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Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2006 23:12:44 +0300
From: Solar Designer <>
Subject: installing on Compaq DL380 PIII 700 Xeon

Randy, Andreas, and all -

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On Wed, Feb 15, 2006 at 10:49:40PM -0600, Randy Greif wrote:
> I am trying to install Owl 2.0 now I have tried 1 & 1.1 etc. but it seems
> like everything I do I cannot fdisk the hard drives.
> let me start I have a Compaq DL380 PIII 700 Xeon 128mb RAM for now, two 18.2
> GB HDD on a compaq integrated smart array looks like version 1.68

As Andreas has correctly mentioned, you will likely need to build and
load a driver (kernel module) for the RAID controller.  The relevant
kernel configuration option is CONFIG_BLK_CPQ_DA.

Unfortunately, Owl is currently lacking in support for uncommon hardware -
one has to build those drivers manually.  We will be working on improving
this.  Meanwhile, you can either go for the complexity of building the
driver yourself, or you can let us take care of this installation for
you as I have mentioned before.

But first you need to get around the kernel panic:

> Now I am getting an error on boot up (nothing installed except
> compaqs controller software)

Were you previously able to boot up without getting this error?  If so,
maybe you want to revert whatever changes you applied which caused this.
Then we'll deal with the RAID controller driver.

> the error
> "<0>Kernal Panic: Attempted to kill the idle task!"
> "In idle task - not syncing"
> then it just sets there.

In the LILO boot selection menu, instead of just pressing Enter on the
proper option, type " nosmp noapic".  The resulting boot command line
would look like: "ide-sec-master nosmp noapic".  Does this help?

> other times I got it to boot from the CD then it won't do anything from
> there no fdisk etc.
> I can start "settle"

That's because you need the RAID controller driver - please see above
for the options and let us know whether you need more specific
instructions on how to build the driver or whether you'd like us to
handle the installation for you.

Thank you for your patience with this!

Alexander Peslyak <solar at>
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