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Old 07-19-2003, 04:22 PM   #1
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load failure on Compaq proliant

We're trying to load SuSE 8.1 on a Compaq Proliant 5000 with quad processors, 640M RAM, SCSI CD -ROM and Tape, and 3 Smart 2/P raid controllers (only one of which has 5 drives attached as two logical drives).

We can boot from the CD and have tried to provide several arguments to the load script (AIPC=off, mem=640M, etc.) and have made no progress. The SuSE diagnostics only find 16M of RAM. When we use the mem argument the system panics when trying to mount the ramdisk. When we don't use mem, the system seems to go to sleep when the ramdisk is loaded. If we ctrl-alt-del we tet a final message saying ending md.

Please, any advice on how to proceed? Thanks.
Old 07-23-2003, 07:53 AM   #2
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Been there, done that!

Despite my best efforts, I have not found a resolution to this problem. Other sites list all sorts of fixes but none of them seem to work. My 5000 also has quad P200s, plus 1.2GB Ram, and 120GB HDD available (it was a good deal for $50 AUS!)

FWIW however, I have been able to get RH9 installed on a 2500 (333Mhz, 512MB RAM) without any problems at all - RH8 did NOT work on this same box.

From my web-trawling so far, it appears to be a combination of the parameters for the SCSI card, and the BIOS. Unfortunately, I don't have the knowledge to solve this one. Maybe there are some other, more clever people, who can run with this and find a solution.



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