Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 19050
Installation crashes during formatting of /.
Last modified: 2008-01-30 16:24:29 EST
After having gotten through the installation up to the point when the disk
is to be formatted, we get this pop-up window:
Formatting / filesystem...
Soon afterwards, the system crashes with the following text, shown between
the lines of "===="s, displayed on the screen. Details of our configuration
follow this text. (I have included some typical "\" continuation formatting
in order to avoid ugly line wrapping.) The problem appears to have occured
in the mke2fs process, but you'll see that in the text below.
Unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at \
virtual address 00000000
current->tss.cr3 = 1fe5f000, %cr3 = 1fe5f000
*pde = 00000000
eax: 0000003d ebx: d9e76e00 ecx: 00000000 edx: dfec8000
esi: dfed1740 edi: 00000286 epb: 00000009 esp: df427c48
ds: 0018 es: 0018 ss: 0018
Process mke2fs (pid: 38, process nr: 12, stackpage=df427000)
Stack: d9e76ef0 c067e0b8 d9e76e4c d9e0afb0 c0125729 dfed1740 d9e76e00 \
d9e76ef0 c012647b d9e76e00 d9e76e00 c067e0b8 000007fa 00000005 \
c011b432 c067e0b8 0000000f 00000006 c01202ca 00000006 00000005 \
Call Trace: [<c0125729>] [<c012647b>] [<c011b432>] [<c01202ca>] \
[<c01203e8>] [<c0120b8b>] [<c012637d>]
[<c01251d5>] [<c012537e>] [<c01280e7>] [<c01cc84e>] \
[<c016e135>] [<c0185073>] [<c0185684>] \
[<c013a5e0>] [<c018cb5b>] [<c018c8ef>] [<c018d255>] \
[<c018d154>] [<c01929e8>] [<c018d179>] \
[<c01947ab>] [<c01905a8>] [<c0194638>] [<c0123b3a>] \
Code: c7 05 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 eb 0f 56 53 68 9e 37 1d c0 e8
kmem_free: Bad obj addr (objp=d9ee2f70, name=buffer_head)
Our configuration is a bit exotic in one respect only: We have two Promise
Ultra100 PCI cards installed. Otherwise, the system is fairly generic:
1. CPU = 733 MHz Pentium III 133 FSB FC-PGA
2. Motherboard = Asus CUSL2
3. Memory = 512 MB
4. Hard Drive = Western Digital Caviar 14300 EIDE jumpered as master
on motherboard primary IDE port
5. CD = Hewlett-Packard CD-Writer Plus 8100i jumpered as slave
on motherboard primary IDE port
6. Floppy = none
7. Graphics = On-board Intel 815e VGA graphics connector
8. Monitor = AST SVGA-LR
9. Hard Drives = 2 Promise Technology Ultra100 ATA/100 cards with a total
of 3 Maxtor Diamond Max80 80 GB drives on each, two on
one channel, and one on the other. Note, though, that
only the motherboard sees these six drives, since their
drivers are not loaded by the Linux "install" kernel.
10. NIC = 3Com905TN, but we're not yet connected to the net.
Tony Kocurko - Memorial University of Newfoundland
This is typically an indication of bad hardware, but as always its never
definitively that. I suspect its a memory/cpu issue. I've reassigned it to
kernel as if its not hardware thats where the problem will lie.
Please delete this bug, or mark it as resolved.
The problem seems to be caused by my having had the CD drive as slave to the
hard drive master on a single IDE port. Once, I moved the CD to the master
role on the secondary IDE port, leaving the hard drive as master on the
primary IDE port, the problem went away.
There is a new problem, however, which I will investigate further before
submitting a report.