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f.vanniere at planet-work

Sep 19, 2007, 8:31 AM

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No localboot on HP Proliant with Smart Array and menu.c32

Hello,

I'm trying to boot a HP Proliant DL320 G5 with a HP Smart Array E200i
RAID card (latest BIOS and latest RAID card firmware).


With menu.c32 or vesamenu.c32 from syslinux 3.50 the system hangs

Booting from local disk...
PXE-M0F Exiting


With the latest dev version (3.52-pre) it hangs with :

vesamenu.c32: attempted DOS system call


The issue has already been reported but with no solution.

Regards,

Frédéric.

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hpa at zytor

Sep 19, 2007, 9:10 AM

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Re: No localboot on HP Proliant with Smart Array and menu.c32 [In reply to]

Frédéric VANNIÈRE wrote:
> Hello,
>
> I'm trying to boot a HP Proliant DL320 G5 with a HP Smart Array E200i
> RAID card (latest BIOS and latest RAID card firmware).
>

Booting from what medium?

>
> With menu.c32 or vesamenu.c32 from syslinux 3.50 the system hangs
>
> Booting from local disk...
> PXE-M0F Exiting
>
>
> With the latest dev version (3.52-pre) it hangs with :
>
> vesamenu.c32: attempted DOS system call
>
> The issue has already been reported but with no solution.
>

There are no previous emails in the mailing list archive from you.

The first thing I would want to know is that all components
(pxelinux/isolinux/syslinux/etc, memdisk, *.c32 etc) match.

-hpa

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f.vanniere at planet-work

Sep 20, 2007, 2:15 AM

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Re: No localboot on HP Proliant with Smart Array and menu.c32 [In reply to]

H. Peter Anvin a écrit :
> Frédéric VANNIÈRE wrote:
>
>> Hello,
>>
>> I'm trying to boot a HP Proliant DL320 G5 with a HP Smart Array E200i
>> RAID card (latest BIOS and latest RAID card firmware).
>>
> Booting from what medium?
>

The first boot device is PXE on the first NIC. We are using syslinux 3.50
from sources and tftp-hpa on fuse (for dynamic menu generation). The
second boot
device is the RAID card (or the SATA controler)

>> With menu.c32 or vesamenu.c32 from syslinux 3.50 the system hangs
>>
>> Booting from local disk...
>> PXE-M0F Exiting
>>
>>
>> With the latest dev version (3.52-pre) it hangs with :
>>
>> vesamenu.c32: attempted DOS system call
>>
>> The issue has already been reported but with no solution.
>>
>
> There are no previous emails in the mailing list archive from you.
>
The mail is "menu.c32 HP Proliant DL360 G5 localboot problem" Aug 25, 2007


> The first thing I would want to know is that all components
> (pxelinux/isolinux/syslinux/etc, memdisk, *.c32 etc) match.
>

This configuration file doesn't work (menu.c32 or vesamenu.c32):

DEFAULT menu.c32
PROMPT 0
TIMEOUT 100
LABEL default
MENU LABEL Local disk
localboot 0


This one works :

DEFAULT local
PROMPT 0
TIMEOUT 100
LABEL default
MENU LABEL Local disk
localboot 0


I've tried 3 versions of syslinux:
- Syslinux 3.50 -> doesn't work (Booting from local disk...)
- Syslinux dev -> doesn't work (attempted DOS system call)
- official Debian Etch 3.31-4 -> works

Regards,

Frédéric.

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andrew at shopcusa

Sep 20, 2007, 4:18 PM

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Re: No localboot on HP Proliant with Smart Array and menu.c32 [In reply to]

Frédéric VANNIÈRE wrote:
> H. Peter Anvin a écrit :
>
>> Frédéric VANNIÈRE wrote:
>>
>>
>>> Hello,
>>>
>>> I'm trying to boot a HP Proliant DL320 G5 with a HP Smart Array E200i
>>> RAID card (latest BIOS and latest RAID card firmware).
>>>
>>>
>> Booting from what medium?
>>
>>
>
> The first boot device is PXE on the first NIC. We are using syslinux 3.50
> from sources and tftp-hpa on fuse (for dynamic menu generation). The
> second boot
> device is the RAID card (or the SATA controler)
>
-Snip-
> Regards,
>
> Frédéric.
>
>
As far as I know, This is an unsupported Configuration. While it may not
be related, Please test without fuse.

