I recently built a new 1u server using a desktop mother board and processor. Server specs are AMD ATHLON +2800 1gig of ram and a 80gig SATA 150 hard drive. For some odd reason the server will not reboot with out the keyboard using kernel 2.6. I tested it with Centos 4.1 and Centos 3.5 with kernel 2.6.10.
When I compiled kernel 2.6 I copied the old config and added grsec then compiled it, no other changes were made. It never makes it to the bootloader the last thing it says is (says the same thing for Centos 4.1 and Centos 3.5 with kernel 2.6.10)
Please stand by while rebooting the system
md: stopping all md devices
md: md0 switched to read-only mode
Synchronizing SCSI cache for disk sda
Then it never goes to the bootloader, it just says Restarting system untill you turn the server off.
With kernel 2.4 the server reboots with out the keyboard with no problem. Anyone have any Idea what might be causing this problem?
*whew* I'm not the only one thats had this problem.
I followed your other thread closely for this problem (I'd have warned you, but I didn't catch the thread before you'd obviously bought the equipment).
I've made several cheap racks like what you're making, and have had this problem with a couple motherboards. Sorry, but I don't have an answer - I didn't even know it worked on kernel 2.4. But I'll tell you what I've tested. This only happens on some motherboards - NOT every one. Recently I've noticed that it happens on any motherboard on which uses a VIA chipset. I'm not sure if thats true or not, but so far it has been.
My solution? I've just swapped it for a different motherboard. I have a pile of cheap motherboards here that I don't know what to do with If you find a solution, perhaps I can finally use them!
So sorry, can't help you, I can only sympathize. Weirdest problem, though, huh? Keep the keyboard in and it works fine. Take it out, and it won't restart - it'll turn off or anything else, it just won't restart....thats the only problem (yet an important one!) Please post if you find a solution (besides changing the kernel)
Thats pretty funny because my motherboard uses a VIA chipset. I wonder if there is a work around it? Well now that I know what the problem is I can decide what to do. I highly doubt Ill throw away the mother board if I can not find a fix for it i will be forced to run Centos 3.4 with kernel 2.4. I noticed some new VIA chip drivers when I compiled the kernel, I am going to try them if that dosent work Ill just use kernel 2.4 and be done with it. Thanks for the info, too bad I didnt get the warning before i bought the parts