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I have recently come into possession of a Compaq Proliant 5000R server. It has four 200Mhz pentiums, 256Mb memory, and five SCSI disks, with a raid controller. I would like to Install Linux on this machine, but so far have been unable to get past the most basic steps. I have tried with RedHat 7.2 and 8.0, and SuSE 8.2. The SuSE starts up, and displays the Boot Screen. Select install option and the install starts and gets to the step RAMDISK: Compressed image found at block 0 and then hangs. The Red Hat initially seems to boot up, and ...

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    I have recently come into possession of a Compaq Proliant 5000R server.
    It has four 200Mhz pentiums, 256Mb memory, and five SCSI disks, with a
    raid controller. I would like to Install Linux on this machine, but so
    far have been unable to get past the most basic steps. I have tried
    with RedHat 7.2 and 8.0, and SuSE 8.2.

    The SuSE starts up, and displays the Boot Screen. Select install option
    and the install starts and gets to the step

    RAMDISK: Compressed image found at block 0

    and then hangs.

    The Red Hat initially seems to boot up, and get to the boot prompt, with
    not enough memory error. Giving it the Linux mem=256 command will start
    the install, but it almost immediately hangs at the message

    Uncompressing Kernel


    So my questions are:

    1. Has anyone been able to get an install to work on this machine?

    2. If so, what boot options do I need to supply?

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    "William" <com> skrev i meddelandet
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    You may take a look here:
    http://h18023.www1.hp.com/support/files/server/us/locate/8_1109.html

    Maybe you have to run 'System erase' and some other apps before install.


    Conny Guest

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    I should have also said that there is currently nothing on the disks.
    They are not even formatted/partitioned for anything.

    William wrote:
     

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    I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but I am not
    sure you realize that what you heard was not what I meant.

    William E Colls President
    Tel 613 591 0079 PROComputer Systems
    Fax 613 591 3924 67 Willow Glen Dr.
    www.procomsys.com Kanata Ontario K2M 1T1

    Specialists in Progress Database systems since 1986

    William Guest

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    > I should have also said that there is currently nothing on the disks. 

    You probably need to use the Compaq disks for setting up the disc array
    (think it's called SmartStart; I should know, since I used it last week...)

    When you have set up the array try installing Linux again.

    RF


    Rich Guest

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    Sounds like you had the same setup I did. I have 2 Proliant 2500's to
    setup. First I did a complete wipe of the system. There's a switch inside
    on the top, the cover will display it. Then use the Smart Start CD's and
    do a manual install(you do have those right? If not, get those before
    anything is done) You'll need it to setup you RAID card, and the other
    utilities. Usually, with the newer versions it should be recognized as
    /dev/ida/c0d0 or something similar. One of my machines had the problem you
    described with memory when installing RH 8.0.

    I eventually when back to my favorite distro, slackware 9.0. The one with
    the RAID card, I booted using the raid.s image, the other used the onboard
    SCSI and used the scsi.s image.

    There are other things to do after packages are installed, concerning LILO
    and Compaq's system utilities partition.

    http://www.cpqlinux.com/

    http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/servers/linux/archived-howto.html

    http://www.cpqlinux.com/pl2500.html

    I wish I could remember all the things I did. Hope that helps, along with
    some googling.


    Douglas Guest

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