Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 138386
2.1U6 beta install: network unusable/unconfigurable
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:06:54 EST
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Description of problem:
The Broadcom 5721 chipset on the x346 does not function during the
install of 2.1U beta. This essentially prevents customers from doing
network installs via kickstart. CD and hard drive based installs both
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Attempt to perform network install on x346 using 2.1 U6 beta
Or attempt to configure network during CD install.
Actual Results: Per Mike Gahagan,
totally non-functional during the install. I didn't have any success
with the expert or noprobe options.
Nic works fine post-install with tg3 and it looks like the
needed pci id entries are present.
Expected Results: Network install works.
Network can be configured during install.
What errors do you get?
There are no error messages. During the CD-based install,the network
configuration screen does not appear. The configuration is performed
post-install. It was expected that the screen would appear during
raising the severity level to high. no fix would result in no network
installs using the 5721 chipset which will impact sales.
We could use some IBM help here.
This looks like installer does not see 5721, but this is more
complicated than that.
Since we don't have an x346, I want to give this a shot on the x236 as
it has the same Broadcom chipset.
The x236 has the same problem.
The x336 also has this problem
Created attachment 107008 [details]
this patches the pcitable so RHAS2.1 can recognize the broadcom 5721 card
attachment 107008 [details] is a patch against the initrd filesystem used for
the net install. I unzipped the filesystem, modified
modules/pcitable, gzipped it and placed it back where the tftp server
could hand it out. It worked fine for me on the x236.
Vernon, thanks, I think this is where Jeremy is working this issue also.
Results from testing Vernon's patch on a x346 will be available
11/22. The expectation is that it should work just as the x236 did.
Is there a new cut of 2.1u6? if so, we can test that too.
Patch has been tested successfully on the x236, x336 and the x346.
The patch was included in U6.