fiermama fiermama at
Sat Oct 18 13:14:01 CDT 2003

Thank you so much for your prompt reply.  As for switching operating systems,  
it isn't my choice.  I'm gonna be using a software package which is only 
supported on 7.3 at this point (i've heard  everything from the software 
doesn't work at all to there are just some random problems of differing 
severity when you use any other version of RHL, depending on who i talk to in 
their tech support).  I'm gonna keep on the software company to try to find 
out what story is for real, but until i get something solid from them, i want 
to start to look into option 3.  Problem:  I'm a newbie.  Do you think i have 
a chance?  If so, do have any reccommendations where i can get info on how to 
hack up a driver?


>===== Original Message From Matt Domsch <Matt_Domsch at> =====
>> Hi, i just got a new Dell workstation equiped with a PERC320 raid card.  
>> the software i will be using, i have to use RedHat 7.3 and so far i have 
>> unable to find drivers for 7.3.  Any suggestions?
>The PERC 320/DC card was first introduced when Red Hat Linux 8.0 was
>released.  The 'aacraid' driver in that kernel, and all Red Hat kernels
>above that, support it.  So, if you can run RHL8 instead of 7.3, your life
>will be much easier.  RHL7.3 will be end-of-support-life at the end of
>December, so you should really consider running something newer.
>If you can run Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1 WS, that kernel includes the
>aacraid driver which will drive the 320/DC card too, and you get a long
>support life from Red Hat.
>If you can't do either, then you need to hack up the aacraid driver in the
>7.3 kernel to add the PCI ID line for the card to linit.c
>/* FIXME static */struct aac_driver_ident aac_drivers[] = {
> ...
>        { 0x9005, 0x0285, 0x1028, 0x0287, aac_rx_init, "percraid", "DELL
>", "PERCRAID        " }, /* Dell PERC 320/DC */
>and build a driver disk, and use that.  Driver disk creation info is
>available at
>You'll note, option 3 is significantly more difficult, so option 2
>followed by option 1 are really your best bets.
>Matt Domsch
>Sr. Software Engineer, Lead Engineer
>Dell Linux Solutions
>Linux on Dell mailing lists @

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