Bug 491527 - Anaconda hangs at boot
Summary: Anaconda hangs at boot
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: kernel
Version: 11
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Kernel Maintainer List
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2009-03-22 16:57 UTC by Tom Diehl
Modified: 2010-06-28 11:32 UTC (History)
5 users (show)

Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2010-06-28 11:32:17 UTC

Attachments (Terms of Use)
Screen shot of machine when it hangs. (3.49 MB, image/jpeg)
2009-03-22 16:57 UTC, Tom Diehl
no flags Details
lower resolution screenshot of hang (155.62 KB, image/jpeg)
2009-03-25 03:18 UTC, Chuck Ebbert
no flags Details
/proc/cpuinfo for the system in question (482 bytes, text/plain)
2009-04-02 14:43 UTC, Tom Diehl
no flags Details
lspci -vv (8.75 KB, text/plain)
2009-04-02 14:45 UTC, Tom Diehl
no flags Details

External Trackers
Tracker ID Priority Status Summary Last Updated
Linux Kernel 13002 None None None Never

Description Tom Diehl 2009-03-22 16:57:17 UTC
Created attachment 336204 [details]
Screen shot of machine when it hangs.

Description of problem: anaconda hangs at boot on inspiron 2650.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable): Latest rawhide as of 22 Mar 09

How reproducible: pxe boot the machine and watch it hang

Steps to Reproduce:
1. pxe boot the machine and watch the inital boot progress.

Actual results: Machine hangs

Expected results: machine boots normally

Additional info: screen shot attached

Comment 1 Chuck Ebbert 2009-03-25 03:18:08 UTC
Created attachment 336582 [details]
lower resolution screenshot of hang

Comment 2 Tom Diehl 2009-04-02 14:43:18 UTC
Created attachment 337827 [details]
/proc/cpuinfo for the system in question

The attachment is the output of /proc/cpuinfo. I was able to get rawhide working by installing F10 and doing a yum upgrade. Unfortunately, neither the i586 or the PAE kernel will boot. They still hang as shown in the previous screenshot. I tried it again this AM with the{i586,PAE} kernels but it still hangs. I am currently using the to get the machine to boot.

The machine is an inspiron 2650 with 512Megs of memory in it. 

Is there some switch I can try booting with that might help troubleshoot this problem? I would really like to test fc11 but I am not able due to this problem.

Comment 3 Tom Diehl 2009-04-02 14:45:03 UTC
Created attachment 337828 [details]
lspci -vv

lspic -vv in case it is useful.

Comment 4 Tom Diehl 2009-04-11 17:12:22 UTC
I tried installing again with today's rawhide (11 Apr 2009) and no change. I then tried installing with acpi=off and the boot sequence gets further. During the boot I see the following errors:

/sbin/dbus-daemon: Error While Loading Shared Libraries: libAudit.so.0 Cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

Couldn't connect to systemBus: failed to connect to socket /var/run/dbus/system_bus_socket: no such file or directory.

Then an ncurses box comes up and says There was an error configuring your network interface with a retry or cancel box. At that point I aborted the install.

I then booted the machine with the PAE kernel and the acpi=off switch. The machine gets further in th eboot swquence but it hangs with the last line that says:

apm:Biosversion 1.2 flags 0x03 (driver version 1.16AC).

I then tried booting the with a acpi=off switch and the machine comes up and plays.

cat /proc/cpuinfo shows pae in the flags.

Is there any possibility anyone will look into this or am I wasting my time even filing this bug?

Is there a different switch I should be using instead of disabling acpi completely? F9 and F10 did not require this on this machine.

Comment 5 Bug Zapper 2009-06-09 12:29:24 UTC
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:

Comment 6 Patrick Barnes 2009-06-23 08:04:01 UTC
Just ran into this problem.  The following kernel parameters allowed the system to boot (using PAE build):

 acpi=off apm=off

I will do some further testing and report back if I can find anything.

Comment 7 Patrick Barnes 2009-06-23 08:25:31 UTC
This appears to be related:



This kernel parameter did allow the notebook to boot:


Comment 8 Patrick Barnes 2009-06-23 09:24:02 UTC
Using pci=noacpi seems to be the best workaround available.  The bug at kernel.org seems like a solid lead.  Hopefully, there will be a resolution before Fedora 12.

A separate issue, but potentially still of interest to anyone that hits this bug...

The graphical stage of the installation did not launch with the auto-detected video driver.  I added the following kernel parameter to work around the problem:


I did choose an upgrade to the video card when I originally purchased this notebook, so YMMV.

Comment 9 Bug Zapper 2010-04-27 13:17:27 UTC
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Comment 10 Bug Zapper 2010-06-28 11:32:17 UTC
Fedora 11 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on 2010-06-25. Fedora 11 is 
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