Installer Compatibility Table

This table is a community maintained matrix of DebianInstaller builds and their compatibility with various HP ?ProLiant systems. This page does not infer official support from HP. Information on official HP support offerings for Debian can be found on Additional list of links and information at Debian Proliant how to Etch 070907 (PDF). There is a HP support documentation about Debian GNU / Linux 5.0 Lenny installation on Proliant servers here. You may need firmware blobs found at here and here and instructions found at installation manual chapter 6.4.







DL360 G5

SAS Hotplug

5.0r0 amd64

Worked fine, needs bnx2 firmware

DL365 G5

Smart Array E200i SAS

5.0.2 'i386' and 'amd64'

Worked fine, needs bnx2 firmware


BL20p G3

RC1 netboot/i386


BL25p G1

BL35p G1

BL40p G1

BL45p G1

BL460c G1

RC1 netboot/amd64



BL465c G1

BL480c G1

BL485c G1

DL140 G3

SATA Hot Plug

2.6.18-based daily

Works 99% perfectly with 2007.01.16 - PS2 is not detected but everything else works (including USB) so this isn't a big issue. Test machine has ?SmartArray E200 RAID controller

DL140 G3

SAS Hot Plug

2.6.18-based daily

PS2 is not detected but everything else works (including USB) so this isn't a big issue (but cannot use KVM). Test machine has LSI SAS RAID controller.

DL145 G1


Etch Beta 3 netboot/amd64


DL145 G3


4.0r0 netinst CD


DL320 G4


20070208 daily build



DL360 G5

Etch Beta 3 netinst/amd64


Etch Beta 3 issues fixed in daily builds

DL360 G5


4.0r0 netinst CD

DL365 G1



Installed from an Ubuntu CD. Had to manually install the HP Array Configuration Utility CLI for Linux from HP's website, and its needed librairy, to configure the disk arrays, which were perfectly detected, but was unable to install Grub, had to go for lilo.

DL380 G1


Etch Beta 3 netinst/i386

Unable to get access Integrated Smart Array RAID volume. Probably the same problem seen here for fedora and in debian in bug #380272. Works fine with Sarge netinst.

DL380 G4


Etch Beta 3 netinst/i386


DL380 G5



Worked. It's possible to install HP official software hpacucli, hpadu, hpasm, cmanic and cpqacuxe officialy supported only for 3.1 Sarge. Don't work for me hprsm, hpsmh. Also possible to install the opensource array monitoring tool cpqarrayd and array-info.

DL385 G2

amd64 daily (2006.11.30)



DL580 G4


DL585 G1


DL585 G2

RC1 netboot/amd64



ML110 G3


etch rc1/i386

Used software RAID, default intallation worked just fine. However, "vga=791" must be appended to kernel line, otherwise no consoles will be spawn.


Debian Etch 4.0


Broadcom network card no longer supported by new 'free' Tigon3 drivers.




ML110 G4



Didn't work with lvm root and LILO, using cciss driver with hardware RAID1


worked fine.



No key input is avaiable after showing 1st dialog on VGA console. However install with serial (console=ttyS0 option) was success. It also works with an USB keyboard.

Debian Etch 4.0

Worked. Kernel 2.6.18-4-686. Sotware RAID during install on /, /home and swap. Network card supported natively. VESA driver only for xorg.

ML150 G3


amd64 (2007.09.14)

Worked with hardware RAID1.

ML310 G2


Debian Etch 4.0


ML310 G3

+smartarray 641

etch rc1/i386


Onboard SATA

20070208 daily


ML310 G5


Debian Etch 4.0

worked. Integrated RAID Controler is ?SataRaid and at this time HP does not provide software RAID drivers. You must use SoftwareRAID.

ML320 G4

ML330 G3

SCSI/SmartArray 641


default installation worked just fine (used GRUB and cciss for hardware RAID-1)

ML350 G5

SAS/HP Smart array E200i



ML370 G1


Worked, use Alien to install HPASM

ML370 G3


netinst RC2 20070317


Worked, besides some general D-I issues that have nothing to do with the hardware

ML370 G5

ML570 G4

ML110 G5

etch40r3/amd64 (netinst)

Worked except network card. You can find working compiled tg3 kernel module and source code here.

Daily Builds

Daily builds are available from the d-i devel page

Known Issues

Need bnx2 firmware

Several HP ?ProLiant systems use the Broadcom ?NetXtreme II network controllers. This network controller is supported by the bnx2 driver, but requires external non-free firmware. The installer will detect the absence of this firmware and prompt you for it at install-time. To avoid this, you can modify your install image to include the needed firmware. See this page for a script that does this. More details are available in this HP-provided document.

Virtual Media Disconnect crashes kernel

Kernel crashes have been observed when ejecting Virtual CD-ROM media is ejected, even when the media is unmounted. The suggested workaround is to shutdown the OS before ejecting the Virtual CD-ROM. Observed on an iLO 2 system running kernel-image-2.6.8-12-amd64-generic (2.6.8-16sarge5hpde1).

Remote Serial Console hangs

The boot sequence has been observed to hang when Linux is configured to use the Remote Serial Console. Sending data to the serial console (e.g., pressing enter) will allow the console output to proceed. Observed on an iLO 2 system running kernel-image-2.6.8-12-amd64-generic (2.6.8-16sarge5hpde1).

Grub fails to install

Two different issues have been observed to cause this problem:

grub> root (hd0,0)
 Filesystem type is ext2fs, partition type 0x83
grub> setup (hd0)
 Checking if "/boot/grub/stage1" exists... no
 Checking if "/grub/stage1" exists... no
Error 15: File not found

debootstrap fails

There has been a report of a "debootstrap error" message while installing a ?ProLiant with a burned netinst ISO. This is believed to be caused by an issue with reading the burned media. Installing using iLO virtual media, or by netbooting the installer.

AMD system doesn't detect NIC/Smart Array controller or panics with "PCI-DMA: high address but no IOMMU"

Try passing pci=nommconf as described here.

Automatic partitioning detects disk, but fails to partition

The guided partitioning option "use entire disk" in the sarge installer may fail on very large logical disks (>1 TB). It is still possible to use the entire disk, but you will have to partition the disk manually instead of using the guided option. See #412624 for details.

Debian 4.0 ('etch') installs 486 kernel on AMD system, only sees 1 CPU

If you install etch for i386 using the CD 1 of the full CD set, it will be unable to find the AMD-optimized kernel and will fallback to installing the 486 kernel. This is because CD 1 does not include the k7 kernel, which is optimized for AMD systems and the 486 kernel does not provide SMP support. This is Debian Bug 417051.

For new installs, you can get around this by either installing with the netinst ISO (requires install-time access to a Debian mirror) or by using DVD 1, which contains the k7 kernel.

If you've already installed, you can install the k7 kernel simply by running:

You will need to reboot to begin running this kernel.

Debian 4.0 ('etch') does not support more than 16 LUNs on a Smart Array Controller

If you configure more than 16 logical drives on a Smart Array controller, it will only see the first 16. This is due to a hardcoded limit in the cciss driver.