Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 57215
Unable to specify new SCSI or network card when performing a linux expert installation
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:38:36 EDT
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Description of problem:
The menu that existed in RH70 and prior is not accessible if you
enter "linux expert" mode of installation. This appears to be dependent
on whether it can find your cd-rom or not. So you end up with the
installer finding your CD-Rom, but not being able to find your hard drives
(in the case of the EISA based Compaq Array controllers where the address
muste be specified).
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot from floppy on a PL1500 with an Original Smart Array controller
(any EISA based card will do which you will have to specify the memory
address). This controller contains the drives to perform installation
to. CD-Rom is located on embedded SCSI.
2. Enter "linux expert" mode during installation
3. Continue install.
Actual Results: Installer aborts because it could not find any drives to
Expected Results: Installer should have showm me the "Add SCSI or Network
Card" listing. I should then be able to add options when loading the
It appears that since the installer can find the CD-Rom, that it doesn't
bother to show the "Add SCSI or Netowrk Card" menu. This seems to be the
same in RH71 and RH72.
To add drivers for ISA cards, you have to boot with 'linux isa' as of Red Hat
Linux 7.1 and later as documented in the Installation Guide.
That's very nice, I'll add it to my installation notes. I don't understand why
that functionality isn't available in (i.e. was removed from) both "linux dd"
and "linux expert". This has caused many aborted installations over the last
several months. I am even sure that some gave up on trying.