Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 242150
SATA_NV: F-7 installer hangs if IDE is disabled
Last modified: 2013-07-02 22:33:23 EDT
Description of problem:
I have a Tyan S2925A2NRF motherboard with a single SATA drive attached (no
cdrom). Since nothing was connected to the IDE bus, I disabled it in the BIOS.
When I try to perform a PXE-based install, anaconda seems to hang when it tries
to load/detect IDE devices. After 30 minutes of no response I gave up.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
F-7 DVD media
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Disable the IDE bus in the BIOS
2. Boot the machine from a non-IDE device, such as PXE
Anaconda hangs after loading the sata_nv driver
The installation continues normally
As soon as I added an IDE dvd-rom drive and re-enabled the IDE bus in the BIOS,
the installation went smoothly.
I'm reviewing this bug as part of the kernel bug triage project, an attempt to
isolate current bugs in the fedora kernel.
I am CC'ing myself to this bug and will try and assist you in resolving it if I can.
There hasn't been much activity on this bug for a while. Could you tell me if
you are still having problems with the latest kernel? It would be interesting to
know what is gained from disabling IDE in the BIOS? My inclination would be to
leave it enabled as I am unaware of any performance loss in enabling it.
Alternatively you may wish to enable for installation and then disable once
Fedora is installed.
If the problem has gone away then please close this bug or I'll do so in a few
days if there is no additional information lodged.
I haven't tried lately to see if this is still a problem. The system I was
using has since gone into production, and I don't have any replacement hardware
to retest this.
I was probably being a little overeager in disabling IDE in the BIOS. Since I
had no floppy or IDE hardware (only a single SATA drive), it seemed like a good
idea at the time. You're right that there is probably no performance gain by
The one combination that I did not try was with IDE enabled, but with no IDE
I am closing this as INSUFFICIENT_DATA. Please re-open if the issue still occurs
for you and I will try to assist in its resolution. Thank you for taking the
time to report the initial bug.