Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 117125
(SATA SIIMAGE IRQ?) Siimage SATA crashes box
Last modified: 2015-01-04 17:04:51 EST
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Description of problem:
I have an ASUS P4G8X motherboard which is using its Silicon Image
striped RAID array (2 drives of 250GB each). Both Fedora Core 1 and
Fedora Core 2 test1 crash when attempting to set the hostname upon
booting. Hitting "Show Details" on the grey boot up screen shows
nothing before the crash.
This never happened to me before on the same hardware until I made
use of the RAID functions on my Motherboard. Since then, Fedora won't
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Booting Fedore Core 2 test1
Actual Results: Kernal boots up, and the grey Fedora screen appears
with the PC picutre, and swirling dots indicating init working.
The screen then displays that it is "Setting hostname". Then the
swilring dots stop and the system crashes completely. Mouse is
Expected Results: The system should have completed initialising.
I suspect my RAID is causing the crash. Fedora Core 1 worked before I
installed a RAID. Since installing the RAID, neither Fedora 1 or
Fedora Core 2 test1 boots up.
Sorry, my motherboard is the P4G(X deluxe, which has the RAID built in
Re-tested and verified that it is the P4G8X-Deluxe built in SATA RAID
functions that are causing the crash. I unplugged my hard drives from
the Serial-ATA RAID plugs and rebooted Fedora Core 2 test1 and the
boot completed (although there were a few other bugs)
Assigning to the kernel, the problem lies there if the raid driver is
I tried playing with the acpi and apm during boot. Turning them both
off doesn't fix the problem.
What I did notice is that the linux kernel relegates the RAID to IRQ
9, but when I select the SMP kernel on my Hyper Threading P4, the
IRQs get set to 209 (!!). Interestingly, IRQ 9 totally crashes my
machine outright. IRQ 209 still crashes it and locks up the mouse,
but the grey init screen swirling dots keep moving.
I have not tampered with my motherboard's BIOS.... but it seems the
IRQ table the BIOS shows, displays that a lot of Serial and
Multimedia devices are spead over IRQ 9.
It seems that the Linux kernel is misappropriating IRQs on my
I loaded up Knoppix on this machine, and noticed that sound no longer
worked on it once RAID had been connected. So I'm lead to believe
that this issue may be IRQ related in the linux kernel.
Windows works no problems. It seems to relegate the RAID drives to
You may want to try "acpi=off"
any better with the 2.6.9 update ?
I went and tried FC3 and found that installation and booting works now without
any problems. I haven't tried accessing the drives under FC3 (they are NTFS
formatted anyway), but there are no crashes anymore.