[Posted and mailed]
> I'm trying to install RedHat 4.2. For some reason, the setup program will
> detect my HD on autoprobe, but when I complete the installation and try to
> boot for the first time, I get the following:
> scsi: 0 hosts.
> scsi: detected total.
> Partition check:
> RAMDISK: Compressed image found at block 0
> incomplete literal tree
> invalid compressed format (err=1) VFS: Cannot open root device 08:01
> kernal panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 08:01
> My SCSI card is NCR53c825 PCI, HW version 2 and my hard drive is a CONNER
> I have a 3Comm 3c590 (Vortex) ethernet card and I heard that can
> mess up the SCSI autoprobe. If this is it, is there anyway around
I've no specific knowledge of the 3c590's interaction with the 53c8xx
boards, but I'd suggest that you try doing an "expert" install. This will
force the system to let you tell it what SCSI host adapter(s) you've got.
There are two Linux drivers for the 53c8xx -- one is called the "53c8xx
driver," and the other's called the "53c7,8xx driver" (or sometimes the
"53c7xx driver"). Try one, then the other. There's a good chance that
one of these will work for you, though the prospect of installing two more
times may not be what you want to hear.
There's almost certainly some way to get your installed system
reconfigured to use whichever driver it's not using, but I don't know
what that would be.
You might also try pulling the 3c590 board. If the system boots,
recompile the kernel with the minimum drivers necessary, and try booting
with that. If it works, re-install the 3c590 and hope it works.
There are probably kernel parameters you could pass the system at the LILO
prompt that would help, but I don't know what they are. If this is a
well-known incompatibility, a Deja News search might turn up those
Quote:> I relize RedHat only partially supports NCR53cXXX in both 4.2 and the latest,
> 5.1. Does anyone know if it's supported 'a little better' in 5.1?
Huh? I think you labor under a misapprehension. Red Hat does fully
support the 53c8xx series, even in version 4.2 (though "full" support at
the time RH 4.2 came out is less than "full" support today, since there
are more 53c8xx devices now than there were then). The drivers in 5.1 are
better than those in 4.2. AFAIK, most of the changes relate to
higher-level 53c8xx devices, like the 53c875 and the variant of this chip
used by Diamond.
This does raise the question of why you're trying to install RH 4.2 when
the current version is 5.1. Unless you have a compelling reason to
install 4.2, I would suggest you try 5.1 instead.
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