Bug 462674 - The installer can't start in graphical mode on PS3
The installer can't start in graphical mode on PS3
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
powerpc Linux
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Assigned To: Anaconda Maintenance Team
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Blocks: F10Target
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Reported: 2008-09-18 02:46 EDT by Kazunori Asayama
Modified: 2009-09-08 12:16 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2009-09-08 12:16:14 EDT
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Description Kazunori Asayama 2008-09-18 02:46:02 EDT
Description of problem:

The installer can't start in graphical mode on PS3, maybe because of memory shortage. The text mode can start.

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

  boot.iso 2008.09.16 (UTC)

How reproducible:

  Every time.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Insert the installer DVD into PS3.
2. Boot PS3.
3. Start installer in graphical mode.
4. Select 'Skip' in the 'Disc Found' page in the 1st stage.

Actual results:

  The installer stalls after the 'Disc Found' page.

Expected results:

  There's any progress in the installation process.

Additional info:

  I waited 1 hour+, but no progress.

  I selected 'OK' in the 'Disc Found' page so check the disc. But no error was detected.
Comment 1 Chris Lumens 2008-09-22 11:08:42 EDT
Are there any messages on tty3, tty4, or tty5 that could indicate a problem?
Comment 2 Kazunori Asayama 2008-09-22 12:03:51 EDT
I couldn't switch to the tty3 etc. I got a black screen after the 'Disc Found' page and the PS3 didn't respond to any input from keyboard or mouse. However it looks like the installer continued to access the DVD-ROM, because I could hear seek noise from the optical drive.
Comment 3 Kazunori Asayama 2008-09-22 14:35:35 EDT
The graphical installer can start if I use a special hardware with 512MB memory. A retail PS3 console has 256MB memory, and only about 210MB is available for Linux. So I guessed the cause of this problem was memory shortage, but I'm not sure about that.
Comment 4 Kazunori Asayama 2008-09-22 15:16:04 EDT
I tried similar situation on x86 PC by passing kernel option "mem=220M" to the installer, then the installer complained:

  You do not have enough RAM to use graphical installer. Starting text mode.

and entered text mode. So the PowerPC installer should also behave the same?
Comment 5 Chris Lumens 2008-09-22 16:04:50 EDT
When you say "available for Linux", what do you mean?
Comment 6 Kazunori Asayama 2008-09-22 16:17:25 EDT
(In reply to comment #5)
> When you say "available for Linux", what do you mean?

Part of the memory is used by the hypervisor.
Comment 7 Bug Zapper 2008-11-25 22:07:43 EST
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 10 development cycle.
Changing version to '10'.

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Comment 8 Chris Lumens 2009-07-10 13:31:56 EDT
This should be fixed in notting's latest patch to anaconda.
Comment 9 Joel Andres Granados 2009-09-08 12:16:14 EDT
I'm assuming this fixed since its so old.  Feel free to reopen if you continue to see the bad behavior.

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