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Date:      Tue, 21 Sep 1999 07:54:24 +1000
From:      "Richard Uren" <richard@thehub.com.au>
To:        "'Ward R Goodwin'" <admin2@empireone.net>
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$b4c90c40$e4f08fcb@thehub.com.au>
In-Reply-To: <004001bf03aa$6f022b40$eb64640a@EntWood.empireone.net>

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Ward,

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 http://www.icp.net.au/raid1/default.htm
   (I should have one of these today).

Ive also tried http://www.accordance.com.tw/araid-(1).html
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).

Cheers
Richard

> -----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
>   wardish@null.net    admin1@empireone.net  17 Computer Drive East
> Phone (518) 453-1111   Fax (518) 489-6706      Albany, NY 12205
> =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
>            Systems are interdependent, I'm indeterminate
> 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Mike Smith [mailto:mike@smith.net.au]
> > > 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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