Tuesday, January 31, 2012

CentOS 6.2 Installation issue with Dell Precision Workstation T7500

Attempting to kickstart a new Dell Precision Workstation T7500 with an nVidia Quadro 2000 with the CentOS6.2 DVD media resulted in a kernel panic. All signs pointed to the community built nouveau module "nouveau_probe_i2c_addr panic"

I'm not so worried about the nouveau module working, since the kickstart process installs the official nVidia binary release.

To work around the issue and allow the system to boot fully into the installer, simply add "rblacklist=nouveau" to the argument list:

> vmlinuz initrd=initrd.img ks=http://srv1/ks/wks-el6.cfg rdblacklist=nouveau reboot=pci

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