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Dear all, I'm feeling kinda stupid. I'm trying to install a SLES 11.0 server with XEN. I Install my server with SLES 11.0 after that I install my raid card ...
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    SLES 11.0 XEN kernel boot gets stuck


    Dear all,


    I'm feeling kinda stupid. I'm trying to install a SLES 11.0 server with XEN.

    I Install my server with SLES 11.0 after that I install my raid card drivers and after that I install the Hypervisor tools with Yast to get XEN running. I do a reboot to see if I can boot up the XEN kernel and it get stuck with this...

    Excuse me for the bad quality of the picture!

    What I have done, checked the install DVD, changed out harddrives with no luck. Also did an fresh install without installing the raid card, XEN still won't boot.

    Another fresh install with custom partition setup also no luck. So I hope somebody can tell me what the code means where my XEN gets stuck.

    Thanks for the help!

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    I'm starting to think there something wrong with the mobo in the server...

    Some specs of my homemade server,

    Mobo: Gigabyte P35-DS3R
    CPU: Intel Core2Duo E6700 @ 2.66Ghz
    MEM: 4GB Corsair XMS
    HDD: 1x160GB WD Sata Drive(SLES 11.0)
    RAID: Highpoint RocketRAID 2640x1

    Yesterday I was fooling around with the hdd controller settings until a point where the system stop booting to the DVD drive or the hdd. Couldn't even get into the BIOS anymore until I did an CMOS reset.

    Tested today on a pc from my work and the SLES 11.0 install worked like a charm after the first install including XEN. Only difference with my server is the mobo that was an Asus P5W DH Deluxe.

    Gonna borrow a mobo from my work to see if it solves the problem.

    It's not the mobo or the videocard, so we can says the hardware should be fine. I found on another forum the same problem only I don't get his solution, maybe someone from here can explain it better?

    >>>
    but i got solution ... now i am able to boot in sles11 .. it is working fine.

    solution is change menu.lst file as below

    rootnoverify (hd0,7)
    chainloader +1
    <<<

    And this is my XEN menu.lst code,
    ###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: xen###
    title Xen -- SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 - 2.6.27.19-5
    root (hd0,0)
    kernel /xen.gz
    module /vmlinuz-2.6.27.19-5-xen root=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD1600AAJS-00PSA0_WD-WMAP97767672-part5 resume=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD1600AAJS-00PSA0_WD-WMAP97767672-part6 splash=silent showopts vga=0x31a
    module /initrd-2.6.27.19-5-xen

    ###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: linux###
    title SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 - 2.6.27.19-5
    root (hd0,0)
    kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.27.19-5-default root=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD1600AAJS-00PSA0_WD-WMAP97767672-part5 resume=/dev/disk/by-id/ata-WDC_WD1600AAJS-00PSA0_WD-WMAP97767672-part6 splash=silent showopts vga=0x31a
    initrd /initrd-2.6.27.19-5-default
    Last edited by DutchPlayer; 11-05-2011 at 11:04 AM.

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    Ha finally got it working, found the solution after hours reading forums and using Google

    It was a topic on the Novell forum about SLES 11 and HP Products Notes and the solutions was simple.

    Check it out,

    Workaround when XEN, the hypervisor, does not boot into the GUI
    In a few cases, following the installation of Xen, the hypervisor does not boot into the GUI. To work around this issue, modify /boot/grub/menu.lst and replace vga=<number> with vga=mode-<number>. For example, if the setting for your native kernel is vga=0x317, then for Xen you will need to use vga=mode-0x317. The Xen section of the menu.lst would for example, appear as follows :

    ###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: xen###
    title Xen -- SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 - 2.6.27.15-2
    root (hd0,1)
    kernel /boot/xen.gz vga=mode-0x317
    module /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27.15-2-xen
    root=/dev/disk/by-id/cciss-3600508b1001
    04a395354493031570009-part2
    resume=/dev/disk/by-id/cciss-3600508b100104a39535449
    3031570009-part1 splash=silent
    crashkernel=256M-:128M@16M showopts
    module /boot/initrd-2.6.27.15-2-xen

    I'm happy again That was for an couple of hours, build back my own system and we have the same problem again and the solution doesn't work for my system. It worked on the setup with other mobo...we keep searching.

    For 99% we can say it's nog the hardware because the normal SLES 11.0 kernel boots okay into the GUI.

    I use an ATI HD4650 videocard, maybe de driver causing problems....
    Last edited by DutchPlayer; 11-06-2011 at 08:44 AM.

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    Got XEN working permanent now!

    After reading more forums about other peeps who had also GUI problems with SLES 11 or openSUSE 11 I decided to upgrade my SLES 11.0 to SLES 11 SP1.

    Maybe you think, dude why did you do that not in the first place, that's because my raid card drivers where not available for SLES 11 SP1. And because I'm a Linux noob I was not capable to compile new drivers for the newer kernel op SLES 11 SP1.

    Installed SLES 11 SP1 as a VM on my Windows 7 PC, played around with the raid card drivers and finally I was able to make the open source drivers work on SLES 11 SP1.

    So the problem is in SLES 11.0 probally a buggy XEN or maybe that version of XEN works beter with older graphic card or doesn't like ATI

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