Please help - adaptec 2820sa not allowing installation

Jahilliya jahilliya at
Mon Jun 19 01:01:00 UTC 2006

On 6/19/06, John Kozubik <john at> wrote:
> On Mon, 19 Jun 2006, Jahilliya wrote:
> > Try hitting scroll lock and then page up to view the dmesg or go to
> > the emergency console and run dmesg to see if it picked up any aac
> > devices. You may need to load the module yourself, you should be able
> > to do this from the emergency console (not sure tho).
> >
> > I've steered clear of the *20SA series of cards from Adaptec (mainly
> > buying the 2410SA) for the two facts, SATA2 isn't listed anywhere on
> > the hardware list and only the xx10SA series SATA cards are listed.
> Yes, that's a good point - which is why I was very cautious and made
> doubly sure to ask very clearly on this mailing list "can I install
> freebsd 6.1 on a 2820sa even though it is not in the HCL" and I was
> assured that the answer was yes.
> So you are saying you think that the 6.1-RELEASE iso does not have aac
> built into it ?  After 4-5 years of it being in every install media, even
> floppies, you think it suddenly is just not there anymore ?  I find that
> difficult to believe...
> I'll check the dmesg in scroll lock to be sure, but I am pretty sure it
> comes up with nothing aac-related.

I'm saying it's a possibility if you're not seeing anything AAC
related in the dmesg and you should make sure that it is in the kernel
or loaded as a module by running kldload (kldload will give some error
about symbol already existing if it is built into the kernel).

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