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Bug 230932 - Live CD won't boot on HP Pavilion ZE4201 (Fedora 7 Test 4)
Live CD won't boot on HP Pavilion ZE4201 (Fedora 7 Test 4)
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Kernel Maintainer List
Brian Brock
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Reported: 2007-03-04 15:11 EST by Bojan Smojver
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:11 EST (History)
3 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2007-05-26 07:43:41 EDT
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Output of lspci -vv (7.13 KB, text/plain)
2007-03-04 15:15 EST, Bojan Smojver
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Screen shot of failure (149.06 KB, image/jpeg)
2007-03-04 15:18 EST, Bojan Smojver
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Just before failure with F7T3 (121.85 KB, image/jpeg)
2007-03-30 02:34 EDT, Bojan Smojver
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Final failure on F7T3 (132.17 KB, image/jpeg)
2007-03-30 02:35 EDT, Bojan Smojver
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Description Bojan Smojver 2007-03-04 15:11:29 EST
Description of problem:
Live CD won't boot and it eventually displays "Cannot find root file system!",
which is preceded by a whole bunch of libata errors.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
The one from F7T2.

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Attempt to boot Live CD on HP ZE4201

Actual results:
Boot fails.

Expected results:
Should work.

Additional info:
I will attach a screen shot of failure and lspci output from FC6.
Comment 1 Bojan Smojver 2007-03-04 15:15:48 EST
Created attachment 149223 [details]
Output of lspci -vv
Comment 2 Bojan Smojver 2007-03-04 15:18:08 EST
Created attachment 149224 [details]
Screen shot of failure
Comment 3 Bojan Smojver 2007-03-30 02:33:21 EDT
Ditto Test3.
Comment 4 Bojan Smojver 2007-03-30 02:34:53 EDT
Created attachment 151256 [details]
Just before failure with F7T3
Comment 5 Bojan Smojver 2007-03-30 02:35:44 EDT
Created attachment 151257 [details]
Final failure on F7T3
Comment 6 Matthew Miller 2007-04-10 12:02:56 EDT
Bulk message: Fedora 7 test bugs should be filed against "devel", not against
test1/2/3. This isn't obvious, I know. Moving this report so it isn't lost.
Comment 7 Bojan Smojver 2007-04-26 18:58:43 EDT
Ditto Fedora 7 Test 4 Live CD.
Comment 8 Bojan Smojver 2007-04-26 20:29:12 EDT
BTW, is there an "official" workaround for these old systems that cannot boot
with libata?
Comment 9 Will Woods 2007-04-30 15:26:11 EDT
I guess the optical drive is attached to the ALi IDE interface? That's the only
disk interface I see:

(00:10.0 IDE interface: ALi Corporation M5229 IDE (rev c4) (prog-if fa))

Do the startup messages mention which PATA module gets loaded?
Comment 10 Bojan Smojver 2007-04-30 19:36:51 EDT
I would think so. But I'll boot this up today again and I'll pay attention to
what gets loaded.
Comment 11 Bojan Smojver 2007-04-30 21:20:58 EDT
It says pata_ali. It also says "configured for MWDMA2". Later it attempts to
drop that to MWDMA1:PIO4 but without any luck. It sort of goes through a lot of
cycles where it resets the port and tries again, before finally giving up.

Loaded modules are:

Comment 12 Bojan Smojver 2007-05-07 01:19:32 EDT
I see this entry in the kernel 1.3141.fc7 build:

* Fri May 04 2007 Dave Jones <davej@redhat.com>
- Disable ATAPI DMA on ALI chipsets.

That sounds promising :-)

Now, where do I get myself a Live CD of Rawhide to try this out?
Comment 13 Bojan Smojver 2007-05-23 21:31:12 EDT
I'm having a feeling this has been fixed with Rawhide circa 21 May 2007. Here is
what I did:

- downloaded and burnt boot.iso
- booted that, pata_ali loaded
- picked HTTP install
- got stage 2 image, which started anaconda
- went to VT 2 shell and mounted the CD-ROM

So, if I was able to mount the CD-ROM, pata_ali must be working OK now, right?
Comment 14 Jeremy Katz 2007-05-24 11:28:13 EDT
I think that kernel should be in the rawhide-20070517 live images.  A new set
should be going up today if things go as planned.

But Bojan's comments make me feel pretty comfortable, so marking MODIFIED
Comment 15 Bojan Smojver 2007-05-26 07:43:41 EDT
F7 Live RC2 is good! Thanks!
Comment 16 Casual J. Programmer 2007-05-28 03:46:35 EDT
This happens on a Sony Vaio PCG-SRX51P with Fedora 7 rc2 live CD.

There seems to be no Firewire driver available in the loaded kernel. The only
way to boot from CD/DVD with this notebook is an external drive connected via

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