Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 481306
Fedora 10 will not boot on Dell Optiplex 320
Last modified: 2009-12-18 02:40:53 EST
Description of problem:
In testing Fedora 10, I tried to run a live CD to install on a Dell Optiplex
320 with an intel chipset. The live cd would not boot past 'Loading
initrd0.img....ready.' It gets here and hangs each time. I tested the same CD
on several other dell PC's including an optiplex 330, Vostro 1500 notebook and
a Lattitude D830 notebook. The cd will load successfully and I can install the
OS successfully on each of these machines, except the 320.
The 320 has the most up to date BIOS available and all the hardware passes
testing. What else can I provide that would be helpful?
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Create Fedora 10 Live CD
2. Insert into Dell Optiplex 320
3. Attempt to boot from CD
Hangs at Loading initrd0.img...ready.
Boot into OS
I have an Acer Aspire 5920, with a Core 2 Duo and excactly the same thing happens to me too. An ugly way to get around this is to pass "nosmp" at kernel options, but you sacrifice one cpu.
This is not a unique problem on fedora. It also happens on Fedora 10 beta, Mandriva 2009.0, Mandriva 2009.1 Beta and mandriva's kernel-linus-2.6.29-git5 (which is supposed to be vanilla). As can recall not to have any problems with Fedora 10 Alpha, and Fedora 11 Alpha boots fine also.
In the past I had tried nolapic with success, only to find out that when nolapic, nosmp is implied.
It's a very strange error, and i don't have any other way to describe it. I forget to mention that in my case at least, the laptop works normally except display which is left on "ready." with cursor blinking. I can hear the cdrom reading and i'm certain the os is loaded because the brightness of my backlight changes and if i press power botton, the machine shuts down after a while. I can even read /var/log/messages afterwards.
Currently i don't have a fedora installation, but the logs shows nothing. The only difference was that in case of smp timer used IOAPIC while when nosmp it uses PIC.
Oh, and also once in a while it may boot normally, but i cannot understand when. It just happens to confuse me while i'm trying to find the correct boot options. So far i have failed with:
Try the "nohpet" boot option...
No luck. nohpet failed too.
I was able to get my Optiplex 320 to install using hpet=disable pci=nosmi textinst but now it won't boot. I'm guessing it has to do with the Grub bootloader issue. One step at a time...
Did you try booting with the kernel parameter acpi=off (disables SMP ... this is the more aggressive option) or acpi=ht (does not disable SMP)? I was getting the same symptoms on current Rawhide on an Optiplex 760 and either one of these parameters allowed the machine to boot normally.
Optiplex 320, latest BIOS 1.1.12. Only acpi=off works for me. Fedora 11 boots fine but I need Fedora 10 in this case.
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