Bug 175240 - Installer hangs at random times on x86_64 only
Installer hangs at random times on x86_64 only
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
Classification: Red Hat
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
x86_64 Linux
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Assigned To: John W. Linville
Brian Brock
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Reported: 2005-12-07 18:03 EST by Jeff Burke
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:07 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2006-03-31 11:42:55 EST
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Console output of boot kernel during installation also lspci and lspci -n (11.98 KB, text/plain)
2005-12-07 18:04 EST, Jeff Burke
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Description Jeff Burke 2005-12-07 18:03:26 EST
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Description of problem:
   As it stands right now. x86_64 fails it hangs during the full installation.

   I can install x86 RHEL4 U3 on the system.

   It doesn't matter if I do a X based install or a text base install. The
system will hang while either formatting the drive or while installing the

   I have also run memtest. It worked.

   I have spoken to John Linville. He believed that a potential fix was added to 
2.6.9-22.25.EL: linux-2.6.9-x8664-32-bit-hang.patch. That did not solve the issue.

   I have tested with the beta kernel 2.6.9-24.EL. The system still hung on a
full install. Before the system hung I was able to goto a differnet terminal and
echo lspci and lspci -n to the console. I will attach a log file to the BZ. 

   I have tried both PXE install and CD installations.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Try to do a "everything" install on a HT-2000 system.


Actual Results:  Ssytem will hang at randomw times during the install. I have seen it hang while formatting, Also during installing packages. No specific package it changes every time I try.

I have also tried changing from using IDE to SATA as a installation drive.

Expected Results:  We should install properly.

Additional info:
Comment 1 Jeff Burke 2005-12-07 18:04:59 EST
Created attachment 122010 [details]
Console output of boot kernel during installation also lspci and lspci -n
Comment 3 John W. Linville 2005-12-09 09:24:34 EST
I have back-ported the latest serverworks driver from upstream in the test 
kernels here: 
If you can get at least a minimal installation, then perhaps you can try 
running these kernels for some time.  Adding-in some disk stress testing would 
probably be good too (presuming it makes it that far). 
Comment 5 Jeff Burke 2006-03-31 11:42:55 EST
After updating the bios the install work as expected. It was not a kernel bug.

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