Installing Fedora on HP Proliant DL 380 G6 (fixing installation hang / freeze on initializing disk layout)
Couple months ago I had problems with installing Fedora 13 Linux on HP Proliant DL 380 G6 server with SAS drives attached to Smart Array P410i controller. It was needed for testing SS7 based software stack supported on Red Hat Linux, so, for the test purpose we decided to go with latest Fedora 13 distribution.
I faced with problem on installation. After passing keyboard selection phase installation process hangs on initializing disk layout. At official HP forum I found no solution for fixing this problem. They say that "Technically Fedora is not supported on that platform at all, it doesn't understand the hardware."
After some googling I found some fixes:
I used both methods and have successfully installed Fedora 13 (64 bit) on HP Proliant DL 380 G6 server.
Unfortunately, a SS7 software stack we used in tests did not work on Fedora 13 / 64 bit as promised. So, I had to remove installed 64 bit version of Fedora 13 and installed a fresh 32 bit of version Fedora 13. At this time I did not specify acpi=off parameter on boot, just left CPU VT-d option in the BIOS disabled. And everything worked fine.
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