Bug 424481 - Anaconda required three kernel parameters in order to function on the Apple Macbook
Summary: Anaconda required three kernel parameters in order to function on the Apple M...
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: kernel
Version: 8
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Kernel Maintainer List
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2007-12-13 23:48 UTC by Christer Edwards
Modified: 2009-01-09 05:30 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2009-01-09 05:30:34 UTC

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Description Christer Edwards 2007-12-13 23:48:51 UTC
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

How reproducible:
every time

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
Actual results:
The installer stops at "starting /sbin/loader" without 'nohz=off nolapic'. 
Beyond that gets a key-repeat error without adding 'irqpoll'

Expected results:
I expect that the installer will work without additional kernel parameter tweaks.

Additional info:
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

Comment 1 Chris Nolan 2007-12-22 12:06:38 UTC
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.

Comment 2 Christer Edwards 2007-12-22 15:04:35 UTC
I believe this is the second gen (Feb 2007-ish), C2D.  Any info I can dig up to
help nail down the version?

Comment 3 Chuck Ebbert 2008-01-02 19:55:05 UTC
This was a bug in the original install kernel. Does the respin work? 


Comment 4 Chris Nolan 2008-01-19 11:45:24 UTC
(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
(possibly encoded).

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