FastTrak driver when linux booting everytime.
       # cd ..
       # umount /dev/fd0
       NOTE: All IDE channels except the first and second one are disable
             for the "Linux 2.4 ATA issue". It can be enable by removing
             'ide2=0 ide3=0 ide4=0 ide5=0 ide6=0 ide7=0 ide8=0 ide9=0' in
             /etc/lilo.conf or /boot/grub/grub.conf.
   3.) Reboot redhat linux system.

2.2 To install the FastTrak Series Linux Driver into a NEW SYSTEM

   1.) Start the RedHat Linux Installation with CD ROM booting.
   2.) At the "Welcome to Red Hat Linux ..." installation screen, a
       prompt labeled "boot:" will appear at the bottom of the screen.
   3.) If you are in "IDE issue", please press TAB key and append parameters
       (see Note 1 below).
       --- OR ---
       If you are NOT in "IDE issue", type "expert" (without quotations)
       at the "boot:" prompt, then press the enter key.
   4.) At the "Devices" dialog box, insert the FastTrak Driver Disk in the
       floppy drive and then select "OK" or "Yes".
       If installing RedHat 7.1/7.2/7.3, please skip to Step 9.
   5.) After reaching the "Devices" dialog box again, select "Add Device".
   6.) When asked "what kind of device would you like to add?", select
       "SCSI", and then select "OK".
   7.) Press the "P" key and scroll down to "Promise FastTrak Series ....",
       and then select "OK".
   8.) The installation process will now display "Promise FastTrak Series
       Linux Driver" has been found. Select "Done".
   9.) If you are in "IDE issue", when the Boot Loader Configuration menu
       is displayed, please type parameters (see NOTE 2 below) in the Kernel
       parameters field.
       --- OR ---
       If NOT in "IDE issue", ignore step 9 and proceed to step 10.
  10.) Continue with the installation as normal.
  11.) If installing RedHat 7.2 or Update Linux to RedHat 7.1/7.2/7.3.
       Press Ctrl-Alt-F2 when installation at the "Congratulations" menu.
       Other RedHat version please click "Exit" button to finish installation.
  12.) Insert the FastTrak Driver Disk floppy, Issue commands to load FastTrak
       # chroot /mnt/sysimage
       # mount /dev/fd0 /mnt
       # cd /mnt
       # sh setup-ft
       # cd /
       # umount /mnt
       # exit
  13.) Choose your selection here, after FastTrak driver setup successful.
       Please Press Ctrl-Alt-F7 and click "Exit" button to finish installation.


   1.) "expert ide0=0x1f0,0x3f6,14 ide1=0x170,0x376,15 ide2=0 ide3=0 ide4=0
        ide5=0 ide6=0 ide7=0 ide8=0 ide9=0"

   2.) "ide0=0x1f0,0x3f6,14 ide1=0x170,0x376,15 ide2=0 ide3=0 ide4=0 ide5=0
        ide6=0 ide7=0 ide8=0 ide9=0"


I hope it can help.

Accepted Solution

rayktrz earned 1000 total points
ID: 9802337
are you sure it wasn't automatically recognised?
ls  /proc/ide
do you have only the hda etc for your boot disk and CDs?
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Expert Comment

ID: 9811501
yes, it will not automatically recognised. If not, why the producer provide the installation file as above.

Too long ago, It's likely only hda etc during startup. But if the RAID is created, like as "dev/sda" drive will be appeared when bootup.

I make sure it's worked. Because I had got many testing before it launched.

1. I take out one of  harddisk, and replicate to new harddisk for recovery again. The server is back to normal running...
2. Then take out another one of harddisk, the new harddisk is also normally running for Linux.

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Author Comment

ID: 9813115
Like I said, I'm a Newbie to Linux.  Turns out it was recognized automatically.  I just didn't know the command to view what ide controllers and hd's were recognized.  I partitioned it (fdisk), created file system (mke2fs -q), created a directory /mnt/datadisk, and then created mount entry in /etc/fstab file.  I'm all set!  I found a way to bookmark this drive in Nautilis, but is there a way to create a shortcut on the disktop (Gnome)?

Thanks for your help!
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Expert Comment

ID: 9816771
Hi chadly2,

Overall you had recognised the Promise Ultra TX2 IDE Controller, but can I know is it working for RAID function as normal ?


Author Comment

ID: 9818297
I don't have it set up in a RAID configuration.  It is on its own controller (Promise) all by itself and is to be used only for data.  However I do have the OS mirrored in a software RAID 1 configuration using the IDE controllers built into the motherboard.  But I did this at install time via the Redhat GUI.

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