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