Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 44159
Installation is VERY VERY slow, too slow to complete this year
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:33:39 EDT
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Description of problem:
When booting from the RH7.1 CDROM, and running *any* install mode (normal,
expert, lowres, nofb, text) it gets to the "/sbin/loader" execution fairly
quickly, and then becomes "CPU starved".
Steps to Reproduce:
When booting from the RH7.1 CDROM and proceeding with any install option,
it literally takes 30-60 minutes to go from "blue screen" to "blue screen
with 'running anaconda - please wait'" and 2-3 hours to get to the point
where the GUI screen is displayed. At that point the mouse is non-
responsive, and proceeding via keyboard control takes several minutes to
The system has everything possible removed and disabled. Basic specs are:
IWIL MOBO (Via CS), Intel 800MHz Celeron, 256MB RAM, 40GB HD, basic Matrox
VGA. Onboard USB is disabled. The only add in card is PCI VGA. Has one
HD (IDE 0 Master), one CDROM (IDE 1 Master), and one FDD.
Does the kernel identify all your memory? Can you look on VC2 and run 'cat
On VC2, 'cat /proc/meminfo' took over 1 minute to display output, and it
appears to see all the system RAM. Summary:
Wow. I've never seen anything like this. The output of 'cat /proc/meminfo'
should be instantaneous. This sounds like it could be a kernel problem...I
can't think of anything in the installer that would cause this to happen. Can
you look on VC3 and VC4 and see if there are any error messages? There could be
problems reading the cdrom. If you listen to the machine, does it sound like
the cdrom drive is spinning down and then spinning up again repeatedly?
I was seeing a number of errors on VC4 pertaining to the CDROM, though the CD
was not spinning or starting/stopping repeatedly. Most of the errors were hdX:
Interrupt Lost. I first saw hdc, when the CDROM was Secondary IDE Master, and
then hdb after I tried switching to Primary Slave. I confirmed master/slave
jumper on drive, tried swapping actual CDROM drives, internal ribbon cables,
primary to secondary controllers, etc.
At this point I suspect the motherboard. Do you have an opinion? I believe I
will try a different MOBO.
It could be the motherboard...but I can't be sure. It does sound like something
is not quite right with the hardware.
I exchanged the IWILL VX133 w/800MHz Celeron for an IWILL 266 with a 900 MHz
AMD Athlon and it ran normally the first time I tried to install RH7.1. I also
upgraded the Video to NVIDIA 32 MB AGP.
Sorry to bother you guys with what turned out to be a hardware issue (but it
may be a Linux/VX133 compatibility issue).
Thanks for your help and time.