Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 1266256
Fedora 22 Live image cannot boot with Intel Skylake i7-6500U CPU
Last modified: 2016-07-19 15:57:14 EDT
Description of problem:
Blank screen when booting Fedora 22 images on a Gigabyte motherboard with latest Intel's Skylake i7-6500U CPU @2.5 GHz
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Load above ISO images to a USB stick and boot with above hardware
Blank screen after boot image is selected
Full windows with Try out or installation to hard disk options.
Motherboard Manufacturer: GIGABYTE
Product name: MKLP7A1-B9
Socket Designator: U3E1
Family: Core i7
Version: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-6500U CPU @ 2.5GHz
I have a similar system, i6700K on a Gigabyte GA-Z170XP-SLI. I suggest that you try F23 Beta. The F22 installer uses a 4.0 kernel which doesn't support the NIC on the board. F23 uses a 4.2.x kernel which has much better support for Skylake. I also suggest that you update your BIOS, that was the first thing I did before doing any installs. I was able to install F22 and Scientific Linux 7.1 but both suffered from the unsupported Ethenet NIC, F23 is the best choice for Skylake systems.
I just tried booting with a couple of F23 images, Fedora-Live-Workstation-x86_64-23_Beta-1.iso and Fedora-Server-netinst-x86_64-23_Beta.iso with no better result.
I suspect the problem is with the Graphics driver rather than the ethernet driver as the Skylake i7-6500U is for mobile.
Have you updated your BIOS to the latest rev? The BIOS on my motherboard was F2 which was the first release, I updated mine to F5A, which was released Sept 15, before I did any installs. If the BIOS update doesn't fix it I suggest you play around with graphics settings in the BIOS.
One more question, what sized monitor are you using? I did my install using an old 1280x1024 monitor.
I modified grub to use this option to no avail.
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=" rhgb quiet i915.preliminary_hw_support=1"
Connecting to an older monitor did not help either. My BIOS date is 9/11/15.
I am also working with Gigabyte in the background
I hope that Fedora folks can spare sometime to provide some insight into this problem between Fedora and Skylake i7-6500U.
Have you tried any other distros? I'd try Ubuntu 15.10 (which is also a beta) just to see if it's a Fedora issue or a Linux issue with the 6500U. If all else fails do you have an old Nvidia card to use during the install, once installed I'd then do the updates and then see if it boots without the Nvidia card.
This is a newer motherboard with the Skylake 6500U CPU so older graphics card cannot connect to it at all. In any case, I turned off the quiet mode in the boot line and here are the last couple lines before the system hangs:
rtc-cmos 00:03: RTC can wake from S4
rtc-cmos 00:03: rtc core: registered rtc_cmos s rtc0
rtc-cmos 00:03: alarms up to one month, y3k, 242 bytes nvram, hpe irqs
device-mapper: uevent: version 1.0.3
device-mapper: ioctl: 4.30.0-ioctl (2014-12-22) initialised: firstname.lastname@example.org
Intel P-state driver initializing
inter_pstate HWP enabled
(In reply to Phu from comment #0)
> Description of problem:
> Blank screen when booting Fedora 22 images on a Gigabyte motherboard with
> latest Intel's Skylake i7-6500U CPU @2.5 GHz
I get same on Fedora 23 with i5 Ivy Bridge.
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