Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 144367
FC3 Install Kernel Panics on Dell Precision 670n at ata_piix
Last modified: 2015-01-04 17:14:52 EST
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Description of problem:
I've got a Dell 670n that I want to install fc3/64 on but I get a
kernel panic when the installer loads the ata_piix kernel module. I
can somewhat continue after the panic but installation hangs soon
after. Unfortunately, there's too much garbage on the screen when the
panic occurs for me to give a very much info on it. If you want, I can
try to grab a digital photo of the install screen.
I can boot the current x86_64 boot.img in the devel tree and that
works fine but when I point it at the non-devel fc3/64 tree, it won't
install that. If I use the standard fc3/64 boot disk with noprobe, I
get no keyboard so I can't continue. I want to run fc3/64. What's the
best way to get a newer kernel in an installer?
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. try to install fc3/64 on this dell precision 670n
Actual Results: kernel panic hang, install eventually locks up
More background. When I tried using the standard FC3 x86_64 install
disks, the sata controller would core dump and the installation would
fail. (I knew it was just a kernel version problem since a rawhide
boot disk would work but I didn't want to run rawhide.)
When I used 'linux noprobe expert' I couldn't type because I had a usb
keyboard and mouse. I then added ps/2 stuff and using 'expert noprobe'
could then load the aic-79xx module but it wouldn't see my disk. After
trying to make a suitable boot disk using the latest kernel and
failing miserably, I ended up just installing a adaptec 2940uw to do
the install and after upgrading the kernel, moved back to the 79xx
which works perfectly.
Moral: if your mass storage controllers are too new for the install
media kernel, temporarily install older hardware...