Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 44830
Kernel 2.4 does NOT BOOT
Last modified: 2006-02-21 13:48:01 EST
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Description of problem:
I recently got the RedHat Linux 7.1 professional edition and installed it.
The installation went fine. But when I restarted the system, Linux just
would not start. i.e. After Lilo, I get a few boot up messages and then it
stops with no activity. the last message is always "Starting Kswapd 1.8"
and then the macahine just freezes. Even ctrl+alt+del dows not work. The
cursor just keeps blinking with no further activity. I reinstalled 7.1
many times but the system would just hang at the point "Starting Kswapd
1.8" HOWEVER, i could use loadlin (using the image of the kernel of
RedHat6.2) to load Linux. 7.1 DID START! But none of the moudles ,of
course, were loaded. I finally installed 2.2.14-12 and the machine works
but not upto the expectations(like no sound etc). I tried most of the pre
2.4 kernels (like 2.2.14-12, 2.2.16, 2.2.17)and they all work. Only the
2.4.x kernels don't start.
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Just staring linux
Actual Results: Does not boot. The last message displayed is "Starting
Expected Results: The login screen
My systems config might be important to note:
Compaq Presario 2262
10.5 GB HDD of which 5GB is Linux Native
Diamond stealth 2000 3D pro card
It would be helpful to see the output of lspci and dmesg of the latest kernel
that does actually boot. That way, I get more info about the hardware and
hopefully the problem.
Also see bug 39191, which I am experiencing, and bug 39089. I did a capture
of the boot messages via the serial console that shows that the problem with bug
39191 is a kswapd failure (there is a huge number of call trace numbers after
this so you can't tell just by looking at the monitor).
The following is waht dmesg shows up
Linux version 2.2.14-12 (email@example.com) (gcc version egcs-2.91.66
19990314/Linux (egcs-1.1.2 release)) #1 Sun Apr 30 14:36:09 IST 2000
Detected 233863489 Hz processor.
Console: colour VGA+ 80x25
Calibrating delay loop... 233.47 BogoMIPS
Memory: 91292k/94208k available (1048k kernel code, 416k reserved, 1388k data,
64k init, 0k bigmem)
Checking if this processor honours the WP bit even in supervisor mode... Ok.
Dentry hash table entries: 262144 (order 9, 2048k)
Buffer cache hash table entries: 131072 (order 7, 512k)
Page cache hash table entries: 32768 (order 5, 128k)
VFS: Diskquotas version dquot_6.4.0 initialized
CPU: Cyrix M II 3.5x Core/Bus Clock stepping 08
Checking 386/387 coupling... OK, FPU using exception 16 error reporting.
Checking 'hlt' instruction... OK.
POSIX conformance testing by UNIFIX
mtrr: v1.35a (19990819) Richard Gooch (firstname.lastname@example.org)
PCI: PCI BIOS revision 2.10 entry at 0xfd9d4
PCI: Using configuration type 1
PCI: Probing PCI hardware
Linux NET4.0 for Linux 2.2
Based upon Swansea University Computer Society NET3.039
NET4: Unix domain sockets 1.0 for Linux NET4.0.
NET4: Linux TCP/IP 1.0 for NET4.0
IP Protocols: ICMP, UDP, TCP, IGMP
TCP: Hash tables configured (ehash 131072 bhash 65536)
Initializing RT netlink socket
Starting kswapd v 1.5
Detected PS/2 Mouse Port.
Serial driver version 4.27 with MANY_PORTS MULTIPORT SHARE_IRQ enabled
ttyS00 at 0x03f8 (irq = 4) is a 16550A
pty: 256 Unix98 ptys configured
apm: BIOS version 1.2 Flags 0x03 (Driver version 1.9)
Real Time Clock Driver v1.09
RAM disk driver initialized: 16 RAM disks of 4096K size
SIS5513: IDE controller on PCI bus 00 dev 09
SIS5513: not 100% native mode: will probe irqs later
ide0: BM-DMA at 0xfcf0-0xfcf7, BIOS settings: hda:DMA, hdb:pio
ide1: BM-DMA at 0xfcf8-0xfcff, BIOS settings: hdc:DMA, hdd:pio
hda: ST32111A, ATA DISK drive
hdb: SAMSUNG CDRW/DVD SM-308B, ATAPI CDROM drive
hdc: WDC WD84AA, ATA DISK drive
ide0 at 0x1f0-0x1f7,0x3f6 on irq 14
ide1 at 0x170-0x177,0x376 on irq 15
hda: ST32111A, 2014MB w/128kB Cache, CHS=1023/64/63
hdc: WDC WD84AA, 8063MB w/2048kB Cache, CHS=16383/16/63
Floppy drive(s): fd0 is 1.44M
FDC 0 is a post-1991 82077
md driver 0.90.0 MAX_MD_DEVS=256, MAX_REAL=12
raid5: measuring checksumming speed
raid5: MMX detected, trying high-speed MMX checksum routines
pII_mmx : 354.330 MB/sec
p5_mmx : 408.813 MB/sec
8regs : 351.282 MB/sec
32regs : 123.063 MB/sec
using fastest function: p5_mmx (408.813 MB/sec)
scsi : 0 hosts.
scsi : detected total.
md.c: sizeof(mdp_super_t) = 4096
hdc: [PTBL] [1092/240/63] hdc1 hdc2 hdc3 < hdc5 hdc6 >
autodetecting RAID arrays
... autorun DONE.
VFS: Mounted root (ext2 filesystem) readonly.
Freeing unused kernel memory: 64k freed
Adding Swap: 204080k swap-space (priority -1)
Soundblaster audio driver Copyright (C) by Hannu Savolainen 1993-1996
SB 3.01 detected OK (220)
ESS chip ES1869 detected
scsi0 : SCSI host adapter emulation for IDE ATAPI devices
scsi : 1 host.
Vendor: SAMSUNG Model: CDRW/DVD SM-308B Rev: BS02
Type: CD-ROM ANSI SCSI revision: 02
Detected scsi CD-ROM sr0 at scsi0, channel 0, id 0, lun 0
sr0: scsi3-mmc drive: 0x/32x writer cd/rw xa/form2 cdda tray
Uniform CDROM driver Revision: 2.56
parport0: PC-style at 0x378 [SPP,PS2]
parport0: PC-style at 0x378 [SPP,PS2]
parport0: no IEEE-1284 device present.
lp0: using parport0 (polling).
lspci gives the following
00:00.0 Host bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 5597 [SiS5582] (rev 10)
00:01.0 ISA bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 85C503/5513 (rev 01)
00:01.1 IDE interface: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 5513 [IDE] (rev d0)
00:01.2 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 7001 (rev 10)
00:14.0 VGA compatible controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 5597/5598
VGA (rev 68)
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 39089 ***
Changed to 'CLOSED' state since 'RESOLVED' has been deprecated.