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Old 10-21-07, 07:56 AM   #1
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Lightbulb Got nvRAID ???

I realize I'm one of the few people who use nvidia's on-board RAID controller [& love it btw]; but it would be nice if nvidia released RAID drivers.

On nvidia's linux/bsd page, it doesn't even mention RAID drivers, only IDE/SATA.

http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux_nforce_1.23.html

I'm feeling a little left out, when I can't even install BSD or Linux onto my RAID arrays.

I am using eVGA's 122-M2-NF59 motherboard [w/nvidia's AM2 590SLI chipset] w/a AMD FX-62. I have two RAID arrays, a 0 and a 1. Both w/two SATA II drives. I'm so happy w/my motherboard & platform, it's not even funny. I've got more crap in my case, 5 int. & 1 ext. HDDs, & other stuff, but it's the most stable platform I've ever used; [no really it is]. [[Dual-boot w/XP Pro SP2 & Xandros Home Premium 4.1]].

Its the first time I've ever setup a RAID array, now that I've used it, I just don't think I could live w/out it; nor do I care too.

The only Linux distribution I can install on my hardware is Xandros Home Premium 4.1, which I bought. It has native RAID drivers, which I assume came from nvidia. No other Linux distro I can install w/out using a non-RAID'd drive, a couple crash even if I try to install to a standard IDE drive w/no raid, but it locks up when detecting the RAID drives.

No other Linux distro I've tried will install on my hardware, including ANY distro based on ubuntu; Fedora includes nvidia's SATA drivers, but not RAID. Yes, I've tried more than I mention here; [don't even suggest OpenSUSE, argh].

Xandros is a solid distro, perfect for windows converters, comes w/a full & free version of crossover office, which works better than wine [even though it shares the same base code]. But, Xandros has a slow release cycle, and their server costs 400 USD.

Since I'm building a small server, I want to use Linux or BSD as a server platform, but if I want to use RAID on it, I can't. RAID isn't critical for me to use it on, but I want too. Building a small server as a file & virtual machine server.

Same w/ BSD, I've been running PC-BSD in a virtual machine, and I really like it; very nice OS. But it even has less nvidia driver support than Linux. ARGH.

Some linux/bsd folks say onboard RAID controllers are fake, I disagree. It works better than using software emulated RAID imo.

To make a long story short [too late]; I realize linux &/or bsd may not be a priority right now, but it should be. In 10 years, microsoft will have to give away windows just to keep market share, I hope it doesn't take nvidia & others that long to catch up. Mark my words!

Linux & BSD is getting a larger server market every year.

RAID users may be the minority here, but it doesn't mean we should be ignored; consider the extensive & excessive cost of finding & buying add-on PCI or PCI-E RAID controller cards & a server that would support them.

Nvidia is closing the door on small businesses that could setup an easy & inexpressive RAID arrays for servers.

ATI has made commitments to the open source community, and I realize nvidia had better driver support for Linux/BSD before ATI even thought about it. I hope that trend continues.

Please nvidia, if you are going to release platform drivers, release it for the entire platform; including RAID.

PS: No, I'm not an ATI hater btw, we all need competition.

PS: And no, I'm not installing Windows ME v2 either.

PS: Sorry for the long post, but thanks for letting me vent...
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Old 12-06-07, 12:29 AM   #2
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Default Re: Got nvRAID ???

Software RAID seems to be very good solution on Linux, why not try that?
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Old 02-08-08, 06:51 PM   #3
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Default Re: Got nvRAID ???

I bought the M2N-E for the Raid 1 Mirroring. Well so far I have not found a distro that has support for it. I am about to try OpenSuse as I figure Novell may have had better luck with it. It is disappointing to think such a good manufacturer is too lazy to write a raid driver. If you find any solutions to this please message me.
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Old 02-10-08, 02:24 AM   #4
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Default Re: Got nvRAID ???

Quote:
Originally Posted by raid1
I bought the M2N-E for the Raid 1 Mirroring. Well so far I have not found a distro that has support for it. I am about to try OpenSuse as I figure Novell may have had better luck with it. It is disappointing to think such a good manufacturer is too lazy to write a raid driver. If you find any solutions to this please message me.
The hardware doesn't do any raid, it's all in software (on windows, it's in the
driver). That being said, there's DM-RAID (http://people.redhat.com/~heinzm/sw/dmraid/readme)
which supports the nvidia-specific raid metadata (for "raid" sets created with the
windows driver).
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