Bug 102990 - (ACPI) installer hangs on nForce 2 board
(ACPI) installer hangs on nForce 2 board
Status: CLOSED CURRENTRELEASE
Product: Red Hat Linux Beta
Classification: Retired
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
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athlon Linux
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Assigned To: Arjan van de Ven
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Reported: 2003-08-24 09:36 EDT by Mikel Ward
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:57 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-03-24 18:56:00 EST
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Description Mikel Ward 2003-08-24 09:36:21 EDT
Description of problem:
When attempting to install Red Hat Linux 9.0.93 (Severn) from CD-ROM
on my ASUS A7N8X Deluxe (nForce 2 chipset) mainboard, the installer
displays some normal kernel messages, changes to a text framebuffer
mode, displays some more messages, then appears to hang at
"Running /sbin/loader..." or similar.  This occurs whether using the
default graphical mode or the text mode (having specified linux text
at the prompt).
Comment 1 Mikel Ward 2003-08-24 10:47:00 EDT
I just tried the Red Hat Linux 9 (Shrike) installer.  It also hung
when using the default graphical mode, however I got past the media
check page and to the main installer menu when using the text mode
(I then aborted as I didn't actually want to install Shrike).
Comment 2 Jeremy Katz 2003-08-24 17:05:57 EDT
Does it work if you boot with 'linux acpi=off'?
Comment 3 Mikel Ward 2003-08-26 09:24:50 EDT
Yes, the installer reaches the media check screen if I disable ACPI. 
After this, the text mode appears to work fully, while the graphical mode 
hangs again after the media check. 
 
Comment 4 Michael Fulbright 2003-09-15 17:53:09 EDT
How far after the media check does the graphical install get? What is the last
output, for example?
Comment 5 Mikel Ward 2003-09-16 09:53:33 EDT
The last message I see is:
Waiting for start X server to start... log located in /tmp/X.log

Then the screen goes into suspend mode.

Further investigation suggests that XFree86's VESA driver does not
work with my video card, a GeForce FX 5200.  I will file a separate
bug for this.

In the text mode, the installer also does not correctly detect the
size of my SATA hard drive.  I will file a separate bug for this,
too.
Comment 6 Mikel Ward 2003-09-16 10:35:05 EDT
Adding (ACPI) to the summary as other ACPI related bugs have this.
Comment 7 Mikel Ward 2003-09-16 22:11:35 EDT
Created bug 104498 to deal with the X issues.  This one's about needing
acpi=off :-).
Comment 8 Len Brown 2004-03-24 17:31:44 EST
Michael,
Any chance you can report if Fedora Core 2-test1 installer
is able to work w/o acpi=off on your nforce2 box?
Also, is "pci=noacpi" sufficient, or is "acpi=off" required?

thanks,
-Len

Comment 9 Mikel Ward 2004-03-24 18:56:00 EST
Fedora Core 1 final worked fine.  Presume the problem is fixed.

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