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pen

New Member
Hello
i am trying to erase my hard drive using the bootible disk but it keeps frezzing at a certan point
it tell me
"uncompressing Linux...ok,booting the kernel. Please wait"
and then nothing happens
am i doing some thing wrong?
 

dajhorn

Member
Start DBAN with "verbose" at the "boot:" prompt and report where it stops.
 

fjohnson

New Member
I've been having the same problem. I actually tried a couple other similar linux-based disk wipers and they also failed to start. The box is currently running RHEL3u4 and we have hundreds of them so I know it's not some strange "linux don't run here" situation.

I'm on a Dell PowerEdge 1850 with plenty of RAM. Starting with 'verbose' gave me:

IBM MCA SCSI: Version 4.0b
IBM MCA SCSI: No Microchannel-bus present --> Aborting.
o This machine does not have any IBM MCA-bus
o or the MCA-Kernel-support is not enabled!
PCI: Found IRQ 7 for device 02:05.0
PCI: Sharing IRQ 7 with 00:1d.2
PCI: Sharing IRQ 7 with 09:0d.0

And then perpetual hang.

We're returning a bunch of machines in the near future and I was hoping to be able to put DBAN in the grub.conf and wipe them all remotely with a simple reboot. I'd love aany help to get me past this block.
 

dajhorn

Member
The dban-1.0.6 release does not have a driver for the LSI MPT device in the Dell PowerEdge 1850, but it should not hang. The Intel Xeons with EMT64 are a bit flakey, so if you have time, then upgrade the BIOS and try DBAN again.

The current beta for dban-1.0.7, which has not been posted, has the MPT driver.
 
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