Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 36601
[aix7xxx] installer crashes and wont let manually assign h/w drivers
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:32:43 EDT
I am trying to install RH7.1 from CD created from your ISO image.
On SMP PC (2 x Pentium III 700Mhz) with AHA2940UW, after reading aic7xxx driver, installation process displays:
Running anaconda - please wait
install exited abnormally - received signal 11
On Pentium 166Mhz with AHA1542CF, install detects IDE drives, but will not detect SCSI controller.
I haven't seen any error messages.
I have tried driver disk, expert and text mode. In both cases it doesn't change nothing.
I tried also to load driver on LILO prompt, using "linux aha1542=0x330" parameter. No go.
It looks like install doesn't enable expert mode at all. After asking for driver disk it does not show or ask for devices,
but goes on with installation without SCSI controller.
Both of those computers are happily running RH6.2.
We've gotten a couple of these...looks like some thing is wrong with the aic7xxx
driver. However, I've seen stuff on the mailing list from quite few users who
say that theirs work fine. Anyway, this is more of a kernel problem than an
installer problem. Reassigning.
*** Bug 36078 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
you should be able to pass "noprobe" to the bootscreen commandline to force
manual selection of the drivers
Thanks. "noprobe" fixed the problem with aha1542.
System still reports error, when loading aic7xxx.
*** Bug 44834 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
*** Bug 44925 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
What motherboards/chipsets are having the issue?
On my system everything from RedHat 7.2 onward had problems during install.
I root-caused the issue to a BIOS setting on my ASUS CUV4X-D motherboard (VIA
chipset). This board was set for PCI write combining which makes PCI access
seem very fast - the problem is it also violates the PCI spec.
When I disabled PCI write combining, that resolved the installation issue.
Forgot to mention that I have had problem with the following Adaptec cards and
the "new" AIC7XXX driver :2902, 2940Uw, 29160.
If I compiled new kernels and used the "new" driver I would get kernel panics
on boot on Red Hat 7.2, and had problems installing RedHat 7.3 onward because
the default driver on install is the "new" one.
Again, disabling PCI Write combining in BIOS fixed the problem.
RH8 rocks, as does Phoebe. Looking forward to 8.1. :->