Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 493518
Fedora 9 does not have virtio PXE ROM - PXE booting Fedora 10 guests under virt-manager fails
Last modified: 2009-07-14 11:01:47 EDT
Description of problem:
If the "PXE Install" option is selected, when the finish button is clicked a popup appears that says:
Unable to complete install: 'internal error QEMU quit during console startup
No valid PXE rom found for network device
virt-manager should not try to create a virtual machine with a virtual ethernet device that doesn't have a pxe boot rom, and it should have a better error message. I don't know what file is missing because the error message doesn't say.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
I tried this with 0.7.0 and the bug is still there
See also bug 489823, but I think this is more than just a documentation issue because a non-working option is offered to the user.
Created attachment 337716 [details]
What versions of virt-manager, python-virtinst, libvirt, qemu and kvm are you using?
Is this a KVM guest or a QEMU guest?
Please attach ~/.virt-manager/virt-manager.log and /var/log/libvirt/qemu/$(guest).log
The versions of everything are whatever the current fc9 packages are.
KVM. That was the default and I didn't think changing it would make any difference. I just tried and the virtual machine does indeed start up when I change the hypervisor to kqemu. That was with virt-manager 0.6.0. With 0.7.0 that I downloaded from the virt-manager website the virtual machine starts but an error popup appears.
There is no /var/log/libvirt/qemu/ directory
Created attachment 338063 [details]
Created attachment 338066 [details]
This is a screenshot of the error virt-manager 0.7.0 gave me when starting up a kqemu virt machine booting via PSXE
Listing the exact versions of qemu, libvirt, python-virtinst and virt-manager would make things easier. Please do in future, thanks
/var/log/libvirt/qemu/ should exist - maybe only newer versions of libvirt create it.
The virt-manager 0.7.0 error is fixed in rawhide with:
You'd be better off reverting to the official F9 version.
The "No valid PXE rom found for network device" error is because /usr/share/qemu/pxe-virtio.bin doesn't exist on F9. It was introduced in Fedora 11.
As a workaround try using a different distro version - when installing a Fedora 10 guest, virt-manager will make the guest use virtio which isn't going to work. So, try e.g. saying the guest is Fedora 9.
Please let us know if that works
Trying a fedora 9 guest didn't work either :(
(In reply to comment #7)
> Trying a fedora 9 guest didn't work either :(
Try Fedora 8?
Please attach the virt-manager.log excerpt from this failure - e.g. I would not expect to see:
in the domain's XML.
Created attachment 338341 [details]
Trying Fedora 8 (after I uploaded the log file) did indeed start a vm trying to PXE boot. I didn't proceed to actually boot something, but I should be able to boot Fedora 9/10/11 after selecting Fedora 8, right?
Great, thanks for confirming.
Okay, summary is:
F9 does not have a PXE ROM for virtio; virt-manager/virtinst should never
try and PXE boot a guest using a virtio NIC, even if the guest is F9/10/11
What RPM of virt-manager do you have installed in Fedora 9 host ?
AFAIK, we have not released 0.7.0 for a Fedora 9 update.
kvm in f9 doesn't allow PXE booting with a virtio interface. virtinst 0.400.0 is hardcoded to work around it, but that was reverted in 0.400.1 and later, since F10 kvm at least no longer complained.
My guess is the reporter pulled virtinst 0.400.3 out of updates-testing which doesn't have the workaround (which I'll fix).
I first filed this bug after trying with the released virt-manager and with 0.7.0 that I built from source.
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