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Description of problem:
If I boot up my Athlon64X2 box with option nosmp, to try to avoid the instability problems I'm facing (see bug 180063 and bug 181310), the kernel apparently freezes trying to probe sata1. That's the first SATA port of the sata_via controller, that has nothing connected to it; the two disks are connected to the sata_promise controller. There's a DVDRW connected as master of the secondary PATA port, but I don't know which controller that is.
If I boot with maxcpus=1, everything works. If I try without any of these options, heavy activity breaks disk and/or networking.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Boot up with nosmp
Actual Results: It freezes when probing for disks
Expected Results: Same as when booting without this option
I ran into a similar issue on RHEL4. It turns out that certain platforms will
not boot with "nosmp" since that option disables the APIC as well. Using
"maxcpus=1" instead ensures that one boots with only one CPU but it leaves the
APIC alone. Some platforms need this.
Perhaps we should KB this?
A new kernel update has been released (Version: 2.6.18-1.2200.fc5)
based upon a new upstream kernel release.
Please retest against this new kernel, as a large number of patches
go into each upstream release, possibly including changes that
may address this problem.
This bug has been placed in NEEDINFO state.
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still in this state in two weeks time, it will be closed.
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comment to the bug.
In the last few updates, some users upgrading from FC4->FC5
have reported that installing a kernel update has left their
systems unbootable. If you have been affected by this problem
please check you only have one version of device-mapper & lvm2
installed. See bug 207474 for further details.
If this bug is a problem preventing you from installing the
release this version is filed against, please see bug 169613.
If this bug has been fixed, but you are now experiencing a different
problem, please file a separate bug for the new problem.
Does this problem still occur with current (2.6.21) kernels if you boot with
nosmp? You could probably test it with a recent Live image from here: