Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 251443
Cannot boot without pci=noacpi
Last modified: 2009-07-14 14:03:27 EDT
Description of problem:
I can't seem to boot without passing the maxcpus=1 kernel argument at boot time.
Any attemp to boot without the argument results spews some error messages
starting with ata1.00(pics attached), which later leads to ata2.00 errors.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Current kernel version (uname -r): 184.108.40.206-41.fc7
But I remember having to do this for all F7 kernels since installation.
Steps to Reproduce:
Boot1.jpg in the attached pics show some BIOS bugs which I'm not sure are
related to the current issue.
Boot[2-4].jpg show the error messages I get after booting without the kernel
Let me know if you need any other information.
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dmesg, lspci output and pics showing the error messages at boot time
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Try some of these options instead of maxcpus=1:
Thanks for the quick response...I tried all of the suggested options. Only
"pci=noacpi" seems to work without any noticeable side effects.
With both "pci=nomsi and "pci=nomsi,nommconf" got stuck at the login prompt (tty
). But I was not able to login. The cursor blinked but no input was being accepted.
With "nolapic_timer" and "nolapic" options, I was able boot fine both times. But
I saw some strange keyboard/mouse behavior with the former option and with
"nolapic" /proc/cpuinfo showed only one cpu (even though I did not specify
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?
If the problem no longer exists then please close this bug or I'll do so in a
few days if there is no additional information lodged.
Yes, I still have the problem with the latest F7 kernel. But I'm using
"pci=noacpi" instead of maxcpus=1. Let me know what info you need to resolve
If you could test with the Fedora 8 Test 2 live cd that would be appreciated as
at the moment we are trying to squash bugs that prevent a successful install.
You can get it from:
It may also tell whether this has been fixed upstream. If the issue still exists
with F8 Test 2, I will attach a blocker bug and assign to the relevant maintainer.
I tested Fedora 8 Test 2 and the problem still exists. I cannot boot without
pci=noacpi kernel argument (see attachment (F8T2-BootRegular.jpg). There were no
error messages though (I left the machine for 30 min).
I could boot into runlevel 3 when I added the kernel argument but I could not
start X. For some reason the display was garbled (see attachment
F8T2-Boot"pci=noacpi".jpg) and it hanged. I tried both radeon and ati drivers.
This at least confirms that the current problem is not fixed in the newer kernel.
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F8T2-Boot with pci=noacpi
Apologies for not getting back to you sooner. Was this resolved for F8 release?
(In reply to comment #16)
> Apologies for not getting back to you sooner. Was this resolved for F8 release?
No. I still have problem booting without pci=noacpi with latest F8 kernel update
Can you post the output (as a text/plain attachment) of:
(you may need to install it)
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Output of dmidecode as requested...
You might want to try a BIOS upgrade which is available (with the usual caveats) at:
If you dual boot then you can perform this under Windows, if not:
Let me know how you get on.
Any update on this?
(In reply to comment #21)
> Any update on this?
I did try the BIOS update as you suggested but there was no change. I still have
the issue in 220.127.116.11-137.fc8.
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This issue is still present in Fedora 9. I tried Live KDE CD and could boot only
with "pci=noacpi" as a kernel argument.
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