I guess I spoke too soon, as I have found my problem.
While browsing Quantum's website, I saw that the disconnect/reconnect
feature is not used with my harddrive. I disabled it in my adapter card's
bios and now everything works okay, both booting to kernel 2.2.17 and
installing RH 7.0.
Funny thing is my roomate uses the same card, same drive (slightly
different), and he has the disconnect feature enabled, and it works....
> I'm having a very similar problem.
> I too am using the 2940u2w. However, I was able to install RH 6.2 just
> It's RH 7.0 that's doing the same things your seeing,* while trying
> to load the AIC7xxx driver. It accesses the hard drive, cdrom, then
> every 4 seconds or so.
> Also, I've been running RH6.2 for a few months with kernel 2.2.16 and have
> had no problems. Recently, I tried the switch to kernel 2.2.17 ..... this
> where the trouble starts.
> When kernel 2.2.17 tries to boot, it detects the adaptor, but then times
> trying to get the harddrive info.
> (scsi0:0:0:0) Synchronous at 80.0 Mbytes/sec, offset 31.
> SCSI host 0 channel 0 reset (pid0) timed out - trying harder
> SCSI bus is being reset for host 0 channel 0.
> This message repeats every five seconds indefinately.
> The hard drive that is causing the problem that lies on id0 is a
> 18GB Quantum Atlas 10K Ultra2-LVD
> Funny thing is, my roomate also has a 2940u2w with a Quantum Atlas 10k,
> except his is only 9 GB and lacks the ultra 160 interface. He was able to
> install RH7.0 just fine.
> There is also a cdrom and a burner on this card, but it does the same
> when they are removed.
> I initially thought this was a kernel 2.2.17 issue with it getting
> with the ultra 160 interface, but RH 7.0 uses kernel version 2.2.16 (who
> knows with what patches though).
> What type of hard drives are on your system???
> What firmware version is your Adaptec card using??? I'm using v2.20.0.
> - Josh
> > I have had Red Hat on my systems for almost two years, starting with 5.2
> > and now with 6.2ish.
> > My dad is a big computer-tinkering guy, and is trying to install Red Hat
> > 6.2 on an Athelon 700 with three or four SCSI disks, an IDE drive or
> > two, not sure what graphics card, mobo, etc.. but he's using an adaptec
> > 2940 u2w controller, and every time I go through the install process it
> > freezes loading the AIC7xxx driver.
> > If I boot into expert mode, I see that it stops when it's trying to scan
> > the bus. So I suspect that is the problem.
> > I downloaded the latest 6.2 install diskette, but it didn't seem to help
> > any. He will be installing it on a SCSI drive, so I'm not sure what to
> > do.
> > Any suggestions?
> > --
> > Walter Francis
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