Redhat Enterprise ES on a PowerEdge 4300/450

Tim Schaefer tschaefer at dwcsolutions.com
Fri Oct 3 15:18:00 CDT 2003


Have you thought about using a different distro of Linux to test with?

See if it boots up with Slackware or SuSE or Gentoo or Knoppix.

Knoppix or Gentoo would be good, they both have different options for
SCSI and seem to have every known driver including the kitchen sink
thrown in.

Tim

-----Original Message-----
From: James Herschel [mailto:jherschel at quarry.com] 
Sent: Friday, October 03, 2003 3:32 PM
To: Josh Hildebrand
Cc: Linux-PowerEdge at dell.com
Subject: RE: Redhat Enterprise ES on a PowerEdge 4300/450

Nope - 256MB of RAM.  I really think the issue has to deal with either
Linux
or the SCSI backplane ... or both.

-----Original Message-----
From: Josh Hildebrand [mailto:josh at newgistics.com]
Sent: Friday, October 03, 2003 3:25 PM
To: James Herschel
Subject: RE: Redhat Enterprise ES on a PowerEdge 4300/450

Do you have a TON of ram in this machine?

-----Original Message-----
From: James Herschel [mailto:jherschel at quarry.com]
Sent: Friday, October 03, 2003 1:16 PM
To: Philip Rowlands
Cc: Linux-PowerEdge at dell.com
Subject: RE: Redhat Enterprise ES on a PowerEdge 4300/450

Phillip,

Just did the Memtest86 as per your suggestion - ran through 4 loops and
did
not find any issues at all.  I tried installing RedHat 8.0 to get away
from
the 7.x series entirely and the install program continually crashed
while
trying to partition the drives.  Again, Windows 2000 works perfect ...
crazy
strange ... that's why I'm assuming this is a Linux issue.

Are there parameters I should be passing to the kernel at install time?
Is there another aic7xxx driver I should be passing at install time?

Short of calling Dell in to replace the motherboard and/or system/power
backplane is there anything else you can think of?

Linux works fine when ONE drive is in the drive bay - more than one and
I
get these issues.

Thanks,

James

-----Original Message-----
From: linux-poweredge-admin at dell.com
[mailto:linux-poweredge-admin at dell.com]On Behalf Of Philip Rowlands
Sent: Thursday, October 02, 2003 6:45 PM
To: James Herschel
Cc: Linux-PowerEdge at dell.com
Subject: Re: Redhat Enterprise ES on a PowerEdge 4300/450

On Thu, 2 Oct 2003, James Herschel wrote:

>-Installing RH ES worked only about 70% of the time ... it would die
the
>other 30% with random rpmdb errors.

Drop everything and reach for your Memtest86 floppy.


Cheers,
Phil

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