Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 510844
F11 fails to install
Last modified: 2010-01-20 13:46:57 EST
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.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot the F11 Live CD.
2. Answer the initial questions until an error is reported
Installation failure; the gui reports and error and restarts the installation process.
Continued execution of the installation process.
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. 
bus info: pci@0000:00:09.0
logical name: scsi6
width: 64 bits
Message Signalled Interrupts,
PCI capabilities listing,
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.
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").
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.