Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 55868
Endless beeps after GRUB loading stage 2 appears on screen
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:38:01 EDT
Description of problem:
Tyan Thunder S2510 Dual PIII 1GHz / 2G ECC Registered RAM / Dual NICs
This drove me nuts. After being unable to install onto a 3Ware Escalade
RAID array (I'll file a separate bug) I yanked the RAID card and tried
installing an a single drive. Worked like a charm, but on reboot after the
message GRUB loading stage 2 appeared got an endless series of beeps.
Tried reinstalling a couple of times with no success and the same error
message. Finally gave LILO a try and all worked fine.
Have been running 7.1 on this hardware just fine prior to the 7.2 install
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install redhat with Server profile
2. After install finishes wait for reboot to complete
Actual Results: And endless series of beeps, let it run for a minute
before yanking the power cord.
Expected Results: Boot up to text mode login prompt
What type of motherboard is this with? What type of drives do you have attached
to the system? Do you have the most updated version of the BIOS for your machine?
Per bug report:
Motherboard is a Tyan Thunder S2510 (Uses the ServerWorks chipset I beleive).
Using IBM 75XP's (DLTA-3070-30) x 2, Dual onboard nics.
Have observed the same problem on an Intel ISP1100 (440BX chipset, 256MB, Bios
P15) with 750Mhz PIII. Grub locks up after displaying "GRUB Loading stage2..."
but LILO works fine. 100% reproducible. Tried various partitioning schemes
(single 4GB /, 20MB /boot with 50GB /, and others) all with same result.
Tried numerous schmes as well, automatic partition, 1 big partition, software
RAID across two drives with no luck under any option.
If you use lilo instead and have the lba32 keyword in /etc/lilo.conf, are you
able to boot?
Am currently using lilo to boot, and am in production so reluctant to futz with
a working setup. Booting without lba32 works, am using linear which is I
beleive a mutually exclusive option.
Have same problem on a Supermicro 370DLE MB. Single 733MHz processor, 256 MB
RECC DRAM, 20GB hda, CDROM hdc, Floppy. Default partition install of RH 7.2,
installed "everything". Partitioning is /boot 47MB, / 18+gb, swap 518 MB.
This board also uses the serverworks LE chipset. Grub hangs with message in
screen: Grub stage 2 loader....
Lilo runs fine. Also am using LBA32 line in lilo.conf. grub works fine on all
our other machines: Intel 820 MB and an ASUS P5A.
I am willing to test or try any suggestions or changes as this system is for
developement and can be changed at will.
Could you try the test package at http://people.redhat.com/~katzj/grub/. If you
install the package and then run `/sbin/grub-install /dev/hda` (or wherever you
have grub installed other than /dev/hda) and let me know if that works better,
it would be great.
The updated package fixed the problem for me. My Supermicro 370DLE with 2
933MHz PIII processors and 2GB ECC RAM would immediately reboot as grub was
loading (instead of hanging as others have reported). I updated the grub
package and did another kickstart install and everything booted fine.
Great, this package should show up in rawhide in the next few days.