Problem installing Redhat Enterprise Linux ES 4 on PowerEdge 2800

Dan Pace Jr. dpace at
Mon Mar 19 13:36:59 CST 2007

If your hardware and your CD checks out, I'm wondering if you are past 
the point where it switches video modes from standard VGA to a higher 
resolution or GUI. If you are not past this point, I've seen systems 
that would lock up while probing  high end or non supported video adapters.

G. Dan Pace, Jr.
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Bill Tangren wrote:
> Kuba Ober wrote:
>> On Monday 19 March 2007, Bill Tangren wrote:
>>> When I try to boot my PowerEdge 2800 off my RHEL ES4 install disk, the
>>> install hangs when it gets to (or just past) installing the SCSI drivers. I
>>> tried using the latest install disks (update 4) and it gets to the point
>>> where it asks if I want to check the install disk for errors. At that
>>> point, the keyboard no longer works, so I can't get past that dialog box.
>>> Bottom line, I can't install in OS on this computer. I can't even boot into
>>> rescue mode. I've tried various options, like the one the prevents probing
>>> for devices, but that didn't work. For the life of me, I can't figure out
>>> how Dell got the OS on there in the first place.
>> Don't use the USB keyboard/mouse if you're using them. The noapic, pci=noacpi 
>> and nosmp kernel options may help too.
>> Kuba
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> I'm using ps2 keyboard and mouse. I tried usb, but it didn't help. I've also 
> switched out the ps2 keyboard three times. I tried all these options. No joy.
> Any other options?
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