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firesox
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 10:53 am    Post subject: Gentoo on HP 9000 L-Class 2000 Reply with quote

Hi together,

I can get the machine mentioned in subject, but at first I wanna know some details before I try to wipe out HP-UX and installing it with Gentoo. The architecture is hppa, right? Inside this 9000 is a FC60 SureStore DiskArray Controller which server 3 shelfs with SCSI discs: I don't think that the driver for it is open source, but is there another way to get this FC60 working?

Thanks in advance
-markus
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The architecture of that machine is hppa, that's right, it's a 64 bit machine with 1-4 CPUs ranging from 360 MHz to 1 GHz.
If it's a L2000-36 or L2000-44, then it will run (tested by pateam, see http://www.pateam.org/list.html), the -5X -7x -8x variants should work as well, the -9x variant will be somewhat unstable in SMP use due to caching issues.
I cannot say anything about the FC60 controller, but the normal Symbios Logic 53C875 and Symbios Logic 53C896 SCSI controllers should not be a problem.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2006 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many thanks for this great answer. I've found an open source driver called cpqfc, but I will try this with your symbios suggestions first.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2006 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

These Symbios Logic chips are the normal SCSI controllers on the Motherboard or Core I/O board(s) located in PCI slots one and two (the 64bit/33MHz slots).
If you need futher information on PA-RISC boxes and Linux, then
http://www.openpa.net
http://www.parisc-linux.org and
http://www.pateam.org are good starters.
If you need informations about a specific machine, then openpa offers shortcuts in the manner of
http://www.openpa.net/L2000
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