Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 448166
Boot hangs with Intel ICH9 SATA controller
Last modified: 2009-07-14 11:48:00 EDT
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Description of problem:
I have suggested this is a kernel problem because I have a similar problem with Ubuntu.
I have a Dell Vostro 400 which has an Intel ICH9 SATA controller using IDE emulation. I can run Fedora 9 both Gnome and KDE from live CDs with no problem, except that on loading from every Fedora CD (all of which have been checked) I get a number of buffer I/O errors on device sr0. I have installed from the i386 DVD and from the Gnome live CD and cannot boot either. I cannot boot from the Fedora 8 Gnome live CD, although following a suggestion on the Ubuntu forum I can boot from it if I change the SATA mode to RAID. The problem seems to be with the hard disks. It starts Disabling IRQ #19 (#18 in Fedora 8) and then has numerous messages about ata1.00 and ata2.00. It starts at SATA 3Gbit/s and reduces to SATA 1.5Gbit/s and reduces from UDMA/133 to UDMA/100 to UDMA/33 but never seems to find a speed at which it is happy.
I have tried pci=noacpi but it makes no difference.
I can run OpenSUSE 10.3 both Gnome and KDE and both installed and from live CD without any problem. Ubuntu 7.10 only boots installed or from live CD about one time in three. Ubuntu 8.04 live CD will not boot at all, but it does boot if I change SATA mode to RAID, and Ubuntu 7.10 boots reliably if SATA mode is set to RAID, but that will not work with Windows and I understand it is not safe to change modes with data on the disks. If I try to run the installed Fedora 9 Gnome with SATA mode set to RAID it cannot read the disks.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install Fedora 9 from i386 DVD or install from Gnome live CD
2. Try to boot from installed version
Long pauses in boot process. With quiet disabled, many more messages about ata1.00 and ata2.00
Boot into Gnome desktop
I have now tried Fedora 7. The live CD runs, although it does not recognise the
on-board LAN device. The I/O buffer errors on sr0 also occur. When I try to
boot after installing from the live CD I get
irq 18: nobody cares (try booting with irqpoll option)
Disabling IRQ #18
usb3-1: device not accepting address 2, error -71
ata1.00 failed to set xfermode (err_mask=0x40)
The last line is repeated 3 times, then the same for ata2.00 then for 3 and 4,
which don't exist, although the error mask is then 0x4
It ends up with something about a kernel panic, being unable to sync, and an
attempt to kill init
The messages failed to set xfermode also occur with Ubuntu.
Booting with irqpoll seems to be the answer. I tried it with the Fedora 7 I had
installed from the live CD and it worked. I have now installed Fedora 9 from
the i386 DVD and it has worked with that too. In fact I am using Fedora 9 to
send this message. Is it possible to update the kernel to avoid the need for
adding the irqpoll option?
Some unknown device is spewing interrupts. When this problem happened on IBM
machines it turned out that a BIOS update fixed the problem. 'noirqdebug' should
work better than 'irqpoll' in the meantime...
My vostro 200 has the same problem.
I even could not install the fedora 9 by the DVD.
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