Subject: Re: Installing NetBSD experiences and help wanted
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Jimmie Houchin <email@example.com>
Date: 06/21/2005 10:46:42
Robert Cates wrote:
> it seems I just read another post about a problem with NetBSD not
> finding the harddrive, which I find very interesting. What I'm
> wondering is how you have your BIOS set, i.e. the boot-order, and if you
> can set the 1st boot device for the 1st drive of your LSI MegaRaid card
> (I'm assuming you don't have any IDE harddrives installed on that
> machine). Added note, I've recently found out myself that the NetBSD
> installer currently only supports installation on one harddrive. Any
> additional harddrives you have in the machine need to be setup after
> installation. It could be that the NetBSD does not support that
> particular LSI MegaRaid card yet, but have a look at the BIOS settings.
As far as I remember the LSI drives are presented as the first drive.
I have no IDE drives, the onboard Promise SATA is empty, I have 2 arrays
on my LSI card.
While composing this email I went to the hardware page you linked.
I then searched the site. I haven't found any explicit references to
support my thoughts that NetBSD had support for the LSI 150-6
controller. I thought it did. My bad, my apologies.
I guess in reading the NetBSD and FreeBSD docs I mixed them up.
FreeBSD supports the LSI 150-6 controller.
After a little research apparently FreeBSD didn't support this card
until 5.4. So it is pretty recent for them also.
I don't understand why vendor (when they do) support Linux better and
sooner than the BSDs. The BSD license and culture I think seems
friendlier to the corporate environment. Hmm. :(
I haven't tried FreeBSD on this machine. Just my desktop.
Hopefully soon these drivers will be ported, and I can possibly give
NetBSD a try on this machine. Unless I've deployed it by then.
I cced as stated below the netbsd-help address. Since this isn't a
platform specific issue I didn't email the amd64 port maintainer.
> You may want to mail the port maintainer directly:
> firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
> I did find LSI Logic RAID MegaRAID 320-1, 320-2 listed on the
> http://www.netbsd.org/Hardware/pci.html web page, which you might want
> to lookover. You might want to check exactly which chipset is on the
> card, maybe it uses a chipset that is not yet supported.(?) Supported
> NICs are also listed on that page. Go one page up for other supported
> In any case, I'm interested to know what you end up doing.
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