In the kernel from Red Hat, 2.0.36-3, & the 2.0.36 on the
5.2 linux CD, the scsi driver aic7-xxx.c, version 5.1.4,
does not work properly for the AIC-7880 SCSI controller.
2 Problems: (1) SCSI Bus Timeout when mounting cdrom, ... in
fact, the installer does not work from the CD.
(2) kernel source 2.0.36, obtained from ftp site
linux.us.kernel.org; the scsi bus continually
times out when loaded with this kernel.
Solution: There is a patch available from ASL Workstations
for this driver. Perhaps Red Hat should patch
their 2.0.36 kernel, or, at the very least make
In my case, this problem has cost me about 5-7
days since tech support never returns the
emails. Especially, since the tech support is
so unresponsive, you should consider making it
available to that people can just help
themselves and not get stuck waiting for some
support person who will never show up.
I was able to get this to fail using the stock boot disk that shipped
with 5.2. After obtaining the updated boot image that contained the
aic7xxx fix (ftp://updates.redhat.com/5.2/images/i386/boot.img) The
install worked fine with the configuration in question. Then after
following the directions also posted to our errata page I rebooted
the machine and was able to access the cdrom and hard drive without
error. The instructions are available at