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How To Install RHEL4 In HP NetServer LH3000

A simple problem but took me few days to resolve it! Shame to say I’m a Linux administrator (though well-known as half-skilled, non-certified RHCE).

While Red Hat 8 is fine with the Symbios SCSI driver, it was a nightmare to install RHEL4 with SYM53C896 on the same HP NetServer LH3000!
First, the RHEL4 installation stuck at loading Symbios SCSI driver SYM53C896, and then followed by hang-up when loading the Adaptec SCSI driver aic7xxx! (Note, the Windows XP Professional on LH3000 is actually reports megaraid driver in Device Manager).

How to install RHEL4 on HP NetServer LH3000?

So, I Google for “RHEL4 Megaraid” and found Tom Sightler post! (I thought this was the solution, but it wasn’t).

I downloaded the megaraid driver source code, compiled it with RHEL4 U5 running in VMWare Workstation, followed by Tom’s guide and the elaborated instructions in the comments – BUT TO NO SUCCESS!

The LH3000 manual doesn’t seem “useful” to me. So I kept on googling all over again and found a Chinese post that really rock – by tweaking the LH3000 BIOS settings, I’ve done it! Tonykorn97, you’re the man!

Tweak NetServer LH3000 BIOS Settings To Install Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 U5
  1. Reboot the LH3000 and press F2 to enter BIOS setup screen
  2. Access to “Embedded LAN and SCSI Settings” menu
  3. Set “HP NetRaid / LVD SCSI” to become “Enable LVD SCSI”
  4. Set “Embedded SE SCSI” to become “Disabled”
  5. Set “Embedded NIC” to become “Enabled” (if you’re using the embedded NIC)
  6. Access to “PCI Device Settings” menu followed by “PCI IRQ Locking” sub-menu
  7. Set “Routing Algorithm” to become “Fixed”
  8. Set “Sharing Algorithm” to become “Same Device”
  9. Set “Disable PCI IRQ Sharing” to become “Disabled”
  10. Enter the “Individual IRQ Locking” sub-menu
  11. Set “PCI Slot 5” to become “5”
  12. Set “PCI Slot 8” to become “11”
  13. Set “Embedded LVD SCSI A” to become “Disabled”
  14. Set “Embedded LVD SCSI B” to become “Disabled”
  15. Set “Embedded SE SCSI” to become “Disabled”
  16. Set “Embedded HP NetRaid” to become “Disabled”
  17. Set “Embedded LAN” to become “9”
  18. Set the rest of PCI slot/device IRQ locking to become “Auto”
  19. Press F10 to save and exit.

Reboot the NetServer LH3000 and continue with RHEL4 installation, which will be successfully done (as I did)!

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