[svlug] hardware sata raid linux stability

Gordon Vrololjak gvrdolja at nature.Berkeley.EDU
Fri Jul 1 08:57:38 PDT 2005

I've got KDE on and running.  I can try switching the runlevel so that it 
doesn't boot into X.  I'll give that a try.  Thank you for your advice.

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On Thu, 30 Jun 2005, James Sparenberg wrote:

> On Thu, 2005-06-30 at 11:57 -0700, Gordon Vrololjak wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I've been having trouble setting up a server to use for doing snapshot
>> backups.
>> The system I have is a dual Xeon, 2GHz, 1 gig memory, supermicro
>> motherboard, Adaptec 2810SA serial ATA raid controller, with 6 maxtor 250
>> Gig SATA drives.  It is raid level 5.
>> I initially tried freebsd when I first set it up, but found that it didn't
>> fully support the SATA card at the time.  I then tried Redhat, which
>> worked, but you had to apply a number of patches to get the SATA raid to
>> work correctly.  I then tried Mandrake 10.0 and found that this worked
>> without any patches and was the easiest to install on the system.
>> However, after running it for 7-14 days, the system will freeze with no
>> errors in the log at all.  You can't see anything on the screen, you can't
>> log in remotely, you can't switch to a different console, you can't ping
>> it.  You have to do a hard reset.
>> I'm having trouble tracking down what the problem is and the Mandrake
>> support forum is not very useful - I hate their new mandriva redesigned
>> website.
>> Well anyway, what I would like to do is have a very stable hardware SATA
>> raid linux machine.  Can anyone recommend what I should try with the
>> hardware above?  Should I go with mandrake 10.1, try redhat again, or
>> something else?  I'd like stability for the system and ease in
>> installation.
>> Thanks
> Are you using KDE and is it running?    On the mandrake lists there is a
> thin trickle of people starting to note similar problems in lockup with
> 10.0 IF kde is left running and logged into.   The solution seems to be
> logging out whenever you aren't using the box.    As near as anyone has
> pegged it it seems to be related to "power saving" mode and the monitor,
> though the number of reporters is so small I can't swear to this
> either.
> James
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