Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 219715
Hardware freezes on Dell Optiplex 320 while booting
Last modified: 2009-01-09 02:02:26 EST
Description of problem:
The machine, an Dell Optiplex 320, freezes while booting with grub. It seems to
happen while the kernel is being loaded and before the kernel is started. Our
guess is a bug in the BIOS that grub tickles. Booting with lilo works.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
The machine has the most recent version of the BIOS, 1.0.9.
The command "blocklist /vmlinuz-2.6.18-1.2798.fc6" from the grub command-line
also freezes the machine.
I have the same hardware, although I'm trying fc5 currently. Going to the grub
command line, I can execute "cat /grub/menu.lst" and get the contents of the
file displayed. (Of course, the menu is displayed on boot, too, so I expected
cat to work.) However, on a manual attempt to boot, the kernel command freezes
The Optiplex 320 has an ATI sb600 SATA controller, if that matters. I had to
supply all-generic-ide to the installer to get it to run, but it ran.
I'll post back here if my fc6 experience is different.
I see the bug on the same hardware (Dell Optiplex 320) with FC6 as well.
"Uncompressing xxxx" is the last message I see. No combination of command line
options that I tried (noprobe, noapic and so on) could fix it. Replacing the
grub bootloader with lilo makes the problem disappear. This is seen with fc6 +
all the updates installed allready in the installation phase: 2.6.20-1.2933.fc6
kernel is being booted.
I have this same machine. I am running RHEL 5 Workstation. I was able to get the
machine to install, passing pci=nomsi as a kernel option.
Everything installs fine, but the machine will not boot with its default boot
loader GRUB. I have to use a rescue disk to install LILO overwriteing GRUB.
I have since added a PCI SATA controller which allows the system to install
without using the pci=nomsi option. I still get errors with the GRUB booting the
There seems to be conflict with GRUB and the BIOS, as LILO works and GRUB does not.
Is this a issue that RedHat plans to address? Will they try and patch GRUB to
work on these machines?
Thanks for any feedback.
Has anyone tried passing 'edd=skipmbr' as a kernel option? Just curious...
I have just tried edd=skipmbr instead of pci=nomsi - and the kernel hangs just
after the detection of the USB keyboard. Kernel version is 2.6.18-1.8.el5. I
obviously booted with lilo - grub is nonfunctional in any form.
This bug still exists in Fedora 7. Its very hard to install on a new Optiplex
320. Installing Lilo presents its own issues because of DEVMAPPER-related
issues, and grub2 doesn't appear to fix it either.
Interesting revelation... When I add "vga=792" to grub.conf, and boot from the
CD and then choose "Boot from local disk" (which then loads grub from sda), the
system boots perfectly.
Does that help in addressing the issue?
Are you confident this is a Grub issue, not a Kernel one? Are any kernel guys in
CC? Could you please run dmidecode to find out what BIOS version do you have?
Are there any BIOS updates available for the machine? Did you try applying them?
I am pretty sure this is a Grub problem. It hangs before it prints the first
kernel message. It also hangs when doing a "blocklist" command after printing a
handful of blocks.
I last tried Grub with BIOS version 1.1.7. There is a more recent version
(1.1.10) that I haven't tried grub with.
I also tried lilo with the lba32 option, and grub with forcelba option, thinking
it might be a problem with LBA32 support but lilo worked regardless and grub hung.
I upgraded the BIOS to version 1.1.10 and still has the Grub hang problem.
Nothing has changed on Fedora 8 - in fact, it's gotten worse.
I could use Fedora 7 x86_64 without any special boot parameters but of course,
grub never worked but lilo has indeed worked. All of my mentions here refer only
to x86_64 as I gave up trying to run i386 on these systems a while back.
Upgraded to Fedora 8 and simply cannot even boot from Rescue disc - it hangs
with an error...
PCI: MSI quirk detected. MSI deactivated
pci_hotplug: PCI Hot Plug PCI Core version: 0.5
ACPI Exception (processor_core-0819): AE_NOT_FOUND, Processor Device is not
*** last line repeats 2 more times ***
Real Time Clock Driver v1.12ac
Non-volatile memory driver v1.2
Linux apgart interface v0.102
Serial: 8250/16550 driver $Revision: 1.90 $ 4 ports, IRQ sharing enabled
and there it stops...never proceeds.
The only way I've been able to get Fedora 8 Linux Rescue CD or CD Image from
boot.iso to boot is to pass 'acpi=off'
I will attach dmidecode and lspci
Created attachment 256041 [details]
output of dmidecode on Dell Optiplex 320
Created attachment 256051 [details]
output of lspci -vv from Dell Optiplex 320
I'm gonna vent a bit here...
This isn't getting fixed. See bugzilla 219043
This all began on Fedora 5 (Fedora 6 for me) and continued on Fedora 7 and now
has gotten worse in Fedora 8
Grub has NEVER worked on these Dell Optiplexes...as far as I can tell, for
anyone ever. I am using Lilo-22.8
I could get i386 working only if I passed ridiculous kernel parameters such as
pci=nomsi all-generic-ide but until Fedora 8 (18.104.22.168-49.fc8) I didn't have to
sacrifice the unborn on x86_64. Now it requires both Lilo and apci=off
PLEASE - PLEASE - PLEASE do something
(In reply to comment #11)
> The only way I've been able to get Fedora 8 Linux Rescue CD or CD Image from
> boot.iso to boot is to pass 'acpi=off'
(In reply to comment #14)
> I could get i386 working only if I passed ridiculous kernel parameters such as
> pci=nomsi all-generic-ide but until Fedora 8 (22.214.171.124-49.fc8) I didn't have to
> sacrifice the unborn on x86_64. Now it requires both Lilo and apci=off
This is a kernel thing. Hopefully kernel people will be able to do more than us,
bug #379201 for the kernel part.
OK - primarily concentrating on grub issues then, I have lilo installed and I
can get it to boot - kernel params per kernel-tracking bugzilla are now
lilo works but I have to manually run lilo command after each kernel update
grub as has been widely reported never seems to work on these systems.
I have updated BIOS to latest - here is latest output of dmidecode...
# grub-install /dev/sda
Installation finished. No error reported.
This is the contents of the device map /boot/grub/device.map.
Check if this is correct or not. If any of the lines is incorrect,
fix it and re-run the script `grub-install'.
# this device map was generated by anaconda
# cat /boot/grub/grub.conf
# grub.conf generated by anaconda
title Fedora (126.96.36.199-49.fc8)
kernel /vmlinuz-188.8.131.52-49.fc8 ro root=LABEL=/1 pci=noacpi timesource=acpi_pm
This will never boot and I have to reinstall lilo again.
Is my process correct?
I recognize that the inability to boot on 2.6.23 kernel (Fedora 8) issue is
probably more likely to be solved by bugzilla 379201 in kernel-maint but...
grub still doesn't work on these systems - at least no one has reported success
with getting it to boot. Lilo boots but I can't install kernel updates without
manually running 'lilo -v' because grubby code is uncooperative.
On fedora-list yesterday...
poster suggests that grub2 worked for him
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This problem still occurs with Fedora 8 and the most recent version of grub,
0.97-19.i386. I am using the most recent BIOS update, 1.1.11, for the Optiplex
320. The machine still hangs while grub is booting the machine.
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