Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 116412
hwclock hangs during install
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:10:37 EST
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Description of problem:
During install, no matter whether text mode or graphical, interactive
or kickstart, at the "setuptime" stage, hwclock runs and... hangs.
Killing hwclock from tty1 allows the installation to proceed.
Occurs on CD boot, PXE boot, local install and net install.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install FC1
2. Wait forever :-)
Actual Results: Installer waits forever for hwclock to return
(hwclock --systohc -w)
Expected Results: clock should be set and install should proceed
Motherboard: ASUS CUV4X
Either an hwclock or a kernel bug...
Since the kernel has changed to a new major version since this report,
I think it would be worthwhile to try FC2 on the system and see if
It sounds hardware-dependant, so I don't know how helpful I can be in
debugging the problem. If you can attach gdb to hwclock and find out
what it's up to, we can work together on tracking down the cause of
1) it's definitely hardware dependant, as other Linux users (not just
RH or FC) have reported similar problems on other ASUS motherboards
from the same generation and chipset.
2) I am scheduled to install FC2 on one of the affected systems in the
near future already.
3) The simple workaround: --directisa
(which implies the bug lives in the kernel's RTC driver, maybe?)
FC2 works fine. Grepping usenet indicates most people with this
generation of ASUS motherboard are experiencing the same thing - 2.6