Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 49385
Installer lock on Athlon with 7.1
Last modified: 2007-03-26 23:47:06 EDT
Description of Problem:
Computer boots and gets to a blue screen and hangs. If done with a text
expert install, it freezes with the blue screen after asking for a driver
disk. Last message on vc3 is "loop fd is 9" and vc4 is a scsi subsystem
HAve tried the following options: noapic apm=off nousb ide=nodma nopcmcia
Hardware is a AMD AThlon 600 P7f200a2 motheraoard? b
Not sure on the motherboard model, this is what it appears to be but is
difficult to read.
It is an all IDE system, with a 15G hd on hda, and the cdrom on hdc. The HD
is westren digital, and he cd is an unknown manufactuer.
Also saw this on a K6 233 by same customer.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot installer
Try booting with 'linux ide=nodma'. I've tried 7.1 on quite a few Athlon
systems with no trouble. Also, you may have to specify the amount of RAM
manually. On my machine at home, I have to say 'linux mem=255MB' to get it to
see all my memory. Otherwise, the kernel only sees 16MB of memory, which causes
the kernel all kinds of problems.
So, have them try 'linux ide=nodma' and if that doesn't work, try 'linux
ide=nodma mem=xxxMB' where xxx is the amount of RAM in the system.
I was able to install 7.1 on the athlon by using a boot floppy with the 7.0
installer and the 7.1 cds. The 7.1 installer never did work, but I was able to
work around it. I will not be buying mystery brand mainboards anymore. I was
able to use the 7.1 installer on the k6-233 with the following: "text expert
ide=nodma nopcmcia nousb apm=off" The 233's mainboard is a SiS 530.
firstname.lastname@example.org, have you had any luck on this issue? I apologize for
suggesting 'linux ide=nodma', which you said you had already tried. Can you see
anything interesting on VC3 or VC4?
unfourtunetly email@example.com was the one with the actual bug. I was
reporting it because I recieved the support call.
The most intresting thing I recall from vc3 or vc4 was a "no cardbus found" and
a "loop fd is 9" (which, if I'm guessing correctly, is a major number for a
device? and 9 is md0? where as loop is 7,0 like on my system it reports
correctly as loop is fd 0?)
Unfortunetly, weithout more information on what the brand of motherboard is, I
can't even try to aquire one to reproduce this problem on.
Personally, I'd like to know what's causing this on the athlon, in case it's not
an isolated case.
Here is what google turned up on my Athlon's motherboard. It's a rather cheap
one and I really should replace it:
We don't have this kind of motherboard in the test lab. firstname.lastname@example.org, do
you have one of these boards?
Closing due to inactivity. Please reopen if you have more information.