[svlug] aic7xxx driver hangs while installing SGI XFS 1.01

Drew Bertola drew at drewb.com
Sat Jan 5 18:40:01 PST 2002

On Sun, Jan 06, 2002 at 01:22:22AM +0000, Glow Nair wrote:
> hello..
> I'd appreciate any help that I can get from linux experts
> here. When trying to install SGI XFS 1.01, the server
> hangs with the following error message:
> Message box title: Loading SCSI driver
> Message: Loading aic7xxx driver...
> Here are the details on my server:
> ===============
> Server board: L440GX+
> Disk: IBM DDRS-391390 Ultrastar 9ES 9.1GB HDD. 68 pin.
> SCSI bios: Adaptec AIC-7896 SCSI BIOS v2.57S2B3
> Kernels:
> 2.4.3-SGI_XFS_1.0.1
> 2.4.3-SGI_XFS_1.0.1enterprise
> 2.4.3-SGI_XFS_1.0.1smp
> BIOS: PhoneixBIOS 4.0 Release 6.0
> Processors: Dual Intel ® Pentium III processor 550Mhz
> Memory: 640K Sytem RAM, 0523264K Extended Memory, 0512K Cache SRAM
> ===============
> Is there an updated driver for this drive or motherboard? Or has
> it been updated in SGI XFS 1.02?

If this is an install from SGI's RH 7.x ISOs, you need to specify a
boot option when starting the install.  I believe the way to do that
is by typing:

linux apic

When starting the install.  If your server has only one processor, you
may also need to install the smp kernel and run it by using:

default=linux-smp in lilo.

Refer to:


(about 1/3 the way down the page).

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