[ubuntu-uk] Please can someone look at this and try to help...... SATA Hdd Problem.

Rohan Omard nem2killu2 at yahoo.co.uk
Tue Nov 13 12:44:03 GMT 2007

Matthew Macdonald-Wallace Wrote...
  A quick google for "ubuntu highpoint 1540" returned the following:



HighPoint RocketRAID 1540/1542/1544/1640 & 454 (HPT374 chipset),  
RocketRAID 1520 (HPT372, HPT372N, or HPT372A chipset), and Rocket 1520
(HPT302N chipset ? non-RAID) PCI cards ? fakeraid. Supported by  
drivers/ide's hpt36x driver, by at latest 2.4.21-pre5. No libata  
driver exists for these, but Alan Cox is working on one (as of  
2006-01). Note: Some recent HighPoint cards use Marvell 88SX50xx chips
(for which see separate driver info). Problematic proprietary Linux  
i386 binary drivers for HighPoint fakeraid (release 2.0 of which is  
reported to malfunction or even fail to compile on later 2.6 kernels  
ranging, at least, from 2.6.8 through 2.6.14) are available, but, as  
usual, you're better off using Linux's own open-source "md"  
software-RAID driver. (Warning: You'll need to load the proprietary  
driver only into kernels lacking the conflicting drivers/ide htp36x  
driver, in the presence of which your system will seize up, at boot  


Googling the chipset (HPT374) returned a blog post (  
http://stefan.freyr.org/?page_id=6 ) which details how to get the  
module and use it properly on Ubuntu.  Follow the instructions and pay
extra special attention to the "blacklisting" and "initramfs" sections
or you will not be able to boot into Linux and will have to revert to  
the live CD!

Hope this helps, and in future remember...google is your friend! :o)

  Hi Matt
  Thank you for reply. I did indeed do some googling for some answers (after posting on Ubuntu answers on launchpad - incidentally I'm 46yrs old), and I did come across the blog instructions which you so kindly posted above. However, at that time I did not feel confident enough to try and follow those instructions. I think however that I now have no other option, other than buying a new motherboard with more sata ports onboard, which I'm not quite ready to do yet.
  So I will take the plunge  and give it a go, probably this weekend, when I have some time.
  Many thanks for your efforts and your reply.
  Also many thanks to all of you that replied.
  Kind Regards
  (aka Rohan O'mard)

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