Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 140572
error during read on /dev/hda
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:10:55 EST
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Description of problem:
Installing from ISO images; installation disk passes media check.
Box is Compaq Pressario 6000 w/ AMD 1800+ processor (utter vanilla
cheap Compaq box). System currently has RedHat 8.0 installed that
runs without any problems.
After selecting keyboard, installation hangs for about a minute, then
reports "Input/output error during read on /dev/hda".
After reboot, the boot rom self test fails (can't see hard disk).
This persists until cleared by cycling power.
The problem is reproducable.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Fedora Core 3 (IA32)
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot first installation disk
2. Pick mouse
3. Pick keyboard
Actual Results: Dialog box "Input/out error during read
on /dev/hda". Subsequence reboot fails in self test without a power
Expected Results: I presume Fedora would have installed itself...
do you still have RHL8 installed ? Can you try the following things ?
- output of fdisk -l /dev/hda (as root)
- try dd if=/dev/hda of=/dev/null and see if it completes without errors.
if you dont have rhl8 installed still, you can get to a tty by booting the
installer to the graphical stage, then hitting ctrl-alt-f2
Sorry for the delay -- I assumed I'd hear by email if you needed
RH8 is still installed. Here is the listing you requested:
[root@ernie jas]# /sbin/fdisk -l /dev/hda
Disk /dev/hda: 240 heads, 63 sectors, 5174 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 15120 * 512 bytes
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 * 1 14 105808+ 83 Linux
/dev/hda2 15 3622 27276480 83 Linux
/dev/hda3 3623 4941 9971640 83 Linux
/dev/hda4 4942 5174 1761480 f Win95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/hda5 4942 5010 521608+ 83 Linux
/dev/hda6 5011 5148 1043248+ 83 Linux
/dev/hda7 5149 5174 196528+ 82 Linux swap
[root@ernie jas]# dd if=/dev/hda of=/dev/null
78242976+0 records in
78242976+0 records out
No immediate ideas. Would need to know chipset and drive type to go further.
Can you attach lspci -vxx and hdparm -I /dev/hda (off RH8 is fine)
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'.