Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 45245
Installer exiting with signal 11 or freezing up.
Last modified: 2005-10-31 17:00:50 EST
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Description of problem:
Installer crashes. First I thought it might be the aic7xxx module as I
was seeing scsi errors. I tried using the boot.img on bug 29555 with apic
option with no success. I also tried ide=nodma with equal results (always
exiting at some point). I was seeing some video errors so I have tried
expert and text, I can get further but still crashes when formating.
To rule out the scsi module, I removed the scsi card and tried IDE disk
problems showing up when partitioning the system.
I think there must be an I/O or IRQ problem, probably with the video card
as it often exits starting X.
Next I installed on the IDE on another machine, recompiled using aic7xxx
latest patch 6.1.13 and with AMD processor and moved the IDE to this
machine. It went OK until trying run Xconfigurator or starting X. At
that point a lot of core dumps and then system. After restart, system
file would be corrupt. Now it will get up to the login but won't accept
the login (it will breifly show the last login message and then go back to
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Try to install
Actual Results: Crash with signall 11, or freeze up.
Expected Results: Complete install
Mobo - Gigabyte's GA-7DX
Processor - Athlon Thunderbird 1200
Video - ATI Xpert98 AGP (a RageXL chip with 8M)
Adaptec 19160 scsi controller card
Seagate 18.4GB 15rpm Cheetah scsci disk
3com etherlink PCI server NIC adapter
512Mg DDR SDRAM - Mushkin
Creative Labs - CD 52X EIDE cd-rom
Linux Deluxe Workstation 7.1 retail box.
/boot /dev/sda1 15M
swap /dev/sda2 512M
/ /dev/sda3 512M
/home /dev/sda5 4G
/tmp /dev/sda6 512M
/var /dev/sda7 1G
/usr /dev/sda8 2.5G
/u0 /dev/sda9 what's left(~7G)
I decided to make a change on the hardware. Normally the motherboard would be
working at 133Mhz/33 to be able to use the Thunderbirds front bus capacity of
266Mhz. Since most of the errors I was seeing were printing out CPU dumps, I
decided to lower the bus velocity to 100Mhz/33. I then was able to install
stock 7.1. I had tried the machine using Windows at full speed with no
problems. Could it be the kernel isn't handling the added speed of the CPU and
memory (as I understand, they are linked in this board, so raising one raises
Right now the CPU is working at 900Mhz (not 1200 as it should). How can I
increase the speed again without hitting the same problems?
This sounds like flakey hardware to me... The problems may not be exposed as
well by Windows, but your downgrading of the speed solving the problems would
strongly indicate the problem being hardware. The FSB speed of the CPU is