Fedora Installation Conflict with sym53c8xx SCSI Driver

Alexander Dalloz alexander.dalloz at uni-bielefeld.de
Thu Nov 6 16:45:43 UTC 2003

Am Do, den 06.11.2003 schrieb Matthew Walburn um 17:31:
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> Greetings,
> I'm trying to install Fedora Core 1.0 on an older VA Linux 501 server. 
> It uses a SCSI controller built on the NCR/LSI 53c810 chip.
> My problem is that I am unable to load the SCSI driver successfully. I 
> get stuck in an endless loop of the following messages:
> SCSI host 0 abort (pid0) timed out – resetting
> SCSI bus is being reset for host 0 channel 0.
> ncr53c8xx_reset: pid=0 reset_flags=2 serial_number=XX
> serial_number_at_timeout=XX
> Where XX begins with 0 and get incremented.
> The part that is sort of frustrating is that this driver worked fine 
> under Redhat 8, but was then broken under 9, which as kept me on 8 
> since. I had been hoping it would be fixed again under Fedora 1.0 so 
> that I could finally upgrade.
> The only messages I've been able to find on the web that point to 
> possible solutions are:
> 1) boot with parameters “sym53c8xx=safe:y” or “sym53c8xx=mpar:n”
> 	This did nothing.
> 2) somehow get the kernel to load the ncr53c8xx driver instead... 
> apparently it's more stable.
> 	Is there a way for me to force a particular driver at the linux 
> install boot: prompt?
> Does anyone have any other ideas?
> Thanks so much!
> - -Matthew

Start the installation process with "linux noprobe". This will enable
you to select the ncr53c8xx scsi module. I know the problem and that
worked for me. All other not, like giving the safe parameter.


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