Support for Intel Gilgal + Areca?

Stephan Hermann sh at
Thu Aug 24 10:55:47 CEST 2006

Hi Steffen,

On Thursday 24 August 2006 10:36, Steffen Grunewald wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 24, 2006 at 10:30:36AM +0200, Henning Sprang wrote:
> > On 8/24/06, Steffen Grunewald <steffen.grunewald at> wrote:
> > >Are there fai-kernels available for the new 82563EB GigE chips by Intel
> > >(codenamed Gilgal), and Areca RAID controllers?
> > >If not, any hints how to build one?
> >
> > There's a README in the docs of the fai-kernels package. A FAI kernel
> Thanks, somehow missed that one :(
> > is just a "normal" Debian Kernel package which you specify in
> > make-fai-nfsroot.conf
> Sure...
> Judging from the use of the "stock" Debian 2.6.16, I will have to
> - plug in Intel's latest driver (7.2.7 has just disappeared from its
> server) - get the latest Areca driver and fit it in
> Fun again...

Are you using the 16 channel sata II raid6 controller from areca?

I can give you some hints for this:

1. Use Kernels > 2.6.15, 2.6.15 with areca patches is working, but the CLI 
tool from areca is crashing.  2.6.16 works fine, and 2.6.17.x works much 
2. create your volumesets all the time with the areca bios setup, and always 
in the foreground. It's much faster. We are running here 16x 500GB Sata 
Drives, and it takes with the bios approach 3.5h to create a 6.3 TB 
volumeset. With the CLI and foreground creation it takes up to 10 hours.
3. If you can avoid areca, avoid areca. the drivers are shit, and the 
developers of this driver are not very responsive.

If you need a working kernel configuration and a kernel ( I can send 
it to you, including actual EDAC patches for memory error management.


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