Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 206221
SATA times out on boot
Last modified: 2013-07-02 22:29:55 EDT
Description of problem:
The bootstrapping process is getting delayed. After a minute the
system continues to boot normally. The delay happens after a message
"ata2: port is slow to respond, please be patient"
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Always, on this specific hardware (Dell SC430).
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install the kernel
2. Reboot and observe
Booting pauses for a long time.
Booting as usual.
This is not a fatal problem, but clearly is a regression.
Last working kernel is 2.6.17-1.2462.fc6.
Please see attached dmesgs.
Created attachment 136126 [details]
Good dmesg from old kernel
Created attachment 136127 [details]
Bad dmesg from the new kernel
This happens as well on 31 Linux classroom computers we have in our office.
Dell Dimension 4600s (15 systems)
Dell Dimension 4700s (16 systems)
These are 32bit system.
I tried FC6test3 and rawhide from Sept 20th.
This issue is also seen on Dell PWS 670 with kernel 2.6.18-1.2702.el5, the
controller is 00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801EB (ICH5) SATA
Controller (rev 02) I've attached dmesg_670.txt
Created attachment 138286 [details]
dmesg from Dell PWS670
I reproduced this problem on the stock kernel.org 2.6.18 kernel, so this does
not appear to be Fedora specific.
See also bug 215884 - apparently it's possible to use ahci instad of ata_piix
at least on some chipsets.
Fixed in 2.6.19-1.2906.fc7.
Will this be pushed out as errata for FC6?
Dax: Yes. However, it should be noted that the same timeout can happen for
several reasons. This is my bug, with the specific hardware (430). Also, it
is for a specific product line (Rawhide). So, (a) your bug may be different,
and (b) this bug number is not tracking commits to FC-6, so you won't be
notified just being on cc: here.