[CentOS] Install Centos 6 x86_64 on Dell PowerEdge 2970 and a SSD (hardware probing issues)

Sun Aug 31 19:52:07 UTC 2014
Jason Pyeron <jpyeron at pdinc.us>

I have a fleet of 2970s and we are upgrading the hardrives on the motherboard SATA ports (A/B not the PERC backplane) when a "detecting hardware" is performed the system crashes, reboots and gives an E1422 error code (useless video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhyMeUHJar4).

We narrowed it down to a motherboard BIOS issue, if we remove the SSD or add noprobe to the kernel the installer does not crash. 

But when specifing "noprobe" it does not appear to have the loopback driver (and likely many more).

ERROR: failed to mount loopback device /dev/loop0 on /mnt/runtime as /tmp/install.img: (null)
INFO: mounting stage2 failed

Next steps, I already lost my vacation to this, I hope to keep my sanity:

Load drivers from kernel boot line?
Blacklist drivers on the kernel boot line?
Serial cable logging of boot?


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