Promise TX2300

Daniel O'Connor doconnor at
Mon Jan 16 19:42:41 PST 2006

On Tuesday 17 January 2006 13:32, Jacky Jack wrote:
> Booting off of the 6.0-RELEASE-i386-bootonly or disc1 with a Promise TX2300
> card installed causes my box to reboot at the bootloader.  Once the card is
> pulled out I can boot off of either ISO's.
> Is there any known issues with the TX2300 card?

I've had problems with Promise FT100/TX2 controllers with those symptons. Also 
I have seen the loader spin dumping register info until you press the reset 

I found it was only a problem if an array was defined (hah, only..), it seemed 
to only happen on some BIOSen - I had no trouble with older K7 Epox 
motherboards but P4 ones and AMD64 Epox boards exhibited it.

Unfortunately the only work around I have is to install on one disk using the 
motherboard controller then mirror onto the other after connecting it to the 
RAID. Obviously this only works if you want a mirror and is a PITA.

I am not sure how to properly fix it though, or even whos fault it is 
(FreeBSD, mobo maker, or Promise) - in the P4 case I found that the BIOS 
would freeze solid when you entered the menu if an array was defined on the 
RAID card :(

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