Bootup freezes at "Starting up..."
peek at tiem.utk.edu
Wed Apr 8 14:24:07 UTC 2009
First of all, I'm attempting something screwy, so a little backstory is
probably important. I have some servers with large (>16TB) RAIDS.
Disgruntled with JFS and XFS, I decided to try Ext4. The servers are
running 8.10 amd64 server (linux-image-2.6.27-11-server) and fully up to
date. So I downloaded the source packages for e2fsprogs-1.41.4,
linux-2.6.28-11, and wireless-crda-1.7 from the Jaunty tree and compiled
I have two servers:
2 x Intel Xeon E5420 2.5GHz CPUs
Adaptec RAID 51645
Same as server #1, except with two Adaptec RAID 51645 cards
On server #1:
+ New kernel
= Flawless victory!
Formatted the RAID ext4 and it's running like a top.
So I repeated this process on server #2, but when I rebooted, I was
Boot from (hd0,0) ext3 c7447ceb-e203-418b-9c2b-d76d8d89f99e
And then the server hangs. And by hang, I mean it stayed at that point
for an hour and never booted up.
So I rebooted into the old kernel and edited /boot/grub/menu.lst. I
removed "quiet" and "splash" from the kernel parameters list for the
2.6.28 kernel and rebooted. The bootup process hangs at:
[ 0.392901] CPU0: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5420 W 2.50GHz stepping
[ 0.400000] Booting processor 1 APIC 0x4 ip 0x6000
The next thing I tried was noacpi and noapic, no good. Thinking that I
had it wrong, I tried acpi=off and apci=off. No good.
As a last resort, I turned ACPI off in BIOS. No good.
[ 0.013284] Setting APIC routing to flat
[ 0.013344] CPU0: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5420 @ 2.50GHz
[ 0.130848] Booting processor 1 APIC 0x4 ip 0x6000
I am now officially desperate. Does anyone have any ideas what to do next?
Thanks for any help you can offer,
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