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Re: [vox-tech] Installation woes

Henry House wrote:
På 2007-08-01, skrev John Marcotte:
I am attempting to refurbish an old Intel L440GX+ -based dual P-III server.
It is currently running an outdated version of Debian. I wanted to Install
Ubuntu Server on it.

When I installed Debian, I had to jump through some hoops, because as I
recall, the Adaptec SCSI chip on the motherboard was not supported. I think
I had to either hack the ISO, or maybe make some sort of boot floppy.

Well five years of driver developments did not help this situation. Ubuntu
will not install. It just freezes shortly after loading the kernel. I
suspect it is the same issue. The passing of time has made good information
about this board even harder to find. Not as many people still have one, so
I can't find instructions on how to fix the problem.

I think it has an Adaptec AIC7896/97 chipset that is causing the trouble.
Does anyone have any advice on how to get past this install issue?
I strongly suggest using the 'alternate installer' CD instead of the
regular Ubuntu installer. The alternate CD provides a text-mode
installer similar to the traditional Debian installer. It is much more
reliable than the GUI installer.

You might also want to try installing into a chroot environment within
your running Debian installation using debootstrap (not the regular
bootable installer). Feel free to ask for more details on this method if
you choose to use it.
I agree with the 'alternate installer' CD or server edition, I believe I read somewhere that more scsi, raid etc hardware is supported on that version.

Is the board scsi only? I'm not familiar with that particular one but if you have at least some IDE controllers you could also run the primary on IDE and work out the scsi driver as the main application drive.


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