Bug 521746 - kernel boot hangs on ThinkPad X61 (Intel i915 graphics)
Summary: kernel boot hangs on ThinkPad X61 (Intel i915 graphics)
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: kernel
Version: 11
Hardware: i686
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Kernel Maintainer List
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
URL: http://www.smolts.org/client/show/pub...
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Reported: 2009-09-08 05:50 UTC by Ben Liblit
Modified: 2009-10-27 10:05 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2009-10-27 10:05:48 UTC

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Description Ben Liblit 2009-09-08 05:50:01 UTC
kernel- hangs during boot on my ThinkPad X61 laptop.  The same problem appeared in all kernel-* releases as well.  The last kernel which booted successfully was kernel-  I did not try any kernel-* release, so all I can say is that something broke between kernel- and kernel-

If I remove "quiet rhgb" from the kernel command line to try to see where it is hanging, I see various text stream by and then the display changes resolution and is cleared.  At this point it hangs, showing only a blinking text cursor on the screen.

If I remove "quiet rhgb" and also add "i915.modeset=0" to the kernel command line, then I can see that the following were the last lines printed before the hang:

	input: Video Bus as /devices/LNXSYSTM:00/device:00/PNP0A08:00/device:02/input/input6
	ACPI: Video Device [VID] (multi-head: yes  rom: no  post: no)
	[drm] Initialized i915 1.6.0 20080730 for 0000:00:02.0 on minor 0

Searching for this in the dmesg output of a successful boot, I can see that the next text that *would* have appeared would probably be:

	kjournald starting.  Commit interval 5 seconds
	EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.

Hopefully that gives a narrow-enough interval to help diagnose what went wrong.  Personally, I suspect something video-related, but that might be a red herring.

Incidentally, once booting hangs, the kernel is not completely dead.  It is still alive enough to respond to Control-Alt-Delete by printing the following messages before rebooting:

	md: stopping all md devices.
	sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Synchronizing SCSI cache
	Restarting system.
	machine restart

Comment 1 Ben Liblit 2009-09-08 05:57:35 UTC
URL field set to the affected machine's smolt profile, in case more hardware details are needed.

Comment 2 Daisuke Tonoki 2009-09-09 04:14:57 UTC
I maybe have same problem on ThinkPad X300.
Do you use PAE kernel?
My simple workaround is that, do not use kernel-PAE.


Comment 3 Ben Liblit 2009-09-09 17:04:35 UTC
No, I am not using the PAE kernel.

Comment 4 Vedran Miletić 2009-10-26 11:31:16 UTC
Can you retry with Fedora 12 Beta LiveCD?

Comment 5 Ben Liblit 2009-10-27 02:14:29 UTC
Fedora 12 Beta works fine.

Strictly speaking, I did not use a LiveCD, as the X61 model has no optical drive.  I used liveusb-creator to build a bootable Fedora 12 Beta Live USB flash drive, which worked perfectly.

Comment 6 Vedran Miletić 2009-10-27 10:05:48 UTC
Oh, of course. I forgot to check that. But it should be equivalent in some way.

Thanks for reporting back. Apparently it will be fixed when Fedora 12 comes out.

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