Bret Hughes schrieb:
> I give up. I have totally hosed a compaq 3000 machine that was working
> perfectly under rh6.2. fortunately it is not our main production box
> but I still need to get this thing up and running.
> First I tried an upgrade that appeared to be fine but lilo and I got
> confused ( at least I was ) I told the installer to use the MBR and that
> is where compaq utilities stuff gets started from. It was still booting
> the 2.2.3-16 kernel. Very weird. I putzed with it for too long trying
> different iterations of upgrades (both XFS and regular redhat 7.1)
> trying to figure out what was happening. My partner found the deal
> about compaq needing the mbr so I did the old dos diskette and fdisk
> /mbr. This let me boot to the right kernel but the system hung right
> after the compaq smart 2 initialization and gave the message checking
> and a reference to using ida/c0d0
> I figured I had screwed up the packages so I did an install (not an
> upgrade ) to an unused partition and get the same error. I have worn
> out my mouse and me searching the mailing list archives for references
> to what might be happening. I tried various things like linux
> devfs=nomount at the lilo prompt. No joy.
> Are ther issues with the Compaq smart-2 raid controllers and XFS? I see
> that there is some patching that went on but in reference to it but I
> could not tell exactly what the issues are. do I need to do the CVS
> deal and compile my own kernel? How do I get it onto a machine that I
> cannot boot? Please help. I am fried.
To avoid problems sometimes you need to ged rid of all those special
things on PC 'servers'. Usually I'm doing the following:
- Zeroing the partitiontable, so getting rid of all those 'built in'
- Disable all kind of LBA (DOS 1G support) in the BIOS. Just put /boot
in a small patition at beginning of the disk and you don't need any LBA.
This has solved my problems on almost every PC 'server'.