> 1) With the Promise controller, after simulating a disk > problem (shutdown - disk disconnection - reboot - shutdown - > disk reconnection - reboot), I wasn't able to rebuild the > array at all, either with "atacontrol rebuild ar0" or from > the bios. I suspect a spare disk is necessary for a complete rebuild. > > 2) With the ICH5R controller, installation went fine too. If > I disconnect a disk, the system still boots, but when I plug > the disk back (computer shut down), no boot is possible > anymore. At boot, a kernel panic says: > "softdep_setup_inomapdep". No array rebuild is possible from > the bios, so I'm stuck. > > > I use freebsd 6.1 RELEASE, with the latest BIOS for the > motherboard, and > 2 SATA 1.0 Western Digital 160GB disks. I'm trying to > configure RAID 1. > > I'm surprised I have so many problems. Am I doing anything > wrong? With INTEL hardware controllers for SCSI disks, I > never had any problems until now. Does anyone successfully > use another ASUS board, and is able to rebuild the array, > without rebooting? >
Few things I noticed about the on-board Promise chipset on ASUS that it is very poorly designed. If you do the unplug/replug test, it most likely won't work, you need to use a spare drive or re-format the drive and then replug it. It also goes out of sync very often, so you want to make sure you're running consistency checks at least once a month. Sometimes when one of the RAID-1 drives develops bad sectors, the whole array won't boot until you unplug one of the drives, and plug a spare one. My conclusion, if you need something stable, don't use the onboard raid, get a RAID card even the cheap ones will do better job!! Tamouh _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"