Article ID: 000038349 Content Type: Compatibility Last Reviewed: 07/19/2021

How to install Red Hat 6.8/6.9 with a Intel® Server Board S2600WF boards?




There is a black screen after selecting the installation directory and the installation will not continue.


When installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux* 6.8 or 6.9 with the Intel® Server Board S2600WF family motherboards, there is an error when selecting the installation directory, the screen goes black and the installation will not proceed no matter what options are selected with the installation.


Red Hat Enterprise 6.8 and 6.9 are listed as compatible with basic installation based on our website:
Tested Operating Systems for Intel® Server Board S2600WF Family, Intel® Server System R1000WF/R2000WF Families

To proceed with the installation please use the following steps:

  1. Go to system BIOS of the motherboard with "F2", under the main menu go to Boot Maintenance Manager and then Advanced Boot Options and make sure the following options are selected:

    Boot mode = UEFI.
    Video BIOS = Legacy

  2. Save and restart and boot to installation media with "F6" or under Boot options under the BIOS. Red Hat will display a 3 second message before booting up to the installation, this needs to be canceled with any key.
  3. The new menu will have some instructions about editing the boot options of the installation, the letter "e" needs to be used to edit the boot parameters. Select Red Hat 6.8 or 6.9 and press "e".
  4. Select the line that includes the Kernel and press "e" again to edit it. Press the Space key and add the following parameters:

    nomodeset xdriver=vesa brokenmodules=ast

  5. Press Enter to go back to the previous menu and then the letter "b" to boot and proceed with the normal Red Hat installation without any black screens.

Extra steps:
If required, please Install AST2500 v1.03 drivers by running the auto-update.nsh file found in the Linux folder of the drivers.
Drivers can be found here: ASPEED DRM Linux* Driver
After installing drivers system will boot normally to OS.


Additional information

Incompatibility issues between Red Hat 6.8 and the Intel® Server Board S2600WF Family.
The newest kernels have moved the video mode setting into the kernel. So all the programming of the hardware, specific clock rates and registers on the video card happen in the kernel rather than in the driver when the server starts. This makes it possible to have high resolution boot screens and flicker free transitions from boot splash to login screen. Unfortunately, on some cards this does not work properly and you end up with a black screen. Adding the "nomodeset" parameter instructs the kernel to not load video drivers and use BIOS modes instead until is the driver is loaded.

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