Bug 175767 - Installer appears to hang when loading mptbase module
Installer appears to hang when loading mptbase module
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3
Classification: Red Hat
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Brian Maly
Brian Brock
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Blocks: 168426
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Reported: 2005-12-14 15:12 EST by Jeff Burke
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:07 EST (History)
6 users (show)

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Fixed In Version: RHSA-2006-0144
Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2006-03-15 11:56:51 EST
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Sceen shot of the problem. (94.64 KB, image/png)
2005-12-14 15:14 EST, Jeff Burke
no flags Details
.8 agp patch (4.30 KB, patch)
2005-12-19 16:43 EST, Tom Coughlan
no flags Details | Diff

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Description Jeff Burke 2005-12-14 15:12:03 EST
From Bugzilla Helper:
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Description of problem:
When installing the SCSI driver mptbase the system looks like it is hung.
Using Alt+LeftArrowKey I get to the virtual terminal. There I see the system scrolling messages.

Fusion MPT base driver
Copyright (c) 1999-2005 LSI Logic
mptbase: Initiating ioc0 bringup
mptbase: ioc0: WARNING - Unexpected doorbell active!
mptbase: ioc0: ERROR - Doorbell ACK timeout (count=499), InitStatus=ffffffff!
mptbase: ioc0: WARNING - ResetHistory bit failed to clear!
mptbase: ioc0: ERROR - Diagnostic reset FAILED (ffffffffh)
mptbase: ioc0: NOT READY WARNING!
mptbase: WARNING - ioc0 did not initialize properly! (-1)

It goes through the same as above for ioc1, ioc2, ...

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Using the HP viper xw9300 hardware platform 
2. Install RHEL3-U7-re1209.1 base distro that uses 2.4.21-38.EL Kernel


Actual Results:  System looks to be in a hung state while trying to load the mptbase driver.
If you wait long enough (15 -20 min) the system will continue. But it failes to load the SCSI mptbase driver.

Expected Results:  RHEL-3 U6 installs this module and installs correctly.

Additional info:
Comment 1 Jeff Burke 2005-12-14 15:14:07 EST
Created attachment 122246 [details]
Sceen shot of the problem.
Comment 3 Peter Jones 2005-12-15 16:57:44 EST
Just FYI:

x86_64 kernel in viper with onboard MPT card -- works
i386 kernel in viper with onboard MPT card -- fails
i386 kernel in viper with add-on MPT card -- fails
x86_64 kernel on non-HP (non-nVidia chipset) with add-on MPT card -- works
i386 kernel on non-HP (non-nVidia chipset) with add-on MPT card -- works

So it appears to be limited to MPT cards on the Viper when running the i386 kernel.
Comment 4 Tom Coughlan 2005-12-16 12:20:25 EST
The removal of linux-2.4.21-fusion-backup-20511.patch should not have any
effect. That is the old "backup" driver. It has a different name and is not
loaded by default. I confirmed that it is not being loaded on the console log of
a failing and a passing machine. Both are loading the current driver (which has
not changed in U7, BTW). 

I am doing a kernel rebuild on beehive now.

Comment 8 Tom Coughlan 2005-12-19 16:43:20 EST
Created attachment 122425 [details]
.8 agp patch 

I went back through the 2.4.21-37.* kernels until I found the first one that

kernel-2.4.21-37.7.EL.i686.rpm - works
kernel-2.4.21-37.8.EL.i686.rpm - fails

The patch in .8 that seems to have caused the problem is:

* Wed Nov  2 2005 Ernie Petrides <petrides@redhat.com> kernel-2.4.21-37.8.EL
- add detection of PCI peer bridges on x86 for AGP tunnels (Brian Maly)

When I remove this patch from .8, it boots on this box. 

Note that, according to Ernie's patch tracking file, some additional hunks were
added to this patch in -37.9.EL to fix pci-pc.c build warnings. These do not
appear to be relevant, since the failure first occurs in -37.8, and persists in
-37.9 and -38.	

The exact patch that I backed out to get the system to boot is attached.
Comment 10 Ernie Petrides 2006-01-20 18:43:08 EST
A fix for this problem has just been committed to the RHEL3 U7
patch pool this evening (in kernel version 2.4.21-39.EL).
Comment 12 Ernie Petrides 2006-02-01 18:12:29 EST
*** Bug 179168 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 14 Red Hat Bugzilla 2006-03-15 11:56:51 EST
An advisory has been issued which should help the problem
described in this bug report. This report is therefore being
closed with a resolution of ERRATA. For more information
on the solution and/or where to find the updated files,
please follow the link below. You may reopen this bug report
if the solution does not work for you.


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