Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 118882
Machine doesn't boot SMP Kernel after installation
Last modified: 2013-08-05 21:04:55 EDT
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Description of problem:
Installed a fresh Red Hat Enterprise 3.0 Workstation for AMD64 from CDs.
Installation seemed to be ok, but on the first reboot the machine
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install Red Hat Enterprise 3.0 Workstation for x86_64 from CD
2. Go through the normal reboot
Actual Results: Machine stops. The last lines that appear are:
"Initalizing RT netlink socket"
and after a while
"schedule_task(): keventd has not started"
At this point the machine is dead, not responding to keypressures any
Expected Results: Normal boot.
Machine is a Tyan-2885 based dual opteron workstation.
If I boot the non-SMP kernel it works, but not with the SMP kernel.
Same machine works fine with SuSE 9.0 for AMD64 or even Fedora Core 1
The Version information in the bug report is inaccurate. In fact it
was tested and is reproducable with kernel-smp-2.4.21-9.0.1.ELsmp from the
Update 1 ISO images.
Are you still seeing this bug with the latest kernel? I have not been
able to reproduce it so far on my 2885.
I could reproduce the problem any time on my system. Unfortunately my
system is now at Red Hat Germany for analyzing the problem. You should
contact your german colleauge Lars Herrmann for details about their
Created attachment 99812 [details]
Capture of kernel boot messages until crash
Tried out the RH EL 3.0 WS Update 2 beta now. The problem is now that the
kernel panics. See attached capture of kernel messages.
This latest manifestation is a duplicate of Bug 119009, for which
there is a fix in the most recent respin of the U2 kernel (2.4.21-15.EL).
Until then, the workaround is to do the install with "maxcpus=1". Try
that and let me know how the system comes up once you've installed it.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 119009 ***
Yes, I can install with "maxcpus=1". Looks fine now. My only worry is
about the fact that I wasn't able to locate kernel 2.4.21-15.EL on
RHN, so I installed 2.4.21-14.ELsmp instead. :-)
We intend to release the official U2 kernel (2.4.21-15.EL) with the
rest of RHEL 3 on Monday of next week. Please try getting it from
the normal RHN channel on Tuesday. (The beta channel only has -14.EL.)
An errata has been issued which should help the problem described in this bug report.
This report is therefore being closed with a resolution of ERRATA. For more information
on the solution and/or where to find the updated files, please follow the link below. You may reopen
this bug report if the solution does not work for you.