poweredge 6600 and latest smp kernels

Jon Etkins jetkins at austinlogistics.com
Thu Apr 27 15:44:12 CDT 2006

I had a somewhat similar problem when we migrated one of our 4-way
6600's from RHEL3 (2.4 kernel) to RHEL4 (2.6).  In our case it turned
out to be related to an external 3480 tape library that was hooked up to
the onboard SCSI controller; adding a separate Adaptec card for the tape
unit resolved it for us.  IIRC, one of the steps we took to diagnose was
to disable kudzu at bootup.

Hope that helps, or at least gives you some ideas where to start.


Jon Etkins
Network & IT Administrator
Austin Logistics, Incorporated
(512) 651-5641

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From: linux-poweredge-bounces at dell.com
[mailto:linux-poweredge-bounces at dell.com] On Behalf Of Tony Schreiner
Sent: Thursday, April 27, 2006 3:34 PM
To: linux-poweredge at lists.us.dell.com
Subject: poweredge 6600 and latest smp kernels

I have a 4-processor PE 6600 that will not  boot SMP with Fedora Core
4 kernels past 2.6.13-1.1532_FC4. It boots single processor ok. The
startup hangs at various points, sometimes at "Checking Hardware", but
sometimes later. A hard power reset is required to reboot.

I have not had much chance to try different things as the machine is in
heavy use, but I will soon have a window of a few days to experiment

I'd be grateful for a few suggestions for what to try.

Tony Schreiner
Boston College
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