Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 453941
Kernel 2.6.25 hangs on boot
Last modified: 2009-01-09 01:39:23 EST
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):
220.127.116.11-27 and 18.104.22.168-40
Just boot Dell Vostro 1400
Steps to Reproduce:
Hangs on boot 3 out of 5 times.
Should boot always.
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
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).
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
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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