misc/164457: Can't install FreeBSD 9.0 (amd64) on HP Blade (ProLiant BL465c G1 )

Ewald Jenisch a at jenisch.at
Tue Jan 24 21:00:28 UTC 2012

>Number:         164457
>Category:       misc
>Synopsis:       Can't install FreeBSD 9.0 (amd64) on HP Blade (ProLiant BL465c G1 )
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       low
>Responsible:    freebsd-bugs
>State:          open
>Class:          sw-bug
>Submitter-Id:   current-users
>Arrival-Date:   Tue Jan 24 21:00:27 UTC 2012
>Originator:     Ewald Jenisch
>Release:        9.0 (amd64)
N/A - no installation of FreeBSD possible
Installation of FreeBSD9 on a HP Blade (ProLiant BL465c G1) is not possible.
Upon booting from the installation medium (be it "disc1" or "dvd") is always ends up with the system completely freezing / panicking

To be exact, the CD boots up to the point where it says "usbus3: 480Mbps High Speed USB v2.0" then freezing and/or panicking.

I've tried the following things:

o) boot from CD with default settings -> freeze
o) boot from CD with ACPI off -> kernel panic
o) boot from CD "safe mode" -> kernel panic
o) boot from CD verbose mode -> freeze

Interesting to see that "verbose" doesn't reveal any additional details and booting either safe mode or with ACPI turned off, you end up with a kernel panic.

Here's what additional things I tried:

o) upgrading the Blade BIOS to the latest available release being
ProLiant BL465c G1  
System ROM:  A13  05/02/2011; backup system ROM: 02/26/2007  
iLO 2 Firmware Version:  1.35   07/16/2007  

No change - freeze or panic.

o) Full hardware check using the HP diagnostic tools - no problem here.

o) Downloading the .ISO again and burning a new CD - same result.

o) Installing via iLO (remote management console) vs. installing from real CD - same result

For your reference I did some screenshots that I made available on the WEB:





Is 100% reproducible (see above)



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