On same hardware, CentOS 7 installations fail while RHEL 7 installation succeed

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On same hardware, CentOS 7 installations fail while RHEL 7 installation succeed

Post by ronbarak » 2020/09/02 18:27:42

I have a disturbing issue installing CentOS on a Dell Vostro 15 3000 laptop.
I'm failing to install CentOS 7.{8,6,5,3,2} but am able to install RHEL 7.8.
CentOS 7.{8,6,5} installation crashes with a panic as soon as the installation starts (see URLs below), and CentOS 7.{3,2} installation just shows a blinking cursor as soon as the installation starts.
Also attached a successful RHEL 7.8 installation.

Can anyone suggest what can be done on CentOS 7 installations that will enable it to succeed as the RHEL installation does?

CentOS 7.8 panic at start of installation
CentOS 7.6 panic at start of installation
CentOS 7.5 panic at start of installation
CentOS 7.3 blinking cursor at start of installation
CentOS 7.2 blinking cursor at start of installation
RHEL 7.8 successful installation

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Re: On same hardware, CentOS 7 installations fail while RHEL 7 installation succeed

Post by jlehtone » 2020/09/03 09:37:48

First, lets forget all but the 7.8.

A message says "kernel BUG". What is the kernel version in the install medias of CentOS 7.8 and RHEL 7.8? More specifically, does the RHEL have 3.10.0-957 too (that CentOS has)?

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Re: On same hardware, CentOS 7 installations fail while RHEL 7 installation succeed

Post by TrevorH » 2020/09/03 11:34:07

I'd start by checking with Dell to see if there is a firmware update for whatever nvme device you have in that machine.
CentOS 6 will die in November 2020 - migrate sooner rather than later!
Info for USB installs on http://wiki.centos.org/HowTos/InstallFromUSBkey
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Re: On same hardware, CentOS 7 installations fail while RHEL 7 installation succeed

Post by ronbarak » 2020/09/15 17:20:46

Thanks TrevorH and jlehtone.
I've decided that going down that rabbit-hole chasing a solution is going to be a waste of time, and returned the laptops.
Fortunately, other laptop models are more co-operating with CentOS/RedHat.

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