Re: GRUB doesn't like ServeRAID M1015/LSI 9220-8i (was Re: mvsaswith 3.1)

From: Brad Campbell
Date: Wed Feb 01 2012 - 22:02:32 EST

On 01/02/12 22:42, Thomas Fjellstrom wrote:

Yeah, GRUB immediately throws an "out of memory. Aborted" error, its annoying,
but I reported the issue on GRUB's bug tracker after talking to a guy in #grub
on freenode. Hopefully someone looks at it soon. It appears it happens so
early in grub's startup that it can't even output any debug info (I was asked
to run: `grub-install --debug-image=all /dev/sdX`, and did so, I get debug
output when the card is not installed, but absolutely nothing when it is

Just another data point. I've seen this issue also. It does not appear to be GRUB's fault. It appears the BIOS on the card does something funky as it also prevents syslinux/isolinux/pxelinux and its friends from properly detecting/reporting the machines memory. Machine has 16GB but a PXE boot believes it has 3GB.

I "worked around" the problem by swapping out the mainboard for a later model with a different BIOS and the problem went away. Not pretty, but it was the only way I could get the machine to boot with those cards in it. I have 4 IBM cards in 2 machines and they work fine here. I still have the dodgy mainboard and can set it up if you need help testing/reproducing the issue.


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