broken FAI install

Travis Griggs tgriggs at
Tue Sep 21 21:18:17 CEST 2004

I'm trying to debug a FAI based CD install we have. I didn't put the 
original together, so I'm ramping up pretty quick on the learning curve 
here. Older versions of the CD install seem to work fine. But somewhere 
in there, a change was made that makes it so the CD install won't work 
on hard drives bigger than 32G. If I use the jumper to limit the 40G 
drive to just 32G it works fine. I've diff'd the contents of the CD 
between the last known working one and earliest known failing one. 
There's just not that many packages that changed. The only thing that's 
changed is a couple of packages aren't in there (libdb2, slang-1). I've 
put them back in, but to no avail. I'm running out of darts to throw, 
as to why the old one worked on 32+ hard drives, and the new one 
doesn't. The behavior for the failed installed is that grub gets as far 
as telling us its loading stage 1.5. If we boot off of the CD's grub it 
gets as far as actually presenting the menu,  but when we select the 
kernel located on the hard drive, it prints out the grub menu item 
info, and then just seems to hang. Any thoughts or ideas on what to do 
to isolate (and fix) the problem would be hugely appreciated.

Travis Griggs
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