Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 53168
crash due to swapon() failure
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:36:51 EDT
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Description of problem:
Cannot install on new Dell Latitude 810 w/512MB of memory.
The problems seems to be the 1024MB swap partition. I tried
creating the partition with PartitionMagic 6.0, Disk Druid,
and fdisk. No difference. It fails when it tries to enable
swapping. I tried installing without a swap partition and
then the install fails later during the package installs.
Even when installing "no" packages, it fails with an
"out of memory" error from anaconda.
The system has Win2K installed in a 4GB partition.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Insert 7.1 install CD
2. Create /boot(32MB), /(18GB), <swap>(1GB) partitions
3. answer questions & press [next]
Actual Results: Anaconda crashed
Expected Results: Duh? Install linux.
Created attachment 30876 [details]
anaconda stack dump
The same problem occurs on Dell Ispiron 8100.The Red Hat 7.0 does not seem to
One of the virtual consoles listed this error:
Unable to handle swap header version 256
It looks like sys_swapon() in mm/swapfile.c is
expecting a version number of 1.
This is very odd. Please try switching to VC2 (Alt+F2) and run:
(make sure hda7 is set up for the swap space correctly)
check VC4 for more errors.
If it still fails, boot with "linux ide=nodma" and see if that helps.
We have several Inspiron 8000 machines here, we don't see the problem. I will
also be checking with Dell tomorrow about this.
It is specifically new Inspiron 8100 that fails. 8000 is just fine
dell is investigating.
*** Bug 53330 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
I had the same problem with a Dell Latitude C800. The boot with "linux ide=nodma" suggestion made by msw worked for me. The Latitude C800
has a DVD-CDRW drive that Dell describes as "313-3156 Internal 6-4-4-24X DVD with Software/CD Read Write Combo"
I installed RH7.0 on my Dell I8100,
-(P3-1.13, 512 MB Crucial Ram, Geforce 32MB, 20 GB Hitachi DK23CA-20 HHD)
The install was uneventful (no unexpected errors/difficulties).
I have Win2k on another partition.
I then performed an Upgrade to RH7.1:
There were no apparent errors during the upgrade, however afer reboot,
-fstab was missing (and / was gone)
-after repairing fstab, there was severe filesystem corruption during boot.
Another scenario I tried:
With a clean install:
I noticed that if I changed the swap partition during an install of RH7.1
(deleted an existing one, and created a new one with fdisk or disk druid
1M,2M,50M,1G in sizes),
I could finish the install (no apparent errors), but after restart, would
experience similar filesystem corruption during boot as mentioned above.
Just a datapoint:
Date: Sat, 20 Oct 2001 14:39:19 -0700 (PDT)
From: Mark Vojkovich <email@example.com>
To: XFree86 devel list <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Content-Type: TEXT/PLAIN; charset=US-ASCII
Subject: Re: Nvidia status document:
On Sat, 20 Oct 2001, Thomas Witzel wrote:
> What means GeForce2 Go is not supported ? XFree runs on mine...
Some people have said the Toshiba laptops work with the "nv" driver.
I've never seen it work, and frankly, I don't see how it can. It
certainly doesn't work on the one we have here. Must be some sort
of bios miracle you are seeing. The "nv" driver definitely does not
support the GeForce2 Go in terms of having code required to make
it work for the general case.
We used text mode setup. After configuring and just before
installation began, we switched to VC2 (Alt+F2) and
did a mkswap /tmp/hda6 (or whatever your swap partition is).
The device file was already there (no need to mknod) at that
point. Installation continued normally.
RedHat 7.2 did not have this issue. Install was normal.