Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 424481
Anaconda required three kernel parameters in order to function on the Apple Macbook
Last modified: 2009-01-09 00:30:34 EST
Description of problem:
In order to successfully install Fedora 8 on my Apple Macbook I needed three
kernel parameters, which took a fair amount of searching to find.
For the installer to even load at all it needed 'nohz=off nolapic', and beyond
that it needed 'irqpoll' to avoid a very annoying key repeat error (all input is
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
...whatever is current anaconda version with fedora 8 DVD release .iso
Steps to Reproduce:
1. boot from boot.iso or install dvd
2. don't use the above kernel parameters
3. BOOM - no installer for you
The installer stops at "starting /sbin/loader" without 'nohz=off nolapic'.
Beyond that gets a key-repeat error without adding 'irqpoll'
I expect that the installer will work without additional kernel parameter tweaks.
The installer works fine, out of the box, with the Ubuntu and Debian installer.
Whatever additional parameters or modules they have built in bypass this issue
What version of Macbook is this?
Using a MacBook 3.1 (new Santa Rosa - not the Pro version) Fedora 8 x86_64
installs without any problem from the installation media. I have not tried a
live cd or the i386 version.
I believe this is the second gen (Feb 2007-ish), C2D. Any info I can dig up to
help nail down the version?
This was a bug in the original install kernel. Does the respin work?
(In reply to comment #2)
> I believe this is the second gen (Feb 2007-ish), C2D. Any info I can dig up to
> help nail down the version?
I *think* the version info may be located under the battery - the serial number
is certainly there, and no doubt that includes some info on the version number
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