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September 1st, 2010, 06:17 AM
All -
I need to add the LSI drivers for the 9750 RAID controller during the install. These drivers are not included in 10.04 (or 10.04.1) and I need to install onto the RAID device I've created. LSI provides the drivers and instructions here -


Here are my steps, with the drivers on a USB drive -

Boot from the installation CD and select Install Ubuntu Server.
Press CTRL+ALT+F2 to switch to console 2 while Ubuntu detects the network.

# mkdir /mnt2 /3ware
# mount /dev/sda1 /mnt2
NOTE: LSI drivers are at /dev/sda1, via USB
# cp /mnt2/9750-server.tgz /3ware
# cd /3ware ; tar zxvf 9750-server.tgz
# umount /mnt2

*** Remove the USB flash before insmod command **

# insmod /3ware/2.6.32-21-generic/3w-sas.ko

Press CTRL+ALT+F1 to return to the installer. Continue the installation as usual. Do not reboot when the installation is complete. Press CTRL+ALT+F2 to switch to console 2 again.

# cp /3ware/2.6.32-21-server/3w-sas.ko /target/lib/modules/2.6.32-21-server/kernel/drivers/scsi
# chroot /target
# /sbin/depmod -a 2.6.32-21-server
# update-initramfs -u -v
# exit

Press CTRL+ALT+F1 to return to the installer. Reboot to complete the installation.

There are no errors, but after I reboot I just get "GRUB" in the upper left corner, nothing else.

Ideas? Thanks.

October 11th, 2010, 08:25 PM
I haven't been able to get it to work either.

From LSI's website http://kb.lsi.com/KnowledgebaseArticle14546.aspx
"Linux kernels 2.6.33 and newer include native support for the 3ware 7000/8000/9500S/9550SX(U)/9590SE/9650SE/9690SA/9750 series controllers."

I was able to download a ubuntu 9.10 x64 ISO from 3ware and install using it.


On a side note I was actually trying to get either FreeNAS or Openfiler installed on the card and neither worked so I tried Ubuntu. At least this gets me working although managing each service individually is a pain (NFS, ISCIS, ect.). Hope that helps.

November 9th, 2010, 07:47 PM
tregora: To fix your GRUB error, just re-install grub either before rebooting into the OS after installation, or while booted into a rescueCD.

Say your installation was on /dev/sdg, / was on sdg2 and /boot was on sdg1, you'll want the following mounts:

mount /dev/sdg2 /target
mount /dev/sdg1 /target/boot
mount -t proc none /target/proc
mount --bind /dev /target/dev
mount -t sysfs none /target/sys

Then chroot into target:

chroot /target /bin/bash

Then reinstall grub
grub-install /dev/sdg

Obviously, replace sdg with the correct drive for your install.

Hope this helps!