Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 51370
Installer hangs when loading aic7xxx module
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:35:42 EDT
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Description of problem:
System hangs at "loading aic7xxx driver..." during install from CD
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Install from CD
Actual Results: Booted from CD, hit enter at Boot: prompt, system looked
like it was booting linux, stopped at blue screen with grey box
titled "loading SCSI driver". Message in box is "loading aic7xxx driver".
No further action or information is displayed by computer. Periodically,
HD light will flash off and on (5-10 mins i think).
Expected Results: Successful install of your product.
I have a gateway server - Dual 600 CPU
What happens if you boot the installer with the 'apic' command line parameter,
e.g. 'linux apic'?
I4ve got exactly the same Problem. I want to install RH7.1 on a series200 IBM
Server witch is absolutly compatible to RH 7.1! nice try!! Trying the linux
apic commando changes nothing.
I am very interested in what will happen now. And When!!!!!!!!!
I searched three Days in any kind of Linux support sites but I can't find any
solution for this problem. I want to integrate a Linux server in a 60 employes
Enterprise, but now I have to say, redhat seems not to be the right solution
for that or the IBM server is not the right system for us. Is SuSe at the end
the better choice as erverybody said? Or do I have to give back The IBM Server
with the comment that this Hardware doesn't work with redhat and that the
compatibility promisses between redhat and IBM are simply wrong?
Ingo Kuhlmann, Germany
email@example.com: Could you begin by even describing what hardware this is ?
So far, most aic7xxx problems have been with a 440GX motherboard and a proven
Also note: for the "apic" command to work, you need the bootdisk we made to
work around this buggy bios from
as would have been pointed out by our support people and is prominently present
on the 7.1 section of the Red Hat support website.
The Hardware is a eServer series200 by IBM. It has got one PIII Processor and
an adaptec 789x SCSI-Controller. Any other hardware do I have to check tomorrow
in the office (please tell me what exactly you need). To avoid the 440GX
problem I made a new bootdisk like is was described on the gotcha - page. The
result was the same. (I'am not sure if i have a 440GX motherboard)
the output of "lspci" (if it already has linux) would be a good start.
Also, it would be a good datapoint to know if the installfloppy from the Roswell
beta release gets further than how far you get right now.
Well, the Hardware is new and without any installation. I also have no running
Linux system. We want to start with Linux now and so i am an absolut beginner.
The installfloppy stopped at the same time like the original boot CDrom. It
makes obviosly no difference.
By looking for more details about the hardware I opened the server to look at
each component. Otherwise i knew that the first PCI-slot could make problems
sometimes and so I want to put the adaptec-card into another slot (just an akt
of resignation!) While doing this I proofed the connection of several cables
and found out that the plug of Harddisk was not smart in its position (Sorry!
But it is not up to me to proof plugs and cables in a brand new IBM Server and
so I found it out at last - also: the connection was smart enough to produce no
errors in the system start!) - After fixing the plug the installation works
without any problems! Expect the unexpected...
OK, since this is a hardware issue, we are closing this report out.