-Andrew

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hpa at zytor

Sep 20, 2007, 5:15 PM

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Re: No localboot on HP Proliant with Smart Array and menu.c32 [In reply to]

Andrew Stuart wrote:
>
> As far as I know, This is an unsupported Configuration. While it may not
> be related, Please test without fuse.
>

Indeed; if your FUSE system is corrupting files anything could happen.

-hpa

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ulrich.wiedemann at baramundi

Feb 29, 2008, 5:58 AM

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Re: No localboot on HP Proliant with Smart Array and menu.c32 [In reply to]

Hi,

as I got my hands on a DL360 G3 for testing today, I may provide some
further information on this.

The relevant change seems to be
http://git.kernel.org/?p=boot/syslinux/syslinux.git;a=commit;h=507719c32bfe1b5db5f18ff9bde0cee91b2e83f9.

With the attached diff, which apparently reverts the above change, I was
able to build a pxelinux.0 based on v3.61, which works also on my test
machine. A self compiled stock v3.61 hangs when it is supposed to
localboot from menu.c32. I experience the very same behavior also with
my own com32 module.

Looks like HP stores some information in memory, which gets overwritten
by pxelinux/the com32 module?

I'd be very happy to do further tests to support fixing this issue for
an upcoming syslinux release.

Regards, Ulrich
Attachments: proliant.diff (0.86 KB)


hpa at zytor

Feb 29, 2008, 10:04 AM

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Re: No localboot on HP Proliant with Smart Array and menu.c32 [In reply to]

Ulrich Wiedemann wrote:
> Hi,
>
> as I got my hands on a DL360 G3 for testing today, I may provide some
> further information on this.
>

Could you run com32/modules/meminfo.c32 for me on this system?

-hpa

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hpa at zytor

Feb 29, 2008, 5:12 PM

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Re: No localboot on HP Proliant with Smart Array and menu.c32 [In reply to]

Ulrich Wiedemann wrote:
> Hi,
>
> as I got my hands on a DL360 G3 for testing today, I may provide some
> further information on this.
>
> The relevant change seems to be
> http://git.kernel.org/?p=boot/syslinux/syslinux.git;a=commit;h=507719c32bfe1b5db5f18ff9bde0cee91b2e83f9.
>
>
> With the attached diff, which apparently reverts the above change, I was
> able to build a pxelinux.0 based on v3.61, which works also on my test
> machine. A self compiled stock v3.61 hangs when it is supposed to
> localboot from menu.c32. I experience the very same behavior also with
> my own com32 module.
>
> Looks like HP stores some information in memory, which gets overwritten
> by pxelinux/the com32 module?
>
> I'd be very happy to do further tests to support fixing this issue for
> an upcoming syslinux release.
>

I should like to ask what version of the PXE firmware you're running on
that, and if it's not the latest, if you could try the latest version; I
suggest using the "HP firmware maintenance CD":

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareIndex.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodNameId=3288138&prodTypeId=15351&prodSeriesId=316558&swLang=8&taskId=135&swEnvOID=4006#2995

They released a new firmware CD as late as Feb 11, 2008.

It looks like it's a Broadcom chip in that box.

-hpa

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ulrich.wiedemann at baramundi

Mar 3, 2008, 7:20 AM

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Re: No localboot on HP Proliant with Smart Array and menu.c32 [In reply to]

> I should like to ask what version of the PXE firmware you're running on
> that, and if it's not the latest, if you could try the latest version; I

I updated the server with the mentioned maintenance CD to the latest
available firmware.

The behavior is still the same (localboot does not work). For this test
I used the new syslinux/pxelinux v3.62.

Please find attached the output of meminfo.c32.

> It looks like it's a Broadcom chip in that box.

Yes, this machine has a Broadcom chip. If this is of interest, I could
also look up the PCI device information.

Regards, Ulrich
Attachments: dl360g3-meminfo.PNG (6.85 KB)

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