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Re: jessie won't install/boot on a Dell Poweredge R815

On Sun, 2016-06-19 at 22:05 -0400, Jeffrey Mark Siskind wrote:
> I am attempting to install jessie on a Dell Poweredge R815 (I have four). It
> has been running wheezy reliably for years. And running squeeze reliably for
> years before that. But no matter what I try it won't install or boot.
> I have tried two ways.
>  1. I attempt a fresh install from a USB dongle. It gets all the way to
>     installing grub and then fails.
>  2. I do a fresh install of wheezy from a USB dongle. It boots wheezy just fine.
>     I do nothing but
>       nano /etc/apt/sources.list
>       (change all instances of wheezy to jessie, save, and exit)
>       apt-get update
>       apt-get dist-upgrade
>       (It upgrades without error. I answer the default to all questions.)
>       /sbin/reboot
>     Then it fails to reboot and goes into the initramfs. I have a picture of
>     the screen if anybody wishes.

Yes please.  Also please use the 'rescue' boot option which enables
more verbose logging to the screen.

> Also note that while the fresh install was successfull on the C6145 (all four
> that I own), the hardware detection phase of the fresh install from USB took
> hours (all four) and booting jessie also takes hours to do systemd
> configuration of the network and MD arrays (all four). dmesg (all four)
> reports continual
>   usb 1-5.2: reset high-speed USB device number 4 using ehci-pci
> even though nothing is connected to USB.

It's possible that the remote management chip on the motherboard is
connected to a USB interface.


Ben Hutchings
Never put off till tomorrow what you can avoid all together.

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