PowerEdge 860 flakiness

Kuba Ober kuba at mareimbrium.org
Fri Oct 5 11:43:11 CDT 2007

On Thursday 04 October 2007, Jobe Bittman wrote:
> Is anyone else having issues with running Linux on the PowerEdge 860s? I'm
> running 64bit Centos5 and their driver for SAS 5/iR RAID controller and I
> am repeatedly seeing kernel panics when I try to benchmark a 2 drive
> striped array with bonnie++.
> Also, I have updated to the lastest BIOS A04, but the POST progress bar
> just seems to take forever. Sometimes after a reboot it just hangs after
> the processor info shows or sometime on the POST progress bar. I've seen
> this behavior on 2 different 860s. I don't want to unbox them all if they
> are known to be flawed.
> Has anyone else seen these issues?

Check if the keyboard (and mouse maybe) are plugged in correctly. These darn 
things won't boot sometimes without a PS/2 keyboard in place. I've scratched 
my head for about an hour once on that one.

Cheers, Kuba

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