Bug 431804 - kernel does not boot
kernel does not boot
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Kernel Maintainer List
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Reported: 2008-02-06 20:11 EST by thomas zhu
Modified: 2009-01-09 00:56 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2009-01-09 00:56:19 EST
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lspci -vvvnn (8.92 KB, text/plain)
2008-02-06 20:11 EST, thomas zhu
no flags Details
dmidecode (9.74 KB, text/plain)
2008-02-07 19:36 EST, thomas zhu
no flags Details

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Description thomas zhu 2008-02-06 20:11:08 EST
Description of problem:
system fails to boot up after the following message displayed on the screen, 
and the harddisk is running like crazy
        root (hd0,0)
        kernel /vmlinuz- ro root=LABEL=/ vga=0x319 
        initrd /initrd-

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:
        every time try to boot fc8 with this kernel

Steps to Reproduce:
Actual results:
        fc8 is unusable after kernel updating

Expected results:

Additional info:
Comment 1 thomas zhu 2008-02-06 20:11:08 EST
Created attachment 294179 [details]
lspci -vvvnn
Comment 2 Jon Stanley 2008-02-06 20:18:23 EST
Thanks for the bug report.  Unfortunately, we require more information in order
to be able to take action on this bug.

Could you please attach the output of a 'dmidecode' as a text/plain attachment,
as well as provide the exact messages from the boot failure.
Comment 3 Juha Tuomala 2008-02-07 10:41:17 EST
Mine won't boot either, but guess this is different problem.


also grub fails to update its own config, claiming something
about 'can't find template' or similar.

kernel- is one that boots, ones updated after
that have failed.

how these end up into production? is my hw so rare that I'm 
only seeing this?

what info you need more?
Comment 4 Jon Stanley 2008-02-07 10:54:09 EST
Let's not confuse issues here.  Juha, please open a new bug for your failure. 
What I would like is the initrd from the kernel that fails to boot for you -
looks like it's corrupted or missing something.

Can you also attach a dmidecode to the new bug report?

Comment 5 thomas zhu 2008-02-07 19:36:32 EST
Created attachment 294293 [details]
Comment 6 thomas zhu 2008-02-07 19:46:06 EST
Thanks for your reply. dmidecode information attached in the above post.

The following message displayed during boot on the screen, all of them; the 
initrd line actually never shows up.

Booting 'Fedora ('
root (hd0.0)
    Filesystem type is ext2fs, partition type 0x83
kernel /vmlinuz- ro root=LABEL=/ vga=0x319
    [Linux-bzImage, setup=0x2c00, size=0x1e07a0]

Comment 7 Jon Stanley 2008-03-09 00:47:54 EST
I'm sorry for not replying before now.  That dmidecode that you sent looks like
you have the latest BIOS for your board (I think - the release date mentioned in
the dmidecode and the release date mentioned on the page
are off by one day.

Have you tried with newer kernels?
Comment 8 thomas zhu 2008-03-09 12:10:27 EDT
Thank you for your reply. I have tried the newer version kernel, namely, which works. And I find in system log some messages about 
media error, which looks like following:

Feb 17 08:07:34 fedora kernel: ata1.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x0 
action 0x0
Feb 17 08:07:34 fedora kernel: ata1.00: BMDMA stat 0x25
Feb 17 08:07:34 fedora kernel: ata1.00: cmd c8/00:f8:10:f0:00/00:00:00:00:00/e0 
tag 0 cdb 0x0 data 126976 in
Feb 17 08:07:34 fedora kernel:          res 51/40:00:9b:f0:00/00:00:00:00:00/e0 
Emask 0x9 (media error)
Feb 17 08:07:34 fedora kernel: ata1.00: configured for UDMA/100
Feb 17 08:07:34 fedora kernel: ata1: EH complete

these kind of messages occur, I think, when my box suffer a short hangout 
sometimes, like harddisk loses response for some seconds. However, the newer 
kernel does boot and work.
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Comment 10 Bug Zapper 2009-01-09 00:56:19 EST
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