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im not new to linux but its only recently (about a week) that i've really taken a dive into it. I didn't have enough SATA ports so I bought a soft raid card. Egg review says,

Quote:
...Works just fine in Linux using the sata_mv driver in the 2.6.26 kernel...
how exactly would I use this? Im using Ubuntu 10.10 right now. thanks
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Quote:
Originally Posted by hks85 View Post
im not new to linux but its only recently (about a week) that i've really taken a dive into it. I didn't have enough SATA ports so I bought a soft raid card. Egg review says,



how exactly would I use this? Im using Ubuntu 10.10 right now. thanks
What the quote is saying is the kernel driver 'sata_mv" will run the fakeraid card. you manually load it by typing:

Code:
sudo modprobe sata_mv
And there ought to be a config file in ubuntu where you can get the system to load it by default. I'm used to Arch Linux config files, so IDK the name of the file.
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the files path is

/etc/modules

I used

sudo gedit /etc/modules

and added a line that read

modprobe sata_mv

does this sound right?
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ok wait, it works but now there is a slight problem. my boot times went from about 4 sec, to about 45 sec as it scans the external drive I have plugged into a esata port. I'm guessing that its trying to boot from the thing? how can i speed up the boot time but keep the thing mounted during boot?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by hks85 View Post
ok wait, it works but now there is a slight problem. my boot times went from about 4 sec, to about 45 sec as it scans the external drive I have plugged into a esata port. I'm guessing that its trying to boot from the thing? how can i speed up the boot time but keep the thing mounted during boot?
Do you have GRUB installed on one of the HDD's not on the fakeraid card?

If so, and you have the GRUB menu set up properly, you can remove [or disable] all the other HDD's from the boot list in BIOS.
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It sounds like the card is just scanning for drives and not necessarily boot from one. They usually do that just to probe for drives. Also expansion cards typically can't be used to boot unless they are at least somewhat fancy in features and I don't think a model that would run on sata_mv could be very fancy.
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