Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 12232
Boot installer fails with signal 4
Last modified: 2005-10-31 17:00:50 EST
After booting from floppy, and starting to load from CD, after answering
questions about keyboard, etc., the boot aborts with the message:
install exited abnormally -- received signal 4
It then kills active processes, unmount the filesystems /tmp/rhimage and
/proc, and halts
System is a Cyrix 6686GX 233 in a PC104 enclosure, with IDE HDD and CDROM
Do any of our later releases work better?
OK, I have solved it. I suggest that this get added in some way to a FAQ, or
other support database, if possible.
Here is what was happening: The CPU/System I was installing on is a small,
embedded type system, with a small power supply. When the CDROM reader starts to
spin up, there is a drain on the power, and this causes errors in the CPU, which
was interpreted as type or type 7 faults in the program running at the time.
Powering the CDROM reader seperately from the CPU solved this problem.
Hard to diagnose, since the CPU did not fail completely. I onl;y stumbled across
the answer when I hooked up a second system, and rather than re-wire the reader,
left the power connected to the first system, and just moved the data cables. It
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