Bug 12232 - Boot installer fails with signal 4
Boot installer fails with signal 4
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: installer (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Brock Organ
Brock Organ
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Reported: 2000-06-13 20:42 EDT by John Saxer
Modified: 2005-10-31 17:00 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-06-19 15:20:33 EDT
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Description John Saxer 2000-06-13 20:42:05 EDT
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 10:32:22 EDT
Do any of our later releases work better?
Comment 2 John Saxer 2000-06-19 15:20:32 EDT
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 15:01:58 EDT
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Comment 4 IBM Bug Proxy 2004-04-30 15:03:10 EDT
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