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Hi All,

I am trying to add a 3Ware 9500S-8 RAID controller to a CentOS 5.4 box.

I have the drivers from 3Ware and they seem to be a .ko file (which I presume is like a .kext on OSX)

How do I install these? Searched turn up people talking about Kernel panics with .ko's but I dont see anything that points to to installing one so I can use the card.

Best,
-Jason

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  • Gordon McLellan at Apr 10, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    On Sat, Apr 10, 2010 at 5:59 PM, Slack-Moehrle wrote:
    Hi All,

    I am trying to add a 3Ware 9500S-8 RAID controller to a CentOS 5.4 box.

    I have the drivers from 3Ware and they seem to be a .ko file (which I presume is like a .kext on OSX)

    How do I install these? Searched turn up people talking about Kernel panics with .ko's but I dont see anything that points to to installing one so I can use the card.
    The driver should have come with an installer script, that copies the
    module to the correct directory your runtime kernel is using for
    modules. If the driver download is nothing but a .ko file, do you
    know what kernel it was complied for? try sticking it in
    /lib/modules/$YOUR_KERNEL_VERSION/extra and then do a depmod -a to
    update the modules list, and lastly a modprobe to load your module.

    Gordon
  • Daniel Bird at Apr 10, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    On 10/04/2010 22:59, Slack-Moehrle wrote:
    Hi All,

    I am trying to add a 3Ware 9500S-8 RAID controller to a CentOS 5.4 box.
    FYI
    http://www.3ware.com/KB/article.aspx?id546

    D
  • Benjamin Franz at Apr 11, 2010 at 1:04 am

    Slack-Moehrle wrote:
    Hi All,

    I am trying to add a 3Ware 9500S-8 RAID controller to a CentOS 5.4 box.

    I have the drivers from 3Ware and they seem to be a .ko file (which I presume is like a .kext on OSX)

    How do I install these? Searched turn up people talking about Kernel panics with .ko's but I dont see anything that points to to installing one so I can use the card.
    Have you tried it without installing the vendor driver? That board
    should be old enough to be supported natively. I use 9550SX boards
    without any problems.

    --
    Benjamin Franz
  • Slack-Moehrle at Apr 12, 2010 at 3:35 pm
    Hi Benjamin,
    I am trying to add a 3Ware 9500S-8 RAID controller to a CentOS 5.4 box.

    I have the drivers from 3Ware and they seem to be a .ko file (which I presume is like a .kext on OSX)
    Have you tried it without installing the vendor driver? That board
    should be old enough to be supported natively. I use 9550SX boards
    without any problems.
    Can you tell me the process you take? I dont see drives available, I believe they are being exported to the OS though. I took my 8x1.5tb drives, went into the card setup and set each one as a single drive and when the machine boots, the card says they are exported.

    What can I try to ensure that CentOS is seeing them?

    -Jason
  • John Doe at Apr 12, 2010 at 4:04 pm
    From: Slack-Moehrle <mailinglists at mailnewsrss.com>
    Can you tell me the process you take? I
    dont see drives available, I believe they are being exported to the OS though. I
    took my 8x1.5tb drives, went into the card setup and set each one as a single
    drive and when the machine boots, the card says they are exported.
    Look maybe at SCSI_3W_9XXX In '/usr/src/kernels/.../drivers/scsi/Kconfig'
    But they mention a '3w-9xxx.c' that is not there...

    JD
  • Ryan Manikowski at Apr 12, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    On 4/12/2010 12:04 PM, John Doe wrote:
    From: Slack-Moehrle <mailinglists at mailnewsrss.com>
    Can you tell me the process you take? I
    dont see drives available, I believe they are being exported to the OS though. I
    took my 8x1.5tb drives, went into the card setup and set each one as a single
    drive and when the machine boots, the card says they are exported.
    Look maybe at SCSI_3W_9XXX In '/usr/src/kernels/.../drivers/scsi/Kconfig'
    But they mention a '3w-9xxx.c' that is not there...

    JD



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    Another user already suggested the use of fdisk and this is a
    continuation of that.

    Issuing the command 'fdisk -l' without specifying a drive will print the
    partition table of ALL detected drives attached to a system.

    Also, having used 3ware cards extensively with Centos, the module for
    you card is included with 5.4. No need to use the 3ware module from
    their website.


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  • Benjamin Franz at Apr 12, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Slack-Moehrle wrote:
    Hi Benjamin,


    Have you tried it without installing the vendor driver? That board
    should be old enough to be supported natively. I use 9550SX boards
    without any problems.
    Can you tell me the process you take? I dont see drives available, I believe they are being exported to the OS though. I took my 8x1.5tb drives, went into the card setup and set each one as a single drive and when the machine boots, the card says they are exported.

    What can I try to ensure that CentOS is seeing them?
    If you are using the current CentOS (make sure that you are using 5.4
    with the current kernel - it probably is not enough to be using bare
    un-updated 5.0 or some such old version) just type

    fdisk -l /dev/sda

    which should give you something similar to this:

    Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

    changing '/dev/sda' to sdb through sdh or whatever is appropriate to
    your system to check each exported drive.

    --
    Benjamin Franz

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