Bug 139283 - /sbin/loader Freezes then causes kernel panic
Summary: /sbin/loader Freezes then causes kernel panic
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: kernel
Version: 3
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Dave Jones
QA Contact:
Depends On:
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Reported: 2004-11-14 21:43 UTC by Daniel Brodie
Modified: 2015-01-04 22:12 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2005-10-03 01:22:27 UTC

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Description Daniel Brodie 2004-11-14 21:43:59 UTC
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Description of problem:
Not much information to give (sorry.)
When trying to install FC3 on older hardware (old pentium 2's)
everything starts up ok, but once it prints out that it is starting
/sbin/loader, the computer freezes, and after a number of seconds
(5-10) I get a kernel panic.

this has been reproduced on 2 VERY different boxes hardware-wise, but
they were both pentium 2 old.

If there is any other information I could give, please tell me.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
Try to install Fedora Core 3 normally, either in text only, nofb,
and/or noprobe mode.

Additional info:

Comment 1 Daniel Brodie 2004-11-21 20:50:14 UTC
I would like to add that using the kernel option
seemed to have fixed this,

Comment 2 Need Real Name 2004-12-03 23:58:36 UTC
The same thing is happening to me, but on brand new x86_64 hardware
(dual Opteron CPUs on an Iwill motherboard using a 3ware
RAID). /sbin/loader starts, after about 20 or 30 seconds
I see a 'loading aic7xxx driver' message, then after another 20
or 30 seconds I get a kernel panic that says something about
waiting on a traversal list.

Comment 3 Need Real Name 2004-12-04 00:07:51 UTC
I also tried Daniel's 'ide=nodma' trick, but it did not work for me.
I still get a

Kernel panic - not syncing: Waiting List traversal

message while the aic7xxx driver is trying to load during the
initial part of the installation.

Comment 4 Daniel Brodie 2004-12-07 10:11:10 UTC
Your problem is a different problem. Mine is because of a ide
configuration in FC. Yours is because of the aic7xxx driver problems.

Anyway, try setting the boot option to:
(try one and if that dosn't work  then try the second)

Comment 5 Need Real Name 2004-12-07 23:07:10 UTC
Thanks for the suggestions, Daniel.

Unfortunately, neither 'aic7xxx=no_reset' nor 'aic7xxx=no_probe'
made any difference. I am still dead in the water here.
Too bad there isn't any 'aic7xxx=nokernelpanic'. :-)

Comment 6 Dave Jones 2005-07-15 20:48:34 UTC
An update has been released for Fedora Core 3 (kernel-2.6.12-1.1372_FC3) which
may contain a fix for your problem.   Please update to this new kernel, and
report whether or not it fixes your problem.

If you have updated to Fedora Core 4 since this bug was opened, and the problem
still occurs with the latest updates for that release, please change the version
field of this bug to 'fc4'.

Thank you.

Comment 7 Dave Jones 2005-10-03 01:22:27 UTC
This bug has been automatically closed as part of a mass update.
It had been in NEEDINFO state since July 2005.
If this bug still exists in current errata kernels, please reopen this bug.

There are a large number of inactive bugs in the database, and this is the only
way to purge them.

Thank you.

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