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How to intall driver for LSI SAS3442X-R controller

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I'm attempting to bring up a new storage server running Etch.  The installation was direct from the debian-40r4a-i386-kde-CD-1.iso.  No additional changes have been made.  I've installed a LSI SAS3442X-R controller that attaches to a DAS.  When I view System/Storage Media, the DAS device does not appear.  I'm assuming that I need to install the driver for the controller however, I"m not exactly sure 1) where to obtain the driver and 2) how to install it.  The CD that came with the controller only has instructions for Redhat and SuSE.  Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!
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Check here http://wiki.debian.org/Hardware if SAS is supported by a current release of Debian. If yes, get that version! :)

If no, you have to load a module for this controller. Usually this module is provided by the
constructor of the chipset. If it isnt, i am afraid you have t wait until it will be supported in a future release of debian.

However, you may try this:

http://www.sidux.org
http://sidux.com/Article303.html

You will find Debian with a "sid" kernel, and will detect almost all hardware out there!

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Here's what I've found out.  I reviewed the kern.log and it does look like the kernel supports this specific host adapter.
Oct 24 09:57:17 localhost kernel: Fusion MPT base driver 3.04.01
Oct 24 09:57:17 localhost kernel: Copyright (c) 1999-2005 LSI Logic Corporation
Oct 24 09:57:17 localhost kernel: Fusion MPT SAS Host driver 3.04.01

It also appears that the direct attached storage gets recognized but I"m not sure how to mount it.  Is it sda?  How do I determine this?
Oct 24 09:57:17 localhost kernel: ieee1394: Host added: ID:BUS[0-00:1023]  GUID[000108002003a869]
Oct 24 09:57:17 localhost kernel: scsi0 : ioc0: LSISAS1068, FwRev=01120000h, Ports=1, MaxQ=511, IRQ=10
Oct 24 09:57:17 localhost kernel:   Vendor: EMD       Model: Astra ES 16s      Rev: 0328
Oct 24 09:57:17 localhost kernel:   Type:   Direct-Access                      ANSI SCSI revision: 05

Thanks!
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Check what devices are created under /dev
Try to mount them , you cant harm them


mkdir /test
mount /dev/sda /test

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