AHA2842 and Debian 2.0 kernal problems

Rainer Clasen bj at ncc.cicely.de
Tue Sep 8 09:07:48 PDT 1998


Jerry E. McGoveran (jerry at certus.com):
> I'm having no luck at all installing the Debian 2.0 Linux distribution
> on my 486 PC.  The system is 100% SCSI.  I've removed all extra cards
> except for the serial/floppy controller and the video card so I don't
> believe there are any conflicts.  I've also disconnected all SCSI
> devices except the boot drive.

> I'm using the default boot floopy that comes with Debian 2.0 and using the
> boot param "linux aic7xxx=no_reset" as recommended for this card by the
> Debian help menus.

Try other versions of the aic7xxx driver (i.e. different kernels). Debian
ships with 2.0.34 (aic7xxx 5.0.14).

readme.txt on the rescue disk and a small section in install.{txt,html}
describe how to replace the kernel on the rescue disk.

Maybe the following from debian-user is interesting to you, too:

From: Peter S Galbraith <GalbraithP at dfo-mpo.gc.ca>
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 1998 10:04:03 -0400
X-Mailing-List: <debian-user at lists.debian.org> archive/latest/15865
Subject: Re: [Help] resc1440.bin (kernel) crash

Jimen Ching wrote:

> Hi all,
>       Please help me.  I accidentally hosed my linux upgrade and need to
> reinstall from scratch.  But when I tried to boot from the rescue disk,
> the kernel crashed on me.  I have an AHA-2842 SCSI controller.

You might want to try the boot disk mentionned below.

From: Matthias Klose <doko at cs.tu-berlin.de>
Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.hardware
Subject: AIC7890 (Ultra2) support for Debian/GNU Linux 2.0
Date: 28 Jul 1998 21:18:03 +0200
Organization: Technical University of Berlin, Germany
Message-ID: <783ebliy38.fsf at cs.tu-berlin.de>

I finally could install a Debian 2.0 Linux system on an ASUS P2B-DS
board (UltraWide disk). I rebuilt the Debian boot disks with support
for the 7890 chip. You can find them in

I haven't.  I used the Debian 2.0 boot disk, and changed the kernelon it
to one I used on bo.  That's another recourse for you.  It's at:
and, for ATAPI CDROM support:
if you have SCSI CDROM, grab:


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