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December 7, 2009 5:02:16 PM

where I can find the linux driver for ICH9R for Intel?

I´m installing a Centos 4 for a pbx but is asking for the hgg driver.

the sistem is an x3200 series from IBM Mod 4368-b2u.

Thanks in advance.

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December 8, 2009 3:38:15 AM

This topic has been moved from the section Storage to section Linux/Free BSD by R_manic
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December 8, 2009 12:50:17 PM

hgg Driver?

Is there any reason for using CentOS 4?
you might find better hardware support with a later build.
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December 8, 2009 4:34:13 PM

If you are talking about support for any raid devices created by this controller, then I would highly recommend going with a more modern distro, like Fedora http://fedoraproject.org/. As the others say, the new kernel and dm-multipath versions have support for this controller.

Fedora 12 was recently released, and I can confirm it has support for this raid controller. You can try a "Live" version that can boot from CD/DVD or a USB drive, without touching your harddisks. You can also try another Live distribution like PartedMagic: http://partedmagic.com/ I've used 4.5 and it properly detected a raid0 on this controller. Previous version of Fedora and PartedMagic only showed the individual drives, even though they were in a raid.

A quick note, since support was recently added, I know it isn't in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 (this is what CentOS 5 is built from), and it absolutely would not be in CentOS 4. RHEL (and thus CentOS) are built from stable Fedora releases, meaning anything in F12 would not appear in RHEL/CentOS until version 6. Check the timeline here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RHEL

The latest RHEL/CentOS are based on Fedora 6, which was released in 2007. RHEL/CentOS 4 were released in 2005.
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December 9, 2009 12:40:20 AM

MrLinux said:
hgg Driver?

Is there any reason for using CentOS 4?
you might find better hardware support with a later build.



Thanks for the response, is de HDD Driver, sorry for the mistake.

I´m using Centos 4.1 because is the base for an asterisk PBX customised with GUI and all everyting that I need.

Do you think is possible to find this driver?

Thanks in advance.

Hector
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December 9, 2009 12:44:36 PM

From what I see of that machine, it was designed for use as a server; the problem will (probably) be motherboard chip-set support in the Linux kernel.

Check you don't have motherboard RAID enabled and the drive is connected to a normal SATA/SAS/PATA port; failing that, the best chances are to try installing a PATA drive (if the machine supports it), failing that try a SAS drive (I'm guessing that SCSI support is better than SATA, but could easily be wrong); if that fails the only option is to update the Linux kernel (which means using a later build) or use another PC... unless anyone else has any ideas?
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December 9, 2009 1:20:38 PM

It's always *possible* to install a later kernel (and any dependencies) without actually changing the system too much. You can boot into the new kernel and see if your hardware works, and always back out and boot into your old kernel. I've done this with a Fedora kernel on a RHEL system before. Another option is to virtualize your CentOS install using something like Fedora or Ubuntu KVM or Xen virtualization, but you could end up needing access directly to your hardware so that might not work.
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December 10, 2009 12:23:25 AM

Centos 4.1 is ancient to the point it becomes a major liability.

You have to get Centos 4.8 to get the security patches at the very least.

What are you using that is based on 4.1? It is irresponsible for the developers to distribute a version that old.

You could get an older SATA or SCSI controller that's Linux friendly and works out of the box with Centos 4.8 and disable the ICH9R controller as MrLinux hinted at earlier.

Redhat has a hardware compatibility list for RHEL 4.8 on their website which is the basis for Centos 4.8.

Good luck :) 
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December 10, 2009 1:01:29 AM

hggp0675 said:
where I can find the linux driver for ICH9R for Intel?

I´m installing a Centos 4 for a pbx but is asking for the hgg driver.

the sistem is an x3200 series from IBM Mod 4368-b2u.

Thanks in advance.


You want to run a newer version of CentOS if you can. Version 5 is out and it should have the right driver (sata_ahci) to support the Intel ICH9 SATA ports.
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