Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 123530
Install hangs on /sbin/loader when installing on a Dell Inspiron 3200 Laptop
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:10:42 EST
From Bugzilla Helper:
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.6)
Description of problem:
When running the install program on a Dell Inspiron 3200 laptop, it
gets to the point where it says "running /sbin/loader". It seems the
hang, then the CD starts spining and does not stop and nothing
happens. This laptop was able to install FC1 before.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot laptop with FC2 CD 1
2. Select either graphical or text install
3. CD spins up at /sbin/loader and continues to spin until hard reset
Actual Results: The laptop stalls at the /sbin/loader line, the CD
continues to spin, and nothing happens. Laptop must be reset.
Expected Results: Typical graphical installer
This laptop has a PII 266MHz CPU, 96MB of RAM, and a 6GB hard drive.
Does booting with 'linux nousb' help?
*** Bug 112742 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Bad dup, sorry.
Closing due to inactivity. Please reopen if you have further information to add
to this bug report.
Can you re-open this bug. I'm having the very same problem on
similar hardware. The problem that I'm seeing (using ALT-F4) is that
it fails to mount the CD-ROM drive. The error message indicates that
the IRQ is lost. It loops this way infinitely.
My laptop is a Dell Inspiron 3000
200MHz CPU, 144 MB RAM, 3.2GB HD, IDE CD-ROM
I noticed in the system messages that it looks to load the IDE-CDROM
module but FAILS to find it.
I have same problem on Dell Inspiron 3200. Please reopen. I have
tried noprobe, nofb, nopcmcia, nousb, mem=144M (yes thats how much mem
I have) , and text.
Spent a lot of time looking at this today and have a solution.
Machine is an old Dell Latitude CP P233 MMX (for a firewall project),
latest Dell BIOS A16
Install of RH9 works fine, Fedora FC3 hangs on sbin/loader as
detailed above. When problem exists, tty3 (or 4?) shows "dma
interrupt recovery" and "lost interrupt" messages on /dev/hdc which
is the CDROM (a Toshiba XM1902B)
Install will work if you install with "linux ide=nodma"
After the install completes you can change the /etc/grub.conf to take
out the ide=nodma and add a hdparm -d0 /dev/hdc to /etc/rc.local so
that the CDROM does not use DMA but the hard disk does (for speed on
Suggestion : If the installer starts getting lost interrupts, why
can't it revert from DMA mode to PIO mode, that way it won't crash.
Dont forget that many ex-Windows PC's had problems with DMA support
on IDE too which is why most Win installs didn't use DMA mode unless
you forced it.