[svlug] Disabling hardware probling in kickstart

Rafael Skodlar,,, raffi at linwin.com
Tue Aug 13 22:43:12 PDT 2002

I managed to install RH7.0 on the same kind of box (FullOn 2x2 I
believe). Yes, SCSI in that box is screwy and installation gets a bit
tricky since VA Linux is gone.

I used original floppy disk from VA Linux (RH6.2 I believe) and booted
from it then selected CD installation. I used newer version of Redhat CD
instead of VA version. The rest was easy after I compiled the kernel for
that SCSI. Perhaps you could boot from such a floppy and install the
rest of the OS from the net.

I have 4 boxes working in the office. They are working fine for over a
year when we bought them used. I'm tempted to install Debian for easier
future upgrades.

When I was looking for newer release of CD from VA Linux over a year ago
I got a response from Rick Moen who was realy helpful suggesting more or
less the same method to install RH on that kind of hardware.

If you can wait till tomorrow I can probably dig out additional
information and possibly give you an image of bootable floppy for a
starting point if you don't have the originals anymore.

Anywhere I can buy the silly (special) brackets needed to install
additional disk drives in those machines?

On Tue, Aug 13, 2002 at 09:46:25PM -0700, Marc MERLIN wrote:
> So, I have few quickstart configs working, and I know about most of the
> bugs and workarounds.
> However I have a new problem I hadn't encountered yet.
> I'm installing RH 7.3 on a penguin computing 2U (yeah, don't laugh, I didn't
> buy it) and it shipped with a hardware raid card.
> The problem is that the piece of crap crashes any version of linux as soon
> as linux loads the AIC driver.
> The MB is an intel 440GX with dual onboard adaptec SCSI, I know those boards
> well since they're the same than VA used to ship.
> I'm guessing that this was a motherboard with faulty SCSI and it was shipped
> with a Raid card (or the SCSI went bad by itself although it was never used)
> which is all fine and dandy until you try to reload linux.
> I know I can tell the RH install not to autoload modules, but I don't really
> want to do an normal install when I have a custom kickstart config
> Hence the  question: can  you configure  kickstart to  not autoprobe  a SCSI
> module (short of hacking the image that  is pulled over the net and removing
> the aic module)?
> (selecting interactive doesn't work, it loads the modules before dropping
> into interactive)
> Thanks,
> Marc
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