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Old 11-10-2004, 04:09 AM   #1
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Question random boot with proliant ml350 and Smart Array 642

Hi all,

new to this ML but quite not to Linux ...

I'm trying to install SuSE Linux 9.1 Pro on a HP Proliant Ml350 (bios D14 09/15/2004) with Raid5 Smart Array 642 (Firmware 1.92) and have one big problem ...

First I notice that, although this hardware is Certified to work with SLES9, and thus with potentialy any 2.6.5 linux, it can't boot properly with the bios default settings for Linux! (one can select OS in the bios ...) You have to force MPS table to "Full Table APIC" as the "Auto Set Table" setting never worked. :-(

I can install SuSE Linux Pro 9.1 (or SLES9, ther is quite NO differences between the two kernel ... ) quite easily, update it easily ... and everything works fine ... untill I shutdown and power off the system : I NEVER know if it will boot properly or not the next time I turn it On !!!

I randomly get two problems on boot (no matter I use Grub or Lilo, / on "regular partition or LVM) :

- Most of the tilme a blank screen, no ctrl-alt-del working ... (looks like crc error before anything is loaded )
- from time to time, initial boot image load, then I get:
crc error
VFS : Cannot open root device "6801" or unknown block(104,1)
Please append ...

Has anyone had a similar problem with any raid controller from HP/Compaq using cciss module ?
Old 11-17-2004, 04:05 AM   #2
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Hi All,

I reply to myself as it may help someone ...

the problem seems to have been solved by the replacement of the Raid Controler ...

I can't tell if the one causing problems was "hardware damaged" as the new one has a higher firmware revision (2.26 instead of 1.92); I haven't been able to upgrade the previous with this revision code as HP only allow the upgrade for specific hosts (not proliant servers!)

Anyway, if you encounter the same problems, don't waste your time and have your reseller change or upgrade the Smart Array 642 board.

Have a nice day ;-)


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