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I have tried to install FreeBSD 4.9, 5.1, 5.2.1 onto a IBM x345 while FreeBSD cannot recognize any disc and reported "No disks found".

I have read several post regarding the installation issue with serveRaid and know that there are problem with the vendor ID and device ID with adaptec and so FreeBSD cannot correctly recognize the serveRaid 6i.

Post below contains instruction on how to install the FreeBSD on serveRAID 6M with internal and external Disc.

http://www.bsdforums.org/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=20031&highlight=serveRAID
http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/htdig/freebsd-scsi/2004-February/001012.html

Post below about exp for FreeBSD 2-BETA with servRAID 4MX
http://www.bsdforums.org/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=16705&highlight=serveRAID

Post about the vendor and device ID fix
http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/cvsweb.cgi/src/sys/dev/ips/ips.h.diff?r1=1.6&r2=1.7
http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/cvsweb.cgi/src/sys/dev/ips/ips_pci.c.diff?r1=1.9&r2=1.10

I have posted on other forums
http://www.freebsdforums.org/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=20473

But I have the following question
1. I don't have 6M card so I can't get a helper disk like what the author did
2. Is the Device ID of 6M is that same as 6i and what is the Device ID of 6i if they are different ?
3. I saw from post above seeems like vendor ID and device ID have been fixed on 19 March, 2003. How can I get the latest installation media with that build ?
4. I have another machine installed FreeBSD, I have tried to make a release over this machine. When I download the cvs using tag=. and the release can't even boot up.
When I downlod the cvs using tag=RELENG_5_2_1_RELEASE and want to just update the ips related files to the latest version, I can't even finish the make release. What I done wrong ?

Any help is much appreciated.

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You need to define install disks in ServeRAID BIOS, FreeBSD setup will not do this for you.

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What do you see in boot messages about your adapter (Shift-PgUp) ???
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tag=RELENG_5_2_1_RELEASE

it means same thing you get on CD
maybe RELENG_5_2 ??? RELENG_4 ???
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Yes I wanna get the whole CVS repository that is same as the CD and then update the IPS driver and build a release myself for this purpose.

Anyway, I have tried the install snapshot image at 26 April, 2004 and it can successfully recognize the Disk and I think this problem could be closed. Pls refer to below post for details.

http://www.freebsdforums.org/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=20473
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You had the mistake  - you thought you "updated", but actually not.
Do not use CD resleases, use RELENG_5_2 or even .
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>What I done wrong ?
You had the mistake  - you thought you "updated", but actually not.

isnt this an answer ???
please do not refund.
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gheist,

pls calm down. You are very much helpful. The major problem that I encountered is I cannot install the FreeBSD 5.2.1 onto my IBM x345 and I have tried a lot of ways as detailed in my question.

While still failed. I have also tried to follow your instruction but no luck either. (perhaps I have broke my testing FreeBSD) but if I insist of solving the problem and I guess I have a lot more question to ask which is not helpful and related.....

So I choose the easy way round which is to install the FreeBSD using the current snapshot and then downgrade to 5_2_1 p3 while just using the lates IPS driver and recompile the kernel and it works !

Really sorry for any inconvenience caused to you. If you really wish to have the points, I can split 60 points out to another blank question for you. What do you say ?

Thx & Rgds,
Frank
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Since your solution works, i agree you can have your points back, be careful about downgrades, better stay woth RELENG_5_2 for a while until 5.2.2 or 5.3 comes out.
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