Problem

HP DL360 or DL380 will freeze on boot up after POST when Debian 5 (“Lenny”) has been installed

Cause

During the install process, Debian will request a firmware file for the onboard Broadcom NIC (bnx2-06-4.0.5.fw), either on a USB floppy or USB stick.

If the USB device is left connected to server for the remainder of the install process, Grub will be installed to the USB device, not to the master boot sector of the hard drive.  The server will not boot unless the USB device is connected to the server.

Solutions

1) Remove the USB device before the Grub installation begins

or

2) Run grub-install to the /dev/cciss/c0d0 device after install