Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 166748
Kernel panic during install - spin_lock error
Last modified: 2015-01-04 17:21:36 EST
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Description of problem:
I receive a spin_lock error message and a kernel panic when installing FC4 on desktop.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Installer for FC4
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install FC4 (from FTP, HTTP or CD media) on desktop
2. Continue with install
Actual Results: The install fetches the netstg2.img file, throws an error, then locks.
Expected Results: The install should have continued.
Here is the exact error when doing a FTP install:
Running anaconda, the Fedora Core system installer - please wait...
Kernel panic - not syncing: drivers/ide/pci/piix.c:232: spin_lock(drivers/ide/ide.c:c03de668) alread locked by drivers/ide/ide-iops.c/1235. (Not tainted)
Then, the machine hangs and does not respond. I cannot get the NumLock light to toggle, it's locked so hard.
This is similar to bug 152377, but does not involve the same drivers.
I just began the FC3 installation and this issue does not exist in FC3.
There's not a lot we can do to fix panics at install time.
All I can suggest is to try booting with options like acpi=off, and see if that
fixes things, if not, your only hope to run fc4 is to install fc3, and then use
yum to upgrade to the latest fc4.
For fc5 we've added a boot option to workaround these panics btw, but that
doesn't help you for fc4.