Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 38538
nullpointer error during filesystem check
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:32:56 EDT
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After a clean install of RedHat 7.1 on a P2@233Mhz, Asus MB, IBM 15GB HD,
Riva128 (more hardware specs can be provided if required) the system
performed a correct boot to KDE. It then blocked from some reason and a
hard reset was required (no further information on the reason of the
During the fschk of /home the system reports a nullpointer error
and "tried to kill init". The system then freezes.
The behaviour reoccurs after a clean reinstall.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. start the computer
Actual Results: Screen dump of the nullpointer error with "tried to kill
Expected Results: fschk should have completed and the boot should have
continued as it did the first time.
The most useful information for me at this time is "lspci" output.
Or at least more information about the exact motherboard (which would
allow me to get the same info) would be appreciated.
Since RedHat never reaches a state where I can input commands, I cannot run
lspci. The MB is Asus P2L97. The system in an extended form (ZIP, CDWriter,
etc) has run Windows including W2K without problems for over three years.
Do you have some sort of soundcard ?
I've switched from RedHat 7.1 to Suse 7.2. Installed and runs flawlessly. DHCP
server, webserver, SMB.
Got myself a new copy of RedHat7.1 which has been installed on another system
and runs correctly on that system. Reinstalled that on my system.
Similar problem: stuck somewhere in X, reboot, file system checks ok this time,
after "INIT: entering runlevel: 5",
it reports "unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at virtual address
00000d00, printing eip".
In the EIP dump: "pmd entry c13d4000: 000000000000 ... pdm not present! Oops:
0002" and it is a gonner...
Maybe this will help.
Yes, I do have a soundblaster 128 installed. I reinstalled RedHat 7.1 and not
let it configure the soundcard (it is found during the hardware detection).
Mandrake 8.0 also runs flawlessly. As I understand Mandrake is RedHat
compatible. Hence I'm sticking to Mandrake for now.