Bug 124635 - Installation CD does not boot using SCSI CDROM
Installation CD does not boot using SCSI CDROM
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3
Classification: Red Hat
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Jeremy Katz
Mike McLean
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Reported: 2004-05-27 22:03 EDT by akopps
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:07 EST (History)
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Description akopps 2004-05-27 22:03:13 EDT
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Description of problem:
The RHEL 3.0 WS update 2 CD1 fails to boot on a PC with a SCSI CD-ROM
drive. On boot, I see the following two lines on my screen:

isolinux: loading spec packet failed, trying to wing it
isolinux: Failed to locate CD-ROM device; boot failed.

The SCSI adapter is Adaptec 2940. The CDROM drive is being reported by
Linux as: 

  Vendor: NEC       Model: CD-ROM DRIVE:464  Rev: 1.04
  Type:   CD-ROM                             ANSI SCSI revision: 02

This system is very old (Pentium 2 class) and it used to boot just
fine using RedHat Linux 7.3 installation CDROM. I have tested the CD1
on other systems with IDE CDROM drives and it seems to work fine there.

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Steps to Reproduce:
1. Attempt to boot the installation CD1 on the system

Actual Results:  boot fails with the above messages

Expected Results:  the installation program should have started.

Additional info:
Comment 1 Jeremy Katz 2004-06-01 14:59:03 EDT
This is a BIOS bug on your system.  Please upgrade the BIOS and this
will work.

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