No device file for HP Smart Array 642

Chris du Preez chris at
Mon Nov 22 08:35:27 UTC 2010

Good day.
I have a small problem and would appreciate any help or of someone can point 
me in the right direction in order to solve my problem.

I have upgraded form Ubuntu-8.04 to Ubuntu-10.10 and in the process the device 
files for my HP Smart Array is lost. I have include a line "cciss" in 
"/etc/modules" to make sure the cciss module is loaded at boot time. I have 
also put a line "cciss" in "/etc/initramfs-tools" and run "sudo update-
initramfs -c -k $(uname -r)". 
The module cciss is loaded in the kernel. When I use the command "lsmod | grep 
cciss" I get "cciss                 100213  0" but there are no "/dev/cciss". 
I have installed the server kernel 2.6.35-22-server.
Would it be better if I buy a new Smart Array card and if so which one?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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