Bug 12232 - Boot installer fails with signal 4
Summary: Boot installer fails with signal 4
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: installer
Version: 6.0
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Brock Organ
QA Contact: Brock Organ
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2000-06-14 00:42 UTC by John Saxer
Modified: 2005-10-31 22:00 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Last Closed: 2000-06-19 19:20:33 UTC

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Description John Saxer 2000-06-14 00:42:05 UTC
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

Comment 1 Michael Fulbright 2000-06-14 14:32:22 UTC
Do any of our later releases work better?

Comment 2 John Saxer 2000-06-19 19:20:32 UTC
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

Comment 3 IBM Bug Proxy 2004-04-30 19:01:58 UTC
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Comment 4 IBM Bug Proxy 2004-04-30 19:03:10 UTC
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