cciss.c and tape device on 5i controller

Ayman Altounji
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cciss.c and tape device on 5i controller

I have Compaq DL380 G2 server and RedHat Linux 7.1 with kernel 2.4.17 on it. I have SmartArray5i
 controller (onboard) and tape drive on it. Question is: are there any
possibilities to use tape device on Linux (with help of cciss). May be it's
off-topic, but features described in documentation (cciss.txt) does'nt work
(There are no options like "SCSI tape drive suport for 5xxx" in kernel
2.4.17). I waste a lot of time trying to find some advises in forums, Compaq
support center in my country etc. But I still can't use my tape device on
Linux :( Does it work?
Are there peoples who know how to use it? I've listened that cciss.c does'nt
support ONBOARD 5i controllers Is is true?
May be someone will be able to send me (and many other guys, I think) some advice about this undoccumented driver ;)
Thanx a lot.
P. S. e-mail can't be delivered to address (declared in cciss.c)
Who creates and supports this driver?
Ayman Altounji
Valued Contributor

Re: cciss.c and tape device on 5i controller

The latest version of cciss which supports hot plug tape drives is available from The only problem I can see with this is that it's kernel dependant for the kernel of rehdat 7.2, so you could probably update your kernel to version 2.4.7-10 and then load the file from above, to then get the hot plug support on the 5i