This is a plea for help!
I am attempting to load a Red Hat 6.1 Deluxe box version on:
Gateway 2000 E-5200-700
Single Pentium III on a dual capable motherboard
ACPI ASIC on motherboard
AMIBIOS Build 25 Version OAANG025
3DLabs Oxygen VX1 at AGP port
Toshiba XM-6401TA Fast/Ultra SE CDROM at Target 5 LUN 0 of
SCIS BUS 0
Two IBM DMVS09N LVD 9.1GB Hard Disks at Targets 0 and 1 LUN 0 of
SCSI BUS 0
(Because they are forced to by Microsoft, Gateway loaded Windows
2000 Professional on drive at Target 0. I will use Target 1
for Linux 6.1)
Adaptec AHA-2940U2 PCI to Ultra SCSI Adapter at PCI bus 0
Device 17 Function 0
SCSI BIOS Version 2.11.0 (c) 1998
Uses Address Range FFAFF000 to FFAFFFFF
Uses I/O Range EC00 to ECFF
My installs always end at the following infinite loop:
<4> SCSI host 0 abort (pid 0) timed out - resetting
<4> SCSI bus is being reset for host 0 channel 0.
<4> SCSI host 0 channel 0 reset (pid 0) timed out - trying harder
These 3 messages repeat ad nauseam (my patience runs out after 10 min)
The repeating sequence is immediately preceeded by
<4> scsi0 : Adaptec AHA274x/284x/294x (EISA/VLB/PCI-FAST SCSI)
<6> (scsi0) <Adaptec AHA-294X Ultra2 SCSI host adapter> found at
<6> (scsi0) Wide Channel, SCSI ID = 7, 32/255 SCBs
<6> (scsi0) Downloading sequencer code... 374 instructions
<4> scsi : 1 host.
<4> scsi : aborting command due to timeout: pid0, scsi0,
channel0, id0, lun0 Test Unit Ready 00 00 00 00 00
This sequence of SCSI related messages occurs when the F3 screen
* going to insmod fat.o (path is NULL)
* going to insmod vfat.o (path is NULL)
* 65 keymaps are available
* loaded 9 keymaptables
* going to insmod aic7xxx.o (path is NULL)
Once loop is entered the page up, page down and console change keys
no longer function. (Must read messages rapidly before they scroll)
The only way out of loop is Ctrl-Alt-Del.
I have several pages of messages prior to the aic7xxx.o sequence if
you need them to aid debugging. Also this failure happens when I use
the CDROM disk 1 from the box
the floppy diskette from the box
the boot-RHEA-1999:044.img I downloaded from Red Hat (it never gets
to the updates image I also downloaded)
every conceivable combination of expert, text, and readily
available driver option "strings"
In all cases the loading is labelled with this line
syslinux 1.45 1999-06-14 copyright (c) 1994-1999 H. Peter Anvin
I have called the Red Hat Tech Support line several times and they all
insisted I download the boot and updates images before they would try
to debug this problem. I have now established that the new images make
Red Hat has opened Case 291639 for this support request.
If you have any idea what this problem is and how to fix it, please contact
me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
You're using an old version of Red Hat with an old version of the aic7xxx
driver. Please try updating your driver using the disk image and instructions
found on my web site:
Thanks for the response!
Actually someone at Red Hat had sent me an email suggesting I visit your
site and get the latest updated drivers.
I did that and was successful in getting past this problem.
Now I just wish I had some way to use the fancy abilities of my 3DLabs
video card instead of just the Frame Buffer Device version of the X server.
Oh well ... can't complain too much considering the low cost of the Red Hat