Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 134999
Stops booting at "Setting kernel parameters", does not start X
Last modified: 2015-01-04 17:10:27 EST
Description of problem:
HP d220m computer stops booting at the prompt "Setting kernel
parameters"; X does not load to start Red Hat Graphical Boot (rhgb)
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
kernel-2.6.8-1.598, but kernel-2.6.8-1.541 is NOT affected
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot computer
2. Screen displays "Setting kernel parameters" and blanks
Flashing cursor appears, X never starts, RHGB never starts
Machine boots as with kernel-2.6.8-1.541
Machine is HP d220m, 2.4GHz, 768MB RAM with HP/AmiBIOS 1.12 BIOS from
kernel: /vmlinuz-2.6.8-1.598 ro root=LABEL=/ vga=791 rhgb quiet
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp. 82845G/GL[Brookdale-G]/GE/PE DRAM
Controller/Host-Hub Interface (rev 03)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corp.
82845G/GL[Brookdale-G]/GE Chipset Integrated Graphics Device (rev 03)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB/DBL/DBM
(ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB/DBL/DBM
(ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB/DBL/DBM
(ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-M) USB2
EHCI Controller (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 82801 PCI Bridge (rev 82)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corp. 82801DB/DBL (ICH4/ICH4-L) LPC
Interface Bridge (rev 02)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82801DB (ICH4) IDE Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corp. 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) SMBus
Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB/DBL/DBM
(ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 02)
03:0a.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4401 100Base-T
That's where the current time is read from the hardware clock.
Same thing with kernel-2.6.8-1.603 from rawhide. On bootup I get:
irq 9: nobody cared! (screaming interrupt?)
irq 9: Please try booting with acpi=off and report a bug
Disabling IRQ #9
Red Hat nash version 4.1.14 starting
INIT: version 2.85 booting
Setting default font (latarcyrheb-sun16): [OK]
Welcome to Fedora Core
Pres 'I' to enter interactive startup.
Starting udev: [OK]
Initializing hardware... storage network audio done [OK]
Configuring kernel parameters: _
...and the underscore blinks there on TTY1.
The screen blanks and then goes to a "black" display with only the
cursor in the top left corner, and X does not start.
I have tried acpi=off on 2.6.8-1.603, but that only removes the first
5 lines above, and the kernel starts booting with "audit(...". Stops
in the same place too.
The last kernel that I can boot is 2.6.8-1.541. What else can I do to
I get this bug with both 18.104.22.168-1.541 and 22.214.171.124-1.603. But I didn't
install test3, I was using test2 but updated with up2date (some
packages) and with "yum update" the other packages. So, I would thing
it's not a kernel problem, as I could boot with both 541 and 603
before these updates.
Well, the system not really hangs, as I can cancel the process with
Ctrl+C, but then the filesystem is mounted readonly and therefore the
system won't boot correctly.
Well, and I just noticed my WinXP clock showed an hour later the last
time I booted windows and in the meantime I just tried once more to
boot Fedora. Strange... Maybe it's a clock problem.
I can't tell whether X would load, cause my system uses nvidia-drivers
and I had to load those via modprobe nvidia in rc.local and therefore
the moduls is loaded at the end of the booting process.
OK, kernel-2.6.8-1.607 from Rawhide did the trick! Booted normally
(without any intervention).
Will keep monitoring as new kernels are released and update this bug
report if I still have issues.
15 Nov 04
Having identical problems; this time with Fedora Core 3 release.
kernel is 2.6.9-1.667
Hardware is IBM Thinkpad 240.
System boots fine -- exactly the same hard drive -- on a Toshiba S501
1. The new rhgb release this weekend (20 Nov) fixed the problem.
2. A workaround is to intercept the GRUB splash screen (at least in
Fedore Core 3), edit the second (of three) lines of boot parameters --
delete the command to start rhgb (very last of the line). I had to do
this in order to bring a system up and download the fix (see 1. above).
Dan's got finger on the right thing. rhgb is trying to start the X
server at this point so you get the quichy GUI interface to the init
sequence (why that's necessary isn't entirely clear to me). When X
doesn't start, things hang. The new rhgb release clears this -- if X
doesn't start it goes on without.
In my case the reason X was hanging was that I was booting in a
different machine than the one I installed on -- different video
driver. And rhgb is trying to start X on the installed video driver
... before kudzu starts up and fixes the config.
is this one fixed now with the latest errata bits ?