I have used the instruction and files below to install Mandrake 9.2 on
motherboard from Gigabyte. It uses the
Promise 20276 chipset and this is not supported yet for MD 9.2
I have 2 x 80 Gb Hard drives in stripping raid configuration.
The instructions and files are the same as per Promise, only the
version supported is for the
standard kernel of 9.2 And I added a comment at the end of script
to show they are not original Promise.
On normal installation, the disks are found not to be raid (/dev/hdx)
compiling a FastTrak.o driver, I could not reboot.
So I modified the freely given scripts from Promise in oder to load a
newly compiled kernel for the version 2.4.22-10mdk.
All in all, you will need to create a floppy disk with 7 files, 1
folder (with 1 of the file in that folder):
1) The readme.txtfile for instructions
(size 4624 bytes). READ THIS FILE WELL.
2) The floppy.fix file to load the driver
into the installation driver
(size 1153 bytes)
3) The Setup-ft script
to copy the driver on
machine and create the initrd (size
4) The modules.cgz
file used to keep all
divers. Only the BOOT and the 10mdk are compiled. The others are copies
of the 10mdk and could work or not (not tested) with the Don't check
version option of module loading (size
5) The install script
(not used) that was never tested but
should be OK, It is used only for access a drive after the boot where
boot is not raid (size
6) The Mdk-92-1.02.0.25
empty file used
for versionning (size
Create 1 folder
named 2.4.22-10mdkBOOT where you are going to copy:
7) The FastTrak.o driver
the installation kernel (size
I can not put a zip file on this free site therefore you will need to
load all files independantly by using the right mouse button and 'save
The CGZ file was done with the command cpio
The FastTrak.o files where compiled with sources for 2.4.22 and the
makefile was modified to 2.4.22-10mdk
P.S. I have already sent a zip file to someone in Germany and he was
able to install. This was a seconde test for the files.
Some more info on the Mandrake forums Install and Hardware.
Here is an excerpt of the modified readme from Promise:
2.4.x misidentify Promise ATA-RAID controllers as simple
IDE controllers. This results in the built-in Linux IDE driver trying to
handle the controller and can prevent the proper FastTrak ATA RAID
1.3 Prepare a Driver Diskette
You will use a diskette to load the new Linux driver
onto your PC.
1) Obtain a new, formatted diskette and label it
"FastTrak Driver Disk."
Insert it into your PC's floppy
2) Extract the contents of the driver file you
downloaded from the
Promise website onto your floppy
disk. Use either WinZIP in Windows or
Unzip in Linux to extract the
2.2 To install the FastTrak Series Linux Driver into a NEW SYSTEM
1.) Start the Mandrake Linux installation with CD-ROM booting.
2.) At the Mandrake Linux installation screen appear, Press F1.
3.) Append parameters below at the "boot:" prompt,
then press the Enter key.
4.) When "If you want to insert third-party kernel modules?"
message appear, Please select "No" to
5.) Press Ctrl-Alt-F2 at language selection menu, insert the
FastTrak Driver Disk in the floppy drive.
6.) Issue following commands to load FastTrak module, Because
Mandrake linux not initial floppy device
# modprobe floppy
# mkdir /floppy
# mount -t ext2 /dev/fd0 /floppy
(Extract from linux)
or mount -t vfat /dev/fd0 /floppy (Extract from Windows)
# cd /floppy
# sh floppy.fix
# cd /
# umount /floppy
7.) Then Press Ctrl-Alt-F7 and proceed with the install.
8.) When installation at "Install bootloader" menu, click
button then click "OK" button. If you
have multi-boot items, please
select each entries then click "Modify"
button, append kernel
parameters at Append field.