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Re: Install dies at waiting for hardware to init - sorta

Really?  These have been running fine in F6 for a long time now.  When
I attempted to install F9 with the drives already configured it didn't
"appear" to do any harm as they again booted with F6 when I swapped
the drive back in...

But big thanks for the information, wonder how/who (maybe Mark) could
shed more light on how this works?  My hope is maybe some of their
older cards only had this problem?


On Mon, Jul 7, 2008 at 10:30 AM, Alan Cox <alan redhat com> wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 07, 2008 at 10:21:33AM -0500, Dr. Diesel wrote:
>> Any work-a-rounds or is this a bug? I'd like to learn how to do this
>> without pulling the HighPoint cards for the install?
> You will probably need to pull the rocketraid cards, and you'll almost
> certainly need to avoid putting Linux anywhere near them.
> To quote Mark Lord on the kernel list
> "And the Highpoint RocketRAID cards are a similarly dubious choice,
> as their onboard BIOS is known to corrupt filesystems before Linux
> is even booted.
> In particular, an "unconfigured" drive -- just plugged into a RR card
> without entering the BIOS setup to configure a RAID -- gets sector 8 overwritten by the BIOS. This will destroy GRUB if it was installed.
> And for drives which *have* been configured in the RR BIOS,
> it overwrites a sector at the end of the final full GB on the drive,
> for holding RR metadata."
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