Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 178236
Boot process hangs at hald step
Last modified: 2012-06-20 11:54:39 EDT
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Description of problem:
Trying to installing RHEL 4 32-bit on a brand new DELL 2850 Server
Install from CD works fine, gives a 2.6.9-5.ELsmp kernel after final reboot.
I then register the system in RHN and run up2date, etc which then downloads
c.a. 400 MB of updates for kernel, kernel-smp and kernel-utils streams.
After rebooting to use the new kernel, I get the normal boot sequence
with a 2.6.9-22-0.2.ELsmp kernel.
All goes fine until hald starts and then the system hangs.
Also a load of "crud" (scrunched up bitmaps / images) appears on the top line
of the console.
Either it's the hald process or the update has clobbered the
Xserver settings +/or graphics device driver.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.install RHEL 4 32 bit
3. run up2date
I'm having the exact same problem on a IBM x260 server after I do the up2date.
The bootup screen gets to Starting HAL daemon [OK], then the server freezes. I
can get the system to boot into single user mode fine.
I need a fix or workaround ASAP.
A quick workaround would be to boot into single user mode and turn off HAL in
the runlevel you are using. HAL is mostly used by desktop applications. I
would suggest going through your support reps as they can troubleshoot the exact
issue much faster than I can through bugzilla. It might not even be a HAL as
hal might be the last thing that was printed successfully to the screen.
Try a couple of things - reboot in run level 3 (no X) - if that boots fine with
HAL it is most likely an X driver problem.
Try rebooting with the haldaemon service turned off - if it still freezes it is
I've the same problem with the HAL-Daemon.
I use a PCI IDE/Raid Controller and if there is a hard disk connected, the
bootup process hang!
If no hard disk is on this controller or the HAL-Daemon is of during the
boot-process, all is ok.
Are there any solutions?
I had the same problem on a Dell 2850. The process hangs just before going into
X. Sometimes it would work after 3-5 reboots. The fix was to download the
Dells r7000_RH_A09.tar.gz file, which had updates for the XOrg-x11 and FreeX86.
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