Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 225489
Virtual kernal doesn't work on Inspiron 5000 PIII laptop
Last modified: 2009-12-14 15:37:48 EST
Description of problem: When FC6 is installed on a Dell Inspiron 5000 laptop
with the virtualization kernel, the sound card is recognized but doesn't work,
and, after installing updates (including kernel 2.6.19-1.2895.fc6xen), X fails
to start after rebooting and the screen goes black.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable): FC6 installation CDs.
How reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot from install CD
2. Select Office+Productivity and Software Development
3. Select Customize Now and select virtualization from the base system options
After rebooting following the initial install, the system comes up and appears
to get through the first-time settings ok, except at the end. The ESS ES1978
Maestro sound chip is recognized, but when tested, no sounds come out and no
synthesizer device is displayed in the popup menu.
More serious, after running the updater and letting it download and install
patches, on reboot, things look normal until the "starting udev:" message
appears. Then when X should start up, the screen goes blank instead.
Expected results: Everything works fine if the same installation is repeated
without selecting the virtualization option. If the virtual kernel is supposed
to work on this machine, then there's a bug.
If the virtual kernel is not supposed to work on this hardware, then it
shouldn't be possible to select or install it, or at least some sort of
compatibility warning should be issued.
Re-assigning to kernel-xen because broken sound card drivers are nothing todo
with the virt-manager GUI app.
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This report targets FC6, which is now end-of-life.
Please re-test against Fedora 7 or later, and if the issue persists, open a new bug.