Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 39078
ICP Vortex Controller not recognized at installation
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:33:02 EDT
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when installing RedHat 7.1e or trying to update from (working) 6.1e EE
systems, everytime the 7.1 installation routine does not recognize the
GDT6538RS SCSI raid controller and crashes when trying to connect to the
hard disks. Only the two onboard adaptec scsi controller are found.
The affected System is a HP Netser LXPro with 4 PP, 1024 MB RAM and the
mentioned GDT6538RS raid controller.
2.2.12-45SAPsmp -> /proc/scsi/gdth/2
Disk Array Controller Information:
Number: 0 Name: GDT6538RS
Driver Ver.: 1.14 Firmware Ver.: 2.26.02-R036
Serial No.: 0x36C112F4 Cache RAM size: 65536 KB
Unfortunately, whatever install methode ist choosen, itB4s actually no
longer possible to select hardware manually. From my point of view, I do
not understand why RedHat goes the same way microsoft has gone with w2k,
when administrators are not allowed to "interfere and interact" during the
installation proccess (autodetecting plug and pray hardware).
The "workaround" when asked for a driver disk, trying to provide 7.1e with
the "gdth-driver-disk.img" from 6.2e failed, too.
ICP-Vortex, Germany explained that thatB4s a known bug and that this
problem has been reported to RedHat.
So when can we expect a working installation routine? I canB4t understand
why systems running in the past are not longer covered in newer software-
Thank you for your support!
PricewaterhouseCoopers Frankfurt, Germany
The driver disk from 6.2 is not going to work. That driver was compiled by a
different compiler for a different kernel.
Are you booting off the Red Hat Linux 7.1 cd?
Yes,I was booting from a scsi cdrom, and as far as the gdt controller is
concerned the problem has been solved. But now I have another "little" problem,
which I hope you can help me with.
So, after upgrading a working rh61e EE to 71e choosing expert mode and using
the driver disk included in 7.1 the former working network configuration fails.
Again I had no chance to select any additional (nic) adapters during
installation (only scsi drivers are provided). In 6.1 EE both chipsets, adaptec
ANA6944 and ICP-Vortex GDT6538RS, were recognized automtically.
Loading the gdth (first) and aic 78xx (second) drivers manually and continue
the installing from scsi cdrom. After ending the update proccess and rebooting
the machine, rh7.1 comes up correctly and everything workes fine except the
network. During the booting phase no error messages (eth0 ...) come up.
The tulip driver for the digital DS21140 seems to have been loaded correctly
(that4s what the bootlog says) but no ping outside the localhost works ->
destination host unreachable!
When checking the logs one error message seems to be interesting (the same
error-message occured at installation screen when booting from installation
cdrom). From my point of view, rh71 does not handle the PCI Resources of the
nic correctly. (see the message log) Maybe, I have to update the bios revision
(ami bios 1.00.11cdol from 1992)?!
The System is again a HP Netserver LX Pro with 4xPPro, 1024MB RAM, 1xAdaptec
ANA6944 and ICP-Vortex 6538RS Raid Controller.
"modprobe eth0" shows no error message.
kernel: PCI: cannot allocate resource region 0 of device 00:0f.0
kernel: PCI: error while updating region 00:0f.0/1
kernel: eth0: Digital DS21140 Tulip ver 34 at 0xfc80
alias eth0 tulip
desc: "DEC | DECchip 21140 FastEthernet"
pci type: 1
So what has to be done?
This is starting to look like a kernel problem, so I'm changing the component.
Does "ifconfig" should eth0 at all ?
Can you attach the output of "dmesg" to this bug?
Created attachment 17666 [details]
dmesg.txt to bug 39078
So far, only one of the four ports ist enabled and bound to a static ip-adress.
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:00:D1:1C:7E:E4
inet addr:10.56.77.55 Bcast:10.56.77.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
UP BROADCAST MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:0 errors:12 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:12
Interrupt:10 Base address:0xfc80
lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
RX packets:28 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:28 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
The part below is almost certainly the source of the problem.
PCI: i440KX/GX host bridge 00:19.0: secondary bus 00
PCI: i440KX/GX host bridge 00:1a.0: secondary bus 02
PCI: Cannot allocate resource region 0 of device 00:0f.0
PCI: Cannot allocate resource region 1 of device 00:0f.0
PCI: Cannot allocate resource region 2 of device 00:0f.0
PCI: Cannot allocate resource region 3 of device 00:0f.0
PCI: Cannot allocate resource region 4 of device 00:0f.0
PCI: Cannot allocate resource region 5 of device 00:0f.0
got res[40000000:400003ff] for resource 0 of PCI device 8086:0008 (Intel
PCI: Error while updating region 00:0f.0/1 (40000408 != 40000008)
got res[40000400:400007ff] for resource 1 of PCI device 8086:0008 (Intel
PCI: Error while updating region 00:0f.0/2 (40000808 != 40000008)
got res[40000800:40000bff] for resource 2 of PCI device 8086:0008 (Intel
PCI: Error while updating region 00:0f.0/3 (40000c08 != 40000008)
got res[40000c00:40000fff] for resource 3 of PCI device 8086:0008 (Intel
PCI: Error while updating region 00:0f.0/4 (40001008 != 40000008)
got res[40001000:400013ff] for resource 4 of PCI device 8086:0008 (Intel
PCI: Error while updating region 00:0f.0/5 (40001408 != 40000008)
got res[40001400:400017ff] for resource 5 of PCI device 8086:0008 (Intel
I hate to be a burden, but the output of "lspci -v" would be useful.
Created attachment 17826 [details]
lscpi -v to bug 39078
Can you try using the de4x5 module instead of the tulip module ?
Sorry for taking such a long time to continue the bug discussion. Trying to
load another module driver (modprobe de4x5) for the nic ends up with the
...device or resource busy
...insmod de4x5 failed
In the meantime I tried installing a fresh RH62e on this machine but the error
messages were exactly the same as reported in RH71e. From the beginning of the
installation process the well known PCI Error messages came up.
I think this must be a problem concerning the kernel.
A newer bios-revision is not avialable at hp, so I would try to put the nic
into another pci slot on a different bus.
Maybe, I will have more luck.
There is a new, experimental, tulip driver available from the maintainer.
In talking to the maintainer, he said he fixed at least 1 bug which could
affect your situation. Would you be willing to test this new driver ?
Nevertheless in this case I would prefer installing rather linux 6.1e EE than
Of course, any suggestions about this topic would be grateful, so I4m willing
to do just anything to make this machine run with redhat.
There is a new driverdisk that fixes this issue, you can get it from
remember to use "linux dd" on the syslinux prompt.