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Eve.8ryone,

I have had a SuperMicro machine running CentOS 5.8 that had been progressively updated with yum-cron from a 5.0 CD install.

I upgraded the SuperMicro with more memory, switched out the CD with a DVD and tried to boot to the CentOS x64 6.2 dvd. My plan was to test the memory before I added the hard drives, but I could not I could not get the machine to boot from the disc. I also tried some Fedora install discs as well as LiveFedora and the machine would still not boot. I
could get it to boot with a dreaded Microsoft install disc. We also updated the bios with the latest version and this did not make a difference.

We have not tried to use these disks with the hard drives installed yet because we were in the process of just testing the memory.

Has anyone had this problem with SuperMicro’s. Is the problem as simple as a requirement to have a hard disc installed. Your help would be appreciated.

Thank you,

Greg Ennis

22 thoughts on - Supermicro & Boot Failures With DVD CentOS 6.2

  • Gregory P. Ennis wrote:
    Make sure, in the BIOS, that booting from the DVD is enabled. Also – you
    *have* booted from the dvd on another machine, right?

    I *hate* Supermicro. As I mentioned the other day on another thread, we’ve stopped buying from Penguin, who are all Supermicro, and we have had a
    *ton* of problems. With the 48-core and 64-core servers, which you’d think would be top of the line, with the H8QG6 m/bs, we’ve had at least, um, 6
    replaced out of under 30.

    mark

  • Gregory P. Ennis wrote:
    Make sure, in the BIOS, that booting from the DVD is enabled. Also – you
    *have* booted from the dvd on another machine, right?

    I *hate* Supermicro. As I mentioned the other day on another thread, we’ve stopped buying from Penguin, who are all Supermicro, and we have had a
    *ton* of problems. With the 48-core and 64-core servers, which you’d think would be top of the line, with the H8QG6 m/bs, we’ve had at least, um, 6
    replaced out of under 30.

    mark

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  • Greg,

    Gregory P. Ennis wrote:

    Ok. Next question: what *happens* when you try to boot? Do you get anywhere? Are there any errors showing up onscreen?

    mark

  • Ok. Next question: what *happens* when you try to boot? Do you get anywhere? Are there any errors showing up onscreen?

    mark

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  • Greg,

    Gregory P. Ennis wrote:

    If you can boot another server from this DVD, it suggests that there’s a driver missing, though if this is an install disk, that’s odd. Have you tried or f5? IIRC, those should show what goes into dmesg.

    mark

  • which model?
    DVD drive or plain CD drive?

    why 6.2 which is no longer supported?
    Burn and verify a 6.4 version and report back. Your issue might already have been solved if you CPU/chipset was not supported by 6.2 but only since 6.3 or 6.4…

    Cheers,

    Tru


  • If you can boot another server from this DVD, it suggests that there’s a driver missing, though if this is an install disk, that’s odd. Have you tried or f5? IIRC, those should show what goes into dmesg.

    mark

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  • which model?
    DVD drive or plain CD drive?

    why 6.2 which is no longer supported?
    Burn and verify a 6.4 version and report back. Your issue might already have been solved if you CPU/chipset was not supported by 6.2 but only since 6.3 or 6.4…

    Cheers,

    Tru
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  • Gregory P. Ennis wrote:

    it *is* a 64-bit cpu, right?
    did you try with 6.4 yet?

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  • I have about 20 servers with Supermicro boards, and there was a fair amount of instability under 6.3 (hangs for no apparent reason every couple of weeks on about a quarter of the machines). Since I updated to 6.4, everything has been solid. YMMV, of course.

    Steve

  • .

    Hi there. Had a similar problem, there is a bug in isolinux, that have been updated in 6.1 Boot a 6.0 should do the trick. It did for me. HTH,

  • .

    Hi there. Had a similar problem, there is a bug in isolinux, that have been updated in 6.1 Boot a 6.0 should do the trick. It did for me. HTH,

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  • Well…I found few messages about it, and it looks like people aren’t sure about the cause…software bug ? BIOS bug ? Isolinux guys report it to BIOS, and of course we don’t hear about BIOS guys. So pick your choice ;)
    Anyway, I haven’t found any other solution…and once I found the 6.0
    trick I stopped research here. Regards,

    Laurent Wandrebeck HYGEOS, Earth Observation Department / Observation de la Terre Euratechnologies
    165 Avenue de Bretagne
    59000 Lille, France tel: +33 3 20 08 24 98
    http://www.hygeos.com GPG fingerprint/Empreinte GPG: F5CA 37A4 6D03 A90C 7A1D 2A62 54E6 EF2C
    D17C F64C

  • Well…I found few messages about it, and it looks like people aren’t sure about the cause…software bug ? BIOS bug ? Isolinux guys report it to BIOS, and of course we don’t hear about BIOS guys. So pick your choice ;)
    Anyway, I haven’t found any other solution…and once I found the 6.0
    trick I stopped research here. Regards,

    Laurent Wandrebeck HYGEOS, Earth Observation Department / Observation de la Terre Euratechnologies
    165 Avenue de Bretagne
    59000 Lille, France tel: +33 3 20 08 24 98
    http://www.hygeos.com GPG fingerprint/Empreinte GPG: F5CA 37A4 6D03 A90C 7A1D 2A62 54E6 EF2C
    D17C F64C

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    Laurent,

    I took a look at the CentOS bugs and found this.

    http://bugs.CentOS.org/view.php?id=5377

    I am not sure if my problem is related to this particular problem, but there was a similar note attached to this bug, I also added a note.

    It does not look to me like anyone is addressing the problem. I am glad the 6.0 archive is available. I will try your suggestion next.

    Thanks for your help!!!!

    Greg

  • Well…I found few messages about it, and it looks like people aren’t sure about the cause…software bug ? BIOS bug ? Isolinux guys report it to BIOS, and of course we don’t hear about BIOS guys. So pick your choice ;)
    Anyway, I haven’t found any other solution…and once I found the 6.0
    trick I stopped research here. Regards,

    Laurent Wandrebeck HYGEOS, Earth Observation Department / Observation de la Terre Euratechnologies
    165 Avenue de Bretagne
    59000 Lille, France tel: +33 3 20 08 24 98
    http://www.hygeos.com GPG fingerprint/Empreinte GPG: F5CA 37A4 6D03 A90C 7A1D 2A62 54E6 EF2C
    D17C F64C

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    Laurent,

    I took a look at the CentOS bugs and found this.

    http://bugs.CentOS.org/view.php?id=5377

    I am not sure if my problem is related to this particular problem, but there was a similar note attached to this bug, I also added a note.

    It does not look to me like anyone is addressing the problem. I am glad the 6.0 archive is available. I will try your suggestion next.

    Thanks for your help!!!!

    Greg

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    I wanted to post a follow up note on this thread to help others that have this same problem. The CentOS 6.0 dvd has worked perfectly which means we can install CentOS on this machine. The 6.2 and 6.4 dvd’s were not usable and would not boot. It does not appear that this problem is getting much attention, so we may have some difficulty with 6.+ or 7.

    Greg Ennis

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