Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 485455
Fedora 11 rawhide kernel pauses at "waiting for hardware to initialize" during pxe boot
Last modified: 2013-01-30 23:31:33 EST
Description of problem:
Fedora 11 alpha kernel sometimes pauses for 2 minutes at "waiting for hardware to initialize" during a pxe boot.
This is not a hang, boot will resume normally after 2 minutes.
I've filed this under "udev" as a guess, but it could be something else.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Here are the file sizes and dates of the kernels I tested:
18727337 Feb 10 10:02 initrd.img
2930496 Feb 10 10:01 vmlinuz
19352630 Feb 12 03:08 initrd.img
2951056 Feb 12 03:08 vmlinuz
Problem is not easily reproduced, the pause does not happen at every boot. Could this be a udev race?
The same hardware boots 18.104.22.168-78.2.8.fc9.x86_64 and 22.214.171.124-159.fc10.x86_64 kernels without problems, verified after rawhide boot failed.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. set up PXE environment
2. Configure machine BIOS to use PXE boot
3. Boot machine
Machine may or may not appear to hang. In 8 tests, it paused in roughly half of the tests. The last few lines on the tty1 at the pause are:
mounting /tmp as ramfs ... done
waiting for hardware to initialize
Kernel should boot normally, pop up the Choose a Language in 15 to 20 seconds
When the kernel boots normally, it takes 15 seconds from "Loading vmlinuz" to "Choose a Language" (hand timed with wall clock).
When it does not, the pause is 2 minutes.
http://kojipkgs.fedoraproject.org/mash/rawhide-20090214/development/x86_64/os/images/pxeboot/vmlinuz booted successfully 6 times out of 6.
Are you still seeing this issue?
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 11 development cycle.
Changing version to '11'.
More information and reason for this action is here:
I am getting this on attempted installation of production Fedora 11. This is on a Sempron machine that is currently running Fedora 10 without problems.
I put the Fedora 11 install DVD in, start up the machine and select install the operating system and it hangs at 'waiting for hardware to initialize' USB i/o in BIOS is enabled.
I see something similar with F11 final on Sun x4440 4xQuad-core Opteron w/ 64G. In my case the hang seems permanent. I've left it hanging for up to 2 hours.
I'm not using PXE. I'm booting from DVD and referencing a kickstart over http.
I tried setting ACPI away from v1 to v3 in the BIOS, but it didn't seem to change anything. I can only rarely get past the waiting for hardware to initialize message. The last line on VT4 when it hangs is:
<6> ata12: SATA link down (SStatus 0 SControl 300)
A ^c does kill anaconda and reboot the system. If it does not hang on boot the line following above on VT4 is:
<29> _datestamp_ NetworkManager: <info> starting...
I found a workaround for my problem.
Fix was to go into BIOS under advanced ACPI settings and disable WHEA. Windows Hardware Error Architecture.
System no longer hangs at "waiting for hardware to initialize..." message.
I have similar problem when installing Fedora 11. Installation hang after message 'waiting for hardware to initialize'.
Really, I don't know how to use kickstart. Beside that, in my BIOS configuration, there is no option about enable-disable WHEA.
Please, can you tell me how to troubleshoot this installation. How to use kickstart?
I'm really need your help... Thanks before...
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