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stevemar

Member Since 06 Nov 2008
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Bootloader that can flag/see raid 5 & partitions

14 November 2008 - 09:59 AM

hi all

I am not certain that this is the correct place to post this. My apologies if it isnt...

So then.....13 coaster dvds, 3 types of leopard installs, and a lot of raid driver dvd injecting later, i have finally installed Leopard on my machine!! WWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

But its not over yet. As i am using a raid 5, Gparted cannot see the different partitions of my raid. I have been searching for over an hour now without finding any answers to the question: are there any bootloaders that can see raids & their respective partitions so that the NTFS partition can be flagged?

your comments are appreciated =D

Raids, Kexts, and Progression

11 November 2008 - 08:33 AM

You have my apologies if i have posted this in the wrong area.

Ultimately after much research i am just afer a few simple answers to some questions that i have. I have not yet installed the 10.5.2 kaly cd as i currently use a raid 5 and XP. When the Kaly cd boots, OSX cannot see my raided HD in disk utilities because it does not have the relevent .kext. It seems that my options are to create a customizable boot cd, or load the kext in terminal before installation (from a usb?), and then hopefully disk utilities will see the raid (the driver apparently lets osx see the raid5 as just one disk instead of 3 raided). Maybe there are other options that i have missed?

Customisable Boot DVD:
Optimally it seems as though the best outcome would be the creation of a DVD that not only loads the raid kext for booting, but also installs it. Though after further research, it seems as though package maker and iceberg are osx programs and thereforse i am unsure as to whether it is possible to create a bundle in XP.

I did attempted to create a customizable kaly DVD in xp by inserting the raid driver (a .dmg file) into the OSX folder
(F:\Documents and Settings\R\Desktop\Kalyway_10.5.2_DVD_Intel_Amd\ADD_KEXT_TO_DVD\Natit.kext\Contents\MacOS)
and executing the kaly command. It did look as though a command had been processed though given that this was in XP, i am unsure as to whether it actually did. The dvd did not load the .kext upon booting. I think might be because XP is unable to process that particular command (to insert the .dmg file into the .iso), though i may be wrong.

Load Kext Post Boot but Pre Install:
As i couldn't get the dvd to load the .dmg file (note: my understanding is that osx sees a .dmg file as a package which when triggered, opens up to hold a .kext), i decided to try and load the .kext from a USB. Once the kalyway disk had booted i entered 'terminal'. I figured that, if the driver did not load before entering the Leopard installer section, why shouldn't osx be able to see the HD in disk utilities once the kext was loaded from terminal?

I put the file - rr231x_0x.dmg on my usb (which could be seen in disk utilities), and then once in terminal attempted to use the 'sudo root', '-s root', 'sudo -s' commands to gain authority as the supreme user. The response was an 'unknown command'. I found this confusing because i thought that upon typing these things into terminal on osx, you could gain full privelages.

Now i figured that typing "kextload rr231x_0x.kext" might load the kext i needed, given the information i recieved from this post:
http://forum.insanel...tp:/t90661.html
The response was that 'no such bundle exists'. I also noted that '-r' enables you to use a directory as a repository of kexts. Is there some way that i can load the .dmg file/.kext from the usb by specifying its location?


I am willing to learn more and eager to solve these problems so if anyone can provide some naviagional advice i would be much appreciated.

with many thanksPosted Image
Steve



P5E, Q6600, 8800GT, 4gbddr2

Need Kext to see HD in Disk Utilities

09 November 2008 - 10:22 AM

Greetings from Australia!

I ve been surfing for a good 3 hours now to know avail so i thought id ask the collective =D

the Problem: can't see HD in disk utilities (can see dvd)

the reason: drivers for my raid card (rocketraid 2300) have not been installed. I have the .dmg file of the particular driver that the raid card requires in order to function with osx.

the question: how can i load that extension before OSX has been installed on my computer?


Ive been looking into loading the kext from a usb etc but i don't think i am going about it the correct way. can i even load a kext before OSX has been installed?


you words are music!

cheers

Keep existing NTFS partition & installing to new FAT32 partition

07 November 2008 - 01:35 AM

hello all

i have tried to find answers to my question to no avail so i am posing it here. please let me know if this is the wrong location.

I currently have a raid 5 running XP on a NTFS partition. I want to install leopard on a second partition. My understanding is that leopard requires the file system FAT32. Also, that darwin bootloader, or other bootloaders, will only be able to duel boot to both osx and xp when XP is installed onto a FAT32 file system.

My question is:

Is there any way for me to create a duel boot XP/OSX system on my computer, without needing to wipe my currently configured XP partition?

My reasons for this is that my current XP configuration has taken a lot of customizing to suit my needs and i want to keep it as is.

Your help is much appreciated =D
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