Bug 510844 - F11 fails to install
F11 fails to install
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Anaconda Maintenance Team
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2009-07-11 10:22 EDT by Vladimir Ivanovic
Modified: 2010-01-20 13:46 EST (History)
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Description Vladimir Ivanovic 2009-07-11 10:22:05 EDT
Description of problem:
Installation of F11 using the livecd fails when the driver for a SATA disk is not found. The disk in question is controlled by a SiI 3124 PCI-X Serial ATA Controller. The installation gui reports a fatal error and returns to the beginning.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot the F11 Live CD.
2. Answer the initial questions until an error is reported
Actual results:
Installation failure; the gui reports and error and restarts the installation process.

Expected results:
Continued execution of the installation process.

Additional info:
The workaround is to disconnect the SATA disk. Of course, if this is your boot disk, you're completely hosed.

Here's output from 'lshw':

product: SiI 3124 PCI-X Serial ATA Controller [1095:3124]
vendor: Silicon Image, Inc. [1095]
bus info: pci@0000:00:09.0
logical name: scsi6
version: 01
width: 64 bits
clock: 66MHz
	Power Management,
	Message Signalled Interrupts,
	bus mastering,
	PCI capabilities listing,
	extension ROM,
	Emulated device
	driver: sata_sil24
	latency: 32
	irq: 19
	memory: bb000000-bb00007f
	memory: ba800000-ba807fff
	ioport: 9800(size=16)
	memory: f8000000-f807ffff(prefetchable)
Comment 1 Chris Lumens 2009-07-13 09:55:28 EDT
Please attach the complete traceback to this bug report so we can see what's going on and have a chance of fixing it.  Thanks.
Comment 2 Vladimir Ivanovic 2009-07-13 11:07:23 EDT
Sorry, a traceback is no longer available. But this shouldn't be much of an impediment if a driver for the SiI 3124 *is not* included on the F11 Live CD: just include it. 

OTOH, if the driver *is* included, you have a different problem. If this is the case, then I can generate a log file by shutting down my server and booting off the Live CD. 

BTW, the disk in question *is not* the system disk (i.e. it does not contain "/" or "/boot").
Comment 3 Chris Lumens 2009-07-13 13:16:56 EDT
Often times, we find that people believe the problem to be related to something seemingly obvious, when that turns out to not be the case.  In order for us to make sure we have a good understanding of the problem (and perhaps what the true underlying cause could be), we really do need to see the traceback.  It's also not always possible for us to reproduce problems ourselves due to hardware availability, what was preexisting on the system, etc.

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