Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 102990
(ACPI) installer hangs on nForce 2 board
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:57:06 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).
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).
Does it work if you boot with 'linux acpi=off'?
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.
How far after the media check does the graphical install get? What is the last
output, for example?
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,
Adding (ACPI) to the summary as other ACPI related bugs have this.
Created bug 104498 to deal with the X issues. This one's about needing
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?
Fedora Core 1 final worked fine. Presume the problem is fixed.