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Gentoo Installation Instructions - SCSI Models

Loading the Installation CD

Using 2006.0 and at least 1GB of memory boot up a gentoo installation CD with the docache argument,

 gentoo docache 

This will prevent any problems with the CD spinning down and hanging the system. You should be able to do the install sucessfully if you omit this argument, but it will save you some headaches.

Configuring the hard disks

If you are using the Perc4i regardless of how many drives are mounted, the hardware RAID will create a single device for each logical drive. These will be (dependent on ammount of logical drives, starting with 0): /dev/sda /dev/sdb etc...

Configuring the Kernel

Note that you must compile the SCSI controller as part of the kernel and not as a module (you can not load modules before you bring up the partition). The following are from 2006.0. Using Perc4i RAID controller.

  1. Enable the LSI Logic New Generation RAID Device Drivers and all subsections in the SCSI/Low Level Drivers section (Compiled In)
Device Drivers  --->
  SCSI device support  --->
    SCSI low-level drivers  --->
      <*> LSI Logic New Generation RAID Device Drivers
        <*> LSI Logic Management Module (New Driver)
          <*> LSI Logic MegaRAID Driver (New Driver)

For an excellent reference configuration (the example is for hardened kernel, vanilla gento will skip over some options) look here: [

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