As you can tell, this is my first post and my first attemp to install arch. I downloaded the latest ftp install floppies "Arch Linux 0.5 (Nova)" and I am trying to install arch on a PII system with and Adaptec 2940UW controller and no cdrom. I can boot from Tom's recue disk:
and the controller is recognized and I can use fdisk to partition the drive.
However, when I boot from the arch install floppies, the controller is not recognized. When I manually load the module for the controller, ie. aic7xxx, lsmod shows it as unused.
After looking at the boot log using dmesg, I noticed the following, which I don't understand:
kmod: failed to exec /sbin/modprobe -s -k scsi_hostadapter, errno=2
Is this a kernel issue and does anyone have any pointers for me?
PS: I tried my best to search for a related topic.
I've got an Adaptec 29160N, which most be very simular to yours.
This is the way I installed Arch:
Download Nova (;)) and the modules.img (could be found on the ftp server)
- Install with the CD
- Insert the modules floppy disk
- #loadmods /dev/floppy/0
- modprobe aic7xxx
that may take some time!
and then hardisks were present at /dev/discs/*
I would try your way, but I've to wait till I can reboot that system (and that could take a while). But maybe this answer allready helps you!
Thanks for the reply. It still doesn't work for me.
I noticed that the floppy images have been updated -- the md5sum's have changed. I will give them a try.
As an aside, the listed md5sum's for the new images don't match the downloads. I downloaded from several mirrors and I get the same sums, which don't match the sums listed.
$ md5sum *.img
$ cat md5sums
Well, I got the same results with the newer floppy images but I figured things out. I assume basic scsi support was compiled in the kernel. I had to do a
for scsi support. I could then load the 2940 driver
and get /dev/discs....
Thanks again for your help
Sorry! I forgot that! Shame on me!