Xen kernel doesn't find system root on aacraid provided disk

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Environment


SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 2

Situation

With SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 2, booting the
Xen kernel fails to find the system root device on aacraid provided
disk.

The boot log shows:

aacraid 0000:03:00.0: PCI->APIC IRQ transform: INT A -> IRQ 19
AACO: kernel driver panic'd: ffffffff
aacraid 0000:03:00.0: PCI INT A disabled


and the boot process ends with messages similar to:

Could not find /dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SServeRA_Drive_1_XXXXXXXX-part2.
Want me to fall back to /dev/disk/by-id/scsi-SServeRA_Drive_1_XXXXXXXX-part2?
(Y/n)


Where the device shown is an aacraid provided disk holding the root filesystem.

Resolution

A work around is to use the pci=nocrs boot parameter.

If this is occurring on certified hardware, please contact Novell support.

The hardware certification database can be found at https://www.suse.com/yessearch/

Cause

A bug in the BIOS is preventing the system from being able to properly
configure the aacraid adapter.

Using the pci=nocrs boot parameter avoids the issue by ignoring the PCI
host bridge window supplied by ACPI.

Disclaimer

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  • Document ID:7011923
  • Creation Date: 12-Mar-2013
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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