Description of Problem:
FAILURE to install REdhat 7.1 on an ICP RAID volume:
The Dell 4400 has only a SCSI CD ROM drive. When the system is booted from
the RH7.1 CD and "linux dd" entered from the "boot:" prompt, an ICP driver
diskette is inserted and the driver read by the installer(RH7.1). Upon
completion of the driver extraction from the diskette, RH7.1 installer
does not provide the option to locate the RH7.1 install files from the
SCSI CD-ROM. Only the "Hard Drive" option is given. As a result, the
installation of RH7.1 cannot continue unto the ICP RAID volume. This
procedure worked for RH7.0
How Reproducible: Very reproducible.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Remove all SCSI disks from the Dell 4400 server. Install an ICP Raid
card in a PCI slot. Connect 8 drives(scsi) to the ICP port.
2. Insert the RH7.1 disk in the SCSI CD that comes with the Dell 4400.
3. It boots. At tyhe Linux "boot:" prompt, type "linux dd".
4. Follow the instructions and load a diskette with the ICP Linux gdth
After loading the gdth driver, the installer returns and present only
a "Hard Disk" as the optiuon to locate the Linux source files. It does not
autoload the Adaptec SCSI dr ivers for the CD-ROM. At a later step, there
are options to load drivers for hard disk but not for SCSI CD-ROM.
Manually selecting and loading the aic7xxx driver detects the CD-ROM but
does not present it as an option.
Expected both " SCSI CD-ROM" and "Hard Disk as options to locate the rest
of the 7.1 installation files.
the CD-ROM is attached to an Adaptec SCSI card?
Yes the CDROM is attached to the Adaptec card. The CDROM would be accessible if
the Installer autoloaded the adaptec driver or gave a manual option to do
so.... Actually it does give a manual option but as part of "Hard disk" option
to locate the Installation files and not as a "CDROM" option. As a result when
I manually select the adaptec driver; though the driver gets loaded and the
CDROM is detected (I checked the system log by hitting <ALT-F4> during
installation) ; it is not presented as a device from which to obtain the
installation files. Maybe at that point the installer should updated its list
of both Hard Disks and CDROM devices (instead of just the hard disk ?)present
in the system.
Please boot with "linux noprobe dd" then insert the aic7xxx driver, then your
I tried the option 'linux noprobe dd' and I was able to select the SCSI driver
and hence found the CD-ROM. I was able to continue the installation.
QU: Are these install option documented anywhere? (linux dd, linux probe dd,
linux noprobe dd, and any other that might be relevant)
The driver disk options are documented at:
Other boot options are documented at:
As far as I know, the probe/noprobe options are not documented anywhere.