Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 186272
Anaconda might hang when "sata_promise" is loaded
Last modified: 2013-07-02 22:28:53 EDT
Description of problem:
Installation of FC5 final is not possible, because nothing happens after
anaconda is started. The problem might be a problem with the sata_promise
module. GUI and text mode installation is affected.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable): FC5
How reproducible: Always, default graphic installation from a FC5 media
(CD/DVD). Hashs are ok.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot from FC5 installation media
2. Skip Media Check to continue installation
3. Anaconda starts
Computer starts the x-server with a black screen. Some seconds later the "cross"
mouse cursor appears and is movable. Nothing else happens anymore. Anaconda
process is working with 99% CPU. Using text modes results in the same problem,
but with a blue background. Switching to console is still possible - no freeze.
The installation process continues and shows up the greeter from FC5.
If booting the cd with "linux noprobe" and not loading any additional modules
the installation works like expected. As soon as the "sata_promise" driver is
loaded the issue happens. This driver is also probed by fedora core 5. FC4
installation cd seems to handle this problem and loads like expected. Also a
fedora core 4 system is running since half a year loading sata_promise without a
problem. So the problem might be a change on the "sata_promise" since FC5.
The system that was used:
Athlon XP 2700+
1,5 GB RAM
GeForce 6800 GT
MSI KT4 Ultra mainboard
Logitech MX 1000 USB (was replaced with an old PS/2 mouse)
VIA KT400 chipset
Promise 20376 controlls 2 SATA ports
PLEXTOR DVDR PX-708A
Unknown R/RW 4x4x32
2x Maxtor 6Y120L0 (IDE)
SAMSUNG SP1614C (SATA)
Maxtor 6B200M0 (SATA)
Further information will be provied when asked.
Created attachment 126488 [details]
Attached is the system log took from installation, when anaconda doesn't continue.
Same behaviour installing 64 bits FC5 version on:
Athlon 64 3200+
ATI X700 AGP
Asus KV8-Deluxe mainboard
Via K8T800 North Bridge, Via VT8237 South Bridge
SATA Promise 20378 controller
Further information also provided when asked.
Same behavior installing on different SATA controllers
Athlon 64 3200+
1GB Corsair XMS
ATI radeon 9800pro
Abit Kv8 max3, VIA K8T800 NB, VIA VT8237 SB
VIA onboard SATA controller (main drives)
Silicon Image 3114 SATA controller(secondary)
Is not exactly the same behaviour. In my case the 'linux nobprobe' does not
change anything. Same problem even when SATA drivers are not loaded. Probably
is not relevant but last line on anaconda.log warns about not finding floppy
disks (what is right as my machine has not any floppy).
(In reply to comment #2)
> Same behaviour installing 64 bits FC5 version on:
> Athlon 64 3200+
> 512MB RAM
> ATI X700 AGP
> Asus KV8-Deluxe mainboard
> Via K8T800 North Bridge, Via VT8237 South Bridge
> SATA Promise 20378 controller
> Further information also provided when asked.
'linux nodmraid' solves the problem!
I confirm this. Loading the installation with "linux nodmraid" makes it possible
to load sata_promise without having a black screen at the beginning of the
installation. Test installation was successfull and everything runs fine. Looks
like dmraid cause the problem.
Seems like this problem is still reproduceable for me in fc6test1.
I am a little bit confused, because I am not sure, if anybody is on this problem
and I am just doing some bug spamming here. But the problem does still exist on
fc6test3. I am willed to help giving more information that could help to
determinate the problem. However, I won't post any further reports, until
somebody asks me.
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.
Due to the large volume of inactive bugs in bugzilla, if this bug is
still in this state in two weeks time, it will be closed.
Should this bug still be relevant after this period, the reporter
can reopen the bug at any time. Any other users on the Cc: list
of this bug can request that the bug be reopened by adding a
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.
The problem does still exist in FC6 final. Like described in the first post the
installation hangs when anaconda tries to start. It looks like the X-Server is
loaded successfully and the xorg typical x-cross cursor is shown. However
nothing else shows up - even after hours. The system itself does respond on user
actions, but it looks like anaconda is freezed.
I am not sure how to replace a kernel during the installation process. Please
point me to a small instruction. However, I guess that "2.6.18-1.2798.fc6" is
even newer and the problem does still exist. Installation does work fine, when
using "linux nodmraid" as boot arguments.
Same problem here with FC6.
I was able to resolve it by removing all but one SATA drive (I have Asus
K8L-Deluxe with via and promise sata controllers).
However, even after successful installation, I was not able to mount any other
drive but /boot and / partition.
At the beginning I was getting device already mounted or busy error, and with
new update, I am getting device is not block device.
I just gave fc7test2 a try and it looks like I cannot reproduce this problem
anymore on the new version. Whatever it was, it might be fixed in fc7.
Fedora Core 6 is no longer maintained. Is this bug still present in Fedora 7 or
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