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Date:      Tue, 21 Sep 1999 07:54:24 +1000
From:      "Richard Uren" <>
To:        "'Ward R Goodwin'" <>
Cc:        <freebsd-fs@FreeBSD.ORG>, <freebsd-hackers@FreeBSD.ORG>, <freebsd-hardware@FreeBSD.ORG>
Subject:   RE: Help - Fasttrak eide raid host adapter and FreeBSD 
Message-ID:  <000001bf03b2$b4c90c40$>
In-Reply-To: <004001bf03aa$6f022b40$>

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I purchased one last week - A FastTrak66
(which is perhaps not the 'FastTrack' you mentioned.

Its detects as a 'PCI - Mass Storage Controller' 
(in the Bios startup) and unless there is some 
'emulate an IDE drive' mode that I missed it 
won't work.

Its a cool idea tho.  

This might be better
   (I should have one of these today).

Ive also tried
bu Im getting odd disk errors and strange panics when the
system is idling along (but make world works fine .... - 
Ive just received a list of preferred drives from these guys
and i'll be testing this today/tomorrow as well).


> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-freebsd-fs@FreeBSD.ORG
> [mailto:owner-freebsd-fs@FreeBSD.ORG]On Behalf Of Ward R Goodwin
> Sent: Tuesday, 21 September 1999 6:55
> To: Mike Smith
> Cc: freebsd-fs@FreeBSD.ORG; freebsd-hackers@FreeBSD.ORG;
> freebsd-hardware@FreeBSD.ORG
> Subject: RE: Help - Fasttrak eide raid host adapter and FreeBSD 
> Hi Mike,
> Thanks for the reply.  I guess (unless lightning strikes in the
> next few hours) I'll go ahead and set up as 2 IDE drives without
> mirror and see if I can get FreeBSD to see it.  If that doesn't
> work then back to the motherboard IDE channels...
> BTW it might be software but it's bios level.  Just after the
> motherboard bios access.  Just like when you use scsi raid
> controllers.  So if they get it right it should be able to emulate
> a "standard" IDE drive and not require drivers...
> I was hoping someone had a hack that could translate from what the
> card bios shows and allow me to go ahead and load FreeBSD.
> Thank you for your time,
> Ward
>     Ward Goodwin      System Administrator         EmpireOne
>  17 Computer Drive East
> Phone (518) 453-1111   Fax (518) 489-6706      Albany, NY 12205
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>            Systems are interdependent, I'm indeterminate
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Mike Smith []
> > > Anyone have this working?
> >
> > The FastTrak RAID is performed in software; the
> > hardware on the board
> > itself is just an ordinary two-channel IDE controller.
> >
> > Promise claim they will be releasing a Linux driver
> > sometime later this
> > year; the situation will be re-evaluated at that point.
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