Anaconda installer does’t see the disk

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Anaconda installer does’t see the disk

Post by _FabioTNT » 2019/05/14 22:36:20

Yesterday I started a project:
I have to switch from Windows server 2008 to centos 7. When I start the text setup (Anaconda) and open the list of disks, only the drive containing the installation files appears. Perhaps because centos 7 does not have a driver for the SCSI Array Controller.
The SCSI controller version is: HP Smart Array Controller 642

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Re: Anaconda installer does’t see the disk

Post by lightman47 » 2019/05/22 09:44:18

While this is likely no help, it may be of interest. I have a DL 380 G5 with a P400 Smart Array controller. I was able to get it to 'see' my array by adding hpsa.hpsa_simple_mode=1 hpsa.hpsa_allow_any=1 to the startup line during install. I believe I had to press TAB at the menu to be able to edit. After installation, I then had to add that to /etc/default/grub, and run grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg. That got it running.

The next hurdle came with CentOS 7.4 or 7.5 - when they dropped support for the ATI ES1000 video controller. As a result, it now runs in 'text mode' - multi-user target. Additionally, 7.6 kernel dropped the ability to use those two hpsa switches so I had to wipe it and re-install 7.5 - then exclude kernel* packages in the repo so they wouldn't update. I'm figuring it won't be too long before that comes around to bite me in the butt.

Mine is just a hobby machine so I've lost nothing much. Perhaps your model is newer and you'll have better luck ... ?

Remember - importing/building packages will likely "byte you in the butt" come update time, long after you'd forgotten you did that! Use repos whenever possible.

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Re: Anaconda installer does’t see the disk

Post by TrevorH » 2019/05/22 09:46:40

The SCSI controller version is: HP Smart Array Controller 642
Is about 15 years old and support was dropped when CentOS 7.0 was initially released 5 years ago.
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