PowerEdge 1750 and megaraid2 usage on install

Ben bda20 at cam.ac.uk
Sun Mar 6 05:22:00 CST 2005

Now I know this has been asked before but I'm all out of ideas and I can't 
seem to find anything on Google that helps me (unless I'm very dense and 
missing it).

I have a Dell PowerEdge 1750 with the standard PERC 4/Di in it.  I'm doing 
a fresh install of RHEL3 AS u4 from an HTTP server via kickstart.  No 
matter what I do I cannot get it to use the megaraid2 driver over the 
megaraid one.  Here's my setup:


serial 0 9600
default server
prompt 1
display boot.msg
F1 boot.msg

label server
   kernel vmlinuz
   append expert noprobe initrd=initrd.img ks=floppy:/server.cfg 


network --device eth0 --bootproto static --ip --netmask --gateway --nameserver, 
--hostname server.thingy.wossname

url --url
lang en_GB.UTF-8
langsupport --default en_GB.UTF-8 en_GB.UTF-8
keyboard uk
mouse genericps/2 --device psaux --emulthree
firewall --disabled
authconfig --enableshadow --enablemd5
timezone Europe/London
device scsi megaraid2
device net tg3
bootloader --location=mbr
clearpart --all --drives=sda
part /boot --fstype "ext3" --size=100 --ondisk=sda
part / --fstype "ext3" --size=1024 --grow --ondisk=sda
part swap --size=1000 --grow --maxsize=2000 --ondisk=sda

Yet it doesn't load the megaraid2 (or in fact the tg3) driver and I have to 
drop in the tg3 one by hand.  Can someone please explain the probably 
obvious step I'm missing?  If I let it install with the megaraid driver and 
then change /etc/modules.conf to use megaraid2 on the scsi_adapter line 
there's a complaint in dmesg on next reboot about megaraid already being 
loaded (something to do with memory being in use).

If I take out expert noprobe and leave the device lines in it uses the 
megaraid driver.  If I take out the device lines it uses the megaraid 
driver.  I'd really like to use the megaraid2 driver.

I even added these lines to pcitable on the driver floppy:

0x1028  0x000e  "megaraid"      "Dell|PowerEdge Expandable RAID controller 4/Di"
0x1028  0x000f  "megaraid"      "Dell|PowerEdge Expandable RAID controller 4/Di"

In the hope it'd help in the same way adding similar ones for the PERC 
4e/Di helped load megaraid2 for PowerEdge 2850s kickstart installations.

Please, if anyone has a clue there's beertokens in it for you (-:

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