Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 38654
[dma] installer hangs on /sbin/loader
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:32:57 EDT
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installer locks up on blue screen immediately after /sbin/loader.
in expert mode, installer prompts for: driver disk (no), language
(english), keyboard (us), media (local cdrom)... then CD rom spins up,
spins down, and system is locked up with blue screen.
Machine has a pentum III/500mhz, 128mb single chip sdram, tyan
motherboard, ATI Rage 3d video, IDE CDROM, 10gb IDE hard drive, and
nothing else. I even pulled the 3com 3c5xx pci card, and it still locks
SuSE 7.1 is currently on the system (its installer ran flawlessly) but I
was rying to replace it with redhat (I wanted the 2.4.2 kernel for
iptables, bind 9, bindconf and apacheconf modules).
Steps to Reproduce:
1.insert install cd rom
3.hit enter to continue
viola - locked up.
Actual Results: machine hangs
Expected Results: installer runs
after a while, it finally said:
failed to read /modules/module-info
install exited abnormally sending termination signal yada yada yada you may now
safely reboot yuor system
It doesnt work for me either. Same exact symptoms as this post. I have a
Pentium 4, 1.4 GHz and an Intel 850 board.
Saw something after checking all posts having anything to do with installing
RedHat 7.1 It seems that it is something with a BIOS limitation and 2.88MB
images from the CDROM. Apparently if you make a floppy boot disk from the
CD /images then it will work. I havent tried it yet..but I will in a few
Nope, making a boot disk as suggested in another bug report did not work
either. It hangs at /sbin/loader either with default or text install. I also
updated to my latest Intel 850 BIOS to P12 thinking that the 2.88 mb image file
problem would be fixed, but nada. Still same underlying problem as this
Can either of you look on VC3 and VC4 and see if there are any error messages?
No. The computer is completely locked up. No console switching, ctrl-alt-del,
or anything. Had to hold my power button in for 5-7 seconds to force it off.
What if you boot with 'linux ide=nodma'?
the linux ide=nodma worked for me. Better post that solution more prominently
somewhere. Im sure we arent the only two that experienced that problem.
Thanks for the help though..everything else installed without a glitch.
Yes, this is a known issue. It will help us a lot if you can send the output of
/proc/ide/hd(foo)/model so we can see the model name of the cdrom. Changing
component to the kernel.
output from /proc/ide/hdc/model
I dont remember what brand it was that I bought but I dont think it was
a 'name' brand.