Archive for December 4th, 2007

Posted By mart

Installing SLES 10 SP1 on IA64

I admit it, I’m a Windows guy. Almost 20 years ago I started with MS-DOS, continued on Windows 3.11, then 95, replaced them with OS/2 Warp (may it rest in peace…), back to Windows NT, then XP and 2003, now friendshipping with Vista. But time to time I get the crazy idea to try something new and I’m off to hunt penguins.
Yes, Linux has improved in the past few years and the installation of many distros is quite simple and straightforward - as long as you don’t have any ‘exotic’ hardware. If you find out that your audio, video or whatever card is not supported, then you’re in trouble. Especially when you don’t expect it just like me…

Last week I decided to try SLES 10 SP1 on my Dell PowerEdge 3250 server. Knowing that there are actually only THREE different mainboards made for Itanium 2 CPU’s (all from Intel and two are no longer manufactured) I didn’t expect any problems since it seems quite easy to test the final release on three different configurations. Oh, how I was wrong.

Just when the graphical part of the installation (YaST2) kicked in, the screen went blank and greeted me with ‘Signal out of range’ error. Ok, maybe I overlooked something or made wrong selection, let’s try again and reboot…

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