Bug 462201 - kernel- won't boot
kernel- won't boot
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
x86_64 Linux
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Reported: 2008-09-13 18:15 EDT by Neal Becker
Modified: 2009-07-14 12:44 EDT (History)
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Description Neal Becker 2008-09-13 18:15:28 EDT
Description of problem:
Just hangs at "booting kernel".  Bottom of screen says "kernel alive".  I'd hate to see dead.  No other messages.

This is HP 9v9500

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Tried 2 times

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Comment 1 Chuck Ebbert 2008-09-13 21:11:33 EDT
Please replace 'quiet' with 'ignore_loglevel' in the kernel boot options in grub.conf and see where it hangs.
Comment 2 Neal Becker 2008-09-15 07:46:18 EDT
Haven't tried that yet, but I do want to report that this is definately RANDOM.  This morning I tried to boot normally and it hung.  Then I forced power off, tried again and it booted normally.

Never saw this behavior with any earlier kernel.
Comment 3 Michael Jones 2008-09-15 16:23:19 EDT
I can confirm that this same thing happens on a HP dv8110us. Also, the Kernel installs, but does not update the grub.conf file. I had to do that manually.

The kernel fails at:

  Creating root device.
  Mounting root filesystem.
  mount: could not find filesystem '/dev/root'
  Setting up other filesystems.
  Setting up new root fs
  setuproot: moving /dev/failed: No such file or directory
  no fstab.sys, mounting internal defaults
  setuproot: error mounting /proc: No such file or directory
  setuproot: error mounting /sys: No such file or directory
  Mount failed for selinuxfs on /selinux: No such file or directory
  Switching to new root and running init.
  unmounting old /dev
  unmounting old /proc
  unmounting old /sys
  switchroot: mount failed: No such file or directory
  Booting has failed

and there is hangs until you reboot into old kernel, which works fine.
Comment 4 Neal Becker 2008-09-15 16:58:59 EDT
I don't think this is the same as mine.  Mine never even starts nash, (unless the quiet option now quiets that line, which it never did before).
Comment 5 my_linux 2008-09-19 04:27:12 EDT
The same is also happening on my Dell XPS M1530 using Fedora x86_64. It is also rather random but commonly happens after a cold boot rather then a restart.
Comment 6 Marcos Martins da Silva 2008-09-22 20:27:24 EDT
Hi Michael, I had similar messages when booting the new kernel on a system with "/" partitioned as ext4. However, this same machine with boots fine, just like yours. Are you using ext4?
Comment 7 Michael Jones 2008-09-22 23:44:22 EDT
no, ext3
Comment 8 Henrik Nordström 2008-10-01 17:05:25 EDT
I see the same with current rawhide kernels on my Laptop. 

If I remove the quiet option there is about a screenful of messages and it then hangs at 

  PCI: Using MMCONFIG for extended config space
  PCI: Using configuration type 1 for base access

and the fan quickly speeds up to max speed.

When it works the next message (after a brief pause) is

  ACPI: BIOS _OSI(Linux) query ignored via DMI
  ACPI: Interpreter enabled

This is seen with both x86_64 and i686 kernels.
Comment 9 Henrik Nordström 2008-12-07 17:03:15 EST
The Fedora 10 kernel do work fine on my laptop.
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