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HP DL585 RHEL smp kernel boot

Tekmazter
Occasional Visitor

HP DL585 RHEL smp kernel boot

Running into a bit of an issue on an DL585 G2 in which I just installed RHE 4 (AS). I can successfully boot into the non-smp kernel. However, if I attempt to boot into anything smp, I cannot boot at all. I've noticed many 'unable to handle kernel paging request at" messages.

I have installed the HP Support pack and done only a simple install. The system has the following attributes:

P400 SmartArray
4 dual-core AMD EMT64 proc's
12GB RAM
Kernel version: 2.6.9-5

I can successfully boot from a non-smp kernel. I err out only what attempting to boot from smp.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
4 REPLIES
Ivan Ferreira
Honored Contributor

Re: HP DL585 RHEL smp kernel boot

Please try these tips:

http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/servers/linux/k8-notes.html#rhel4u4x64
Por que hacerlo dificil si es posible hacerlo facil? - Why do it the hard way, when you can do it the easy way?
Tekmazter
Occasional Visitor

Re: HP DL585 RHEL smp kernel boot

Hi and thank you for that. I had already followed these notes prior to installation and post install. My grub.conf file is pasted below:

#boot=/dev/cciss/c0d0
# default=0 # commented out by Proliant HBA install script
default=2
fallback=0
timeout=10
splashimage=(hd0,0)/boot/grub/splash.xpm.gz
hiddenmenu
title Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS (2.6.9-5.ELsmp)
root (hd0,0)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.9-5.ELsmp ro root=LABEL=/ pci=nommconf rhgb quiet
initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.9-5.ELsmp.img
title Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS-up (2.6.9-5.EL)
root (hd0,0)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.9-5.EL ro root=LABEL=/ pci=nommconf rhgb quiet
initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.9-5.EL.img

# This entry (no. 2) added by Proliant HBA install script
# in package cpq_cciss-2.6.18-5.rhel4
title HP-2.6.9-5.EL
root (hd0,0)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.9-5.EL ro root=LABEL=/ pci=nommconf rhgb quiet
initrd /boot/HP-initrd-2.6.9-5.EL.img


# This entry (no. 3) added by Proliant HBA install script
# in package cpq_cciss-2.6.18-5.rhel4
title HP-2.6.9-5.ELsmp
root (hd0,0)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.9-5.ELsmp ro root=LABEL=/ pci=nommconf rhgb quiet
initrd /boot/HP-initrd-2.6.9-5.ELsmp.img


Keep in mind, I can successfully boot from the non-smp kernel. Is there something I missed in setup?
Rick Beldin
Esteemed Contributor

Re: HP DL585 RHEL smp kernel boot

I would update this system.

You are using the BUNDLED RHEL4 kernel, which was released in early 2005. You apparently have no updates on this system.

According to the certification matrix for DL585 G2 (www.hp.com/go/linux, then look for certifications and then Proliant servers). You will see that the MINIMUM kernel revision for RHEL4 is:


Minimum Supported Red Hat Updates
â ¢ Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 initial release
â ¢ Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Update 3
â ¢ Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 Update 8 + 2.4.21-47.0.1.EL kernel (x86)
â ¢ Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 Update 8 (AMD64/EM64T)

http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/servers/linux/dl585g2-drivers-cert.html
Necessary questions: Why? What? How? When?
Tekmazter
Occasional Visitor

Re: HP DL585 RHEL smp kernel boot

Thank you very much for your reply. I did somewhat suspect this. However, I never bothered to look at the support matrix. One funny thing is that I recently downloaded the latest release of RHE4 but never installed from that media (OOPS).

The system in this case was being put under support as of today in order to pull updates from RHN. I'll post back with what I find after updating this system.

Thanks again!