Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 97792
installer hangs during anaconda on proliant 1850r
Last modified: 2015-01-04 17:02:35 EST
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Description of problem:
I have two 1850R servers and have tried installing redhat versions 7.2,8 and 9
to both. They both crash running anaconda following graphic card and monitor
On versions 7.2 and 8 the keyboard status lights are off and wont even change
state when caps is pressed on version 9 they can be seen to flicker dimly !
Both machines run windows 2000 pro without a problem and I have installed
version 6 of redhat on one of them without problems too. I downloaded debian
which appeared to work in text mode on the other.
I have tried removing the drive arrays (smart array 3200 on one and dell
adaptec on other), one or two processors, swapping amounts of ram etc.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install version 7.2,8 or 9 with any options on 1850R
*** Bug 97793 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
If you boot with 'linux text' do you see any kernel spew when it crashes?
This is an old well-known bug. There is something weird with the usb controller
on this and a couple of other older Compaq servers.
Just boot the first installation cd with "linux nousb" and it should be fine.
Thanks for the suggestion - did it help the bug reporter?
sorry for the long delay but I was off getting married and on honey moon !!
I have tried the suggestion of typing "linux -nousb" but it makes no
difference at all
Did you type "linux nousb" without the dash or did you type "linux -nousb" by
yes I did type -nousb. I realised when I had sent the e mail that I had typed
it wrong so was planning on typing it without the dash today. Well I did and
anaconda ran without any problems. At this moment the raid arrays are being
formatted having selected my packages.
Thank you both for all your help. I got both these servers with silly amounts
of ram and loads of hard drives for virtually nothing and it was a shame I
couldnt get linux on them, windows just couldnt do what I wanted.
I didnt know what to set the option below to. I would suggest though that the
loader should do nousb automatically for compaq servers. Especially as this
server doesnt have a usb port !!
Unfortunately once syslinux has loaded the kernel and the installer has started
running its too late to do anything like 'nousb'.
This sounds like a kernel issue.
For what it's worth, here's what worked with 3 different 1850R's for
-- disable motherboard SCSI (both of them) Leave RAID card enabled.
RH 7.3 will install with no command line switches, as will any other
version I've tried.
Thanks for the bug report. However, Red Hat no longer maintains this version of
the product. Please upgrade to the latest version and open a new bug if the problem
The Fedora Legacy project (http://fedoralegacy.org/) maintains some older releases,
and if you believe this bug is interesting to them, please report the problem in
the bug tracker at: http://bugzilla.fedora.us/