Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 103562
(xircom_cb?) kernel crashes very early in install process
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:06:57 EST
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Description of problem:
When booting the RHEL B2 WS disc 1, as well as the boot.iso image from that
disc, the kernel loads and then crashes & hangs before completing any useful work:
This is a Dell Latitude CPiA400XT laptop. This machine has been known to run
every other flavor of "regular" Red Hat I've tried, from RH 7.2 through Severn,
plus the Developer's Edition of RHAS 2.1. I have not seen this before.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. burn a CD with WS disc1 contents
2. boot the CD on such a system.
3. press Enter to begin the installation process
4. see the system crash.
Actual Results: A system crash. The boot log will be attached to this bug.
Created attachment 94141 [details]
boot messages from crash
This was saved when running with a serial console, FWIW.
I got exactly the same error using a Dell Latitude CPx H450GT.
I found out that the machine in question WILL boot under some circumstances. I
believe the only difference is when I have removed the Xircom RealPort
10/100/modem PCMCIA card. I believe this uses the xircom_cb driver module.
I was able to install RHEL WS Beta2 without this Xircom card installed. When I
install the card into a running system, I get the same kernel crash and then the
Same for my Latop: Remove the Xircom, and it boots. Unfortunately a network
connection is essential to take advantage of the up2date service.
The Xircom driver is unsupported. Closing as WONTFIX.