Raid / Dual booting / Really need help.
eam404 at earthlink.net
Tue Aug 16 20:34:45 GMT 2005
Hey guys -- First off let me give you inisght on my hardware.
CPU: 3400 AMD 64
MB: Asus A8n-SLI Deluxe
Video: Nvidia 6600 GT
Ram: 3gigs Crucial
HD: (2) SATA Hitachi 80gig Drives
RAID: ONBOARD: Silicon Image Sil 1334 Raid Controller
ONBOARD: Nvidia Southbridge Raid Controller
Well it all started when I decided to dual boot my system with Windows Xp, And FreeBSD 5.4. Installing Windows was no problem. It went flawless. When I got to installing FreeBSD 5.4 I had noticed that it was not detecting my Silicon 1334 Raid Controller. And was just showing my 2 Hard Drives (ad4 and ad6) I decided to go ahead and install anyway and setting the boot mgr on BOTH drives. (Just like the hand book says) Well I rebooted, and the boot manager loads. Windows boots just fine, but BSD on the other hand does not. I get a NOT UFS no /kernel Error. Now it seems to me that it cant find the mount points or the kernel on the disk. I think this is caused by a non dectected raid controller. My next step was to disable the Silicon Image 1334 Raid controller and try useing the Nvidia one. I repeated the SAME steps as above and recieved the same error messages. My next thought was maybe 5.4 did not support either of my raid controllers. So I decided to search the web.. turns out some people got it working, most didnt (Go figure the ones that did get it working did not say how). So I did the only thing I could do and try out FreeBSD 6.0-CURRENT. I started again with my Silicon 1334 Raid controller. Again I had no success and FreeBSD did NOT detect my controller. So I had the same resalts. (Not UFS, no /kernel) So this time, as you could guess I tryed the Nvidia controller. This time however, upon booting the install I noticed that FreeBSD did in fact detect my nvidia controller! During the FDISK install step I now had (ad4, ad6 AND ar0). So I went ahead and installed the packages I wanted and had thought I found a solution to my problem! Well it turns out that 6.0 does not come with the ports tree OR Xorg. So now im confused - I do not know how to proceed from here. I also was wondering if there was a way to load the driver for my Nvidia raid controller on my 5.4 installation. So my question comes down to this:
How can I get this working with 5.4 (prehaps by loading a driver?) and if I cant, how can I get 6.0 up and running with everything I need. Also can anyone confirm that these raid controllers ARE or ARE NOT supported.
Thanks for reading - and if anyone has ANY suggestions PLEASE respond. Ive already poured my heart out at bsdforums.org haha.
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