Bug 453941 - Kernel 2.6.25 hangs on boot
Kernel 2.6.25 hangs on boot
Status: CLOSED WONTFIX
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
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Reported: 2008-07-03 08:23 EDT by Paulo Roma Cavalcanti
Modified: 2009-01-09 01:39 EST (History)
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Description Paulo Roma Cavalcanti 2008-07-03 08:23:33 EDT
Description of problem:

Kernel 2.6.25 series hangs on boot (Dell Vostro 1400 Laptop).

It never hangs when using kernels 2.6.23 or 2.6.24

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

2.6.25.6-27 and 2.6.25.9-40

How reproducible:

Just boot Dell Vostro 1400

Steps to Reproduce:
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Actual results:

Hangs on boot 3 out of 5 times.

Expected results:

Should boot always.

Additional info:

I have been having problems with kernel 2.6.25 on F8,
with my Dell Vostro 1400 laptop. The boot sometimes freezes,
very often, indeed

It just writes:

Decompressing Linux ....done.
Booting the kernel.

and then hangs forever, and I have to press the power down button.

The interesting thing is that if I suppress the quiet option in /etc/grub.conf
to have a verbose boot, It does not hang.

This makes me believe that this extra printing introduces a small delay
in the boot process, giving time to something initialize properly.

Windows Vista has been erased from the disk, which has only 4 primary
partitions:

Filesystem    Type    Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda2     ext3     20G   13G  6.3G  67% /
/dev/sda1     ext3     99M   30M   65M  32% /boot
/dev/sda4     ext3    124G   20G   99G  17% /home

/dev/sda3 is the swap partition (4GB=memory installed).

The system runs F8, fully updated. Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz, 4GB of RAM,
nvidia 8400GS. Using AHCI on the bios (drive 160GB, 5400 rpm).
Comment 1 Pontus Enhager 2008-07-06 07:57:03 EDT
i _might_ be experiencing something alike on my desktop computer (Core2Duo as
well), frequent hangs (since end of F8) disabling quiet and rhgb option makes it
stable (tested since a week, no hang since then), enabling quiet yielded a hang
this morning

in my case it sometimes boots up, allows me to login and works for a while and
then hangs, sometimes hangs at boot before any user interaction

i can try to capture a dump on the serial console if wanted
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