[CentOS] boot process glitch due to missing 2nd disk

Tue Jul 20 20:26:19 UTC 2010
Robert Heller <heller at deepsoft.com>

At Tue, 20 Jul 2010 15:31:48 -0400 CentOS mailing list <centos at centos.org> wrote:

> Robert Heller wrote:
> > At Tue, 20 Jul 2010 08:56:16 -1000 CentOS mailing list <centos at centos.org>
> > wrote:
> >>
> >> I just installed centos on a Dell that used to have 2 internal disks,
> >> but I removed one just before the install. Now when I boot it, it stops
> and
> >> outputs a message complaining about the missing disk and I have to hit
> >> F1 to get it to continue booting.
> >>
> >> Is there some bios setting that is causing this? Obviously, I'd like it
> <snip>
> > Dell servers seem to be wonky about this sort of thing (older ones would
> > not boot without a keyboard installed, even if they were esentually
> > 'headless'). I am not sure how to deal with this.  It seems to be a
> > Dell-specific BIOS hack of some sort (and a *dumb* one at that).
> This is not a "Dell-specific BIOS hack". Dear child, ask your folks about
> PCs. I think it was only this decade that PCs would actually boot
> *without* a keyboard. EVERY PC EVER MADE before would not.

Almost *ALL* PCs *I've* ever dealt with had an 'Halt on no error' BIOS
option, going back well into the early '90s.  Yes, it would complain
that there was no keyboard, but would boot anyway.  The Dell 'server' I
dealt with could be set to 'Halt on no error' (I think), but would
still refuse to boot unless I keyboard was attached.

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