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SubjectRe: PDC20265
I don't have the exact message syntax, but I can tell
you what I was doing, and what happened.

I boot off my eide drive ( not off promise
load the modules ( insmod scsi_mod.o, and ft.o ( from

I get a message back from the insmod ft.o command
saying that it loaded the fasttrak software,
interesting enough is states IRQ7 ? Weird cause the
CMOS boot messages state that the promise controller
is on IRQ10.

Anyway I do a fdisk /dev/sda and setup my partitions.

Then I issue a mkfs /dev/sda1 ( which defaults to ext2
). It chunks along to around 140/537 and I receive a
TIMEOUT message from fasttrak, then there is a pause,
and then a Software Reset message. A screen full on
I/O errors ( very quick output, can't get full text ).
and then the machine boots.

I don't know what is going on. RH sees the drives
without the driver (ft.o) as ideE and ideG. From what
I understand, after loading the ft.o module I am
supposed to access the Array as /dev/sda.

Thank you for your help,
--- David Grant <> wrote:
> No, not yet. I had the same problem with Redhat 7.1
> as well. I'm actually
> thinking it might have to do with the fact that I
> have some IRQ sharing
> going. I actually was able to install Linux on this
> PC a few months ago.
> And I the only thing I changed since then, was that
> I added a network card
> (which I believe is now IRQ sharing with the Promise
> chip) and upgraded the
> BIOS. I don't think the BIOS would cause a problem,
> so I think it might be
> the IRQ sharing, which also has something to do with
> ACPI, which is supposed
> to cause problems.
> I really should unplug my network card, and see if
> that fixes things. I
> just haven't gotten around to doing that yet. Maybe
> I'll do it tonight.
> I'll keep you posted.
> Another problem I just discovered it that my RAM has
> a few problems in it.
> I used memtest-86 and found a couple locations that
> are bad. This may be
> causing a problem if the IDE drive writes to RAM and
> then checks if the
> write went okay. If it discovers that the write did
> not occur properly, it
> will not send and IRQ back to the CPU, and maybe
> this is where the problem
> is. RAM problems often cause unpredictable things.
> Can you tell me the exact error messages you are
> getting? And also post
> them to Preferably,
> try using a new kernel,
> like 2.4.8 as included with Mandrake 7.1, or 2.4.7
> with Redhat 7.2. I think
> some error messages may have changed across kernel
> revisions, but if you
> don't have easy access to new ISO's, don't worry
> about it.
> David Grant
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Tres Guinn" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Thursday, October 25, 2001 2:40 PM
> Subject: PDC20265
> > Did you ever get your controller working ?
> >
> > I have been trying to install REDHAT 7.1 using the
> > PDC20265 in RAID mode 0. I get very similiar
> messages
> > to the ones your getting.
> >
> > I have gone to Promise and downloaded their
> drivers,
> > none of which seem to work.
> >
> > I could really use some help here.
> >
> > Tres
> >
> > __________________________________________________
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