My setup: Fujitsu H532i Team Server with twin 100 MHz Pentium processors
and twin on-board Adaptec AIC7870 SCSI chips. Bios is 1.00.10 GPO and SCSI
bios is Adaptecs 1.26sP8. The first SCSI channel has 4 x 2 Gb Seagate hard
drives, 1 Matshita CD-ROM drive and 1 HP tape drive.
Installation of RH 6.2 has consistently stalled on trying to scan the SCSI
setup. Message is parity error on message-in. Doug Ledford's heroic
efforts have not solved the problem for this machine, and a few others which
I have heard about. But thanks anyway, Doug.
Acting on a suggestion from Knut Stormkartr I tried earlier versions of RH
Linux. 5.0 and 5.1 would install but not 5.2 on my machine. Since I don't
have a cd for 5.1 and haven't yet found an iso image this version never
reached completion but it was not a SCSI problem that stopped it. I have
now managed to install Red Hat version 5.0, kernel 2.0.32. The only problem
I had is that it thinks my 3C905 NIC is a 3C509, which is a pity.
Knut reports to me that he could install 5.1 and 5.2 (he doesn't say
anything about 5.0) and subsequently upgrade to 6.1. It may also be
important that he has a 2740 card.
That's it, for what it is worth to any other unfortunates struggling with
the same problem.
What I want to do now is find out how to upgrade to 6.2, bypassing the SCSI
scan at the beginning of the process. If anyone has any ideas on this I'd
be grateful. Can it be as easy as replacing the directory structure on my
hard disks with the equivalent directories from the 6.2 cd and replacing the
kernel? Or is the scsi handling built in to the kernel which means patching
the 6.2 source with the 5.0 scsi routines?