Bug 53871 - (SCSI AIC7XXX)Installer Hangs while Installing Packages
Summary: (SCSI AIC7XXX)Installer Hangs while Installing Packages
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: kernel
Version: 7.1
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Arjan van de Ven
QA Contact: Brock Organ
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2001-09-20 14:55 UTC by Steve Joiner
Modified: 2008-08-01 16:22 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Last Closed: 2004-09-30 15:39:10 UTC

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Description Steve Joiner 2001-09-20 14:55:12 UTC
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Description of problem:
My system is as follows:

ASUS CUV4X-E Motherboard
1 GHz P3
Adaptec 29160 SCSI Controller
Two IBM 36G 10,000 RPM U160 Hard Drives

I am raiding the two hard drives.  I set up the partitions with Disk 
Druid.  My partition info is as follows:

Mount Point Device Requested Actual Type
<Swap>      sda5   128M      133M   Linux Swap
<Swap>      sdb5   128M      133M   Linux Swap
/boot       md0              31M    RAID1[sda1, sdb1]
/           md1              34836M RAID1 [sda6, sdb6]

I am having the installer format both the / and the /boot partitions.

The "use linear mode" box is checked, but I am not specifying any kernel 

I am selecting the "everything" option on the package selection page.

The installer formats the drives and then begins to install the packages.  
Somewhere between 0% and 25% of the install, the installer hangs 
completely.  The mouse won't move, and I can't switch to a virtual console 
to see the log messages.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Select installation options as described above.
2. Proceed with install.
3. The installer hangs while installing packages.

Actual Results:  The installer hangs while installing packages.  The hang 
happens on different packages each time, but always hangs between 0% and 

Expected Results:  The installer shouldn't hang.  All the packages should 
be installed correctly.

Additional info:

I tried various combinations of nousb, ide=nodma, and nofb for the 
installer options, but they didn't fix the problem.  I also tried the boot 
disk that supposedly fixed the 29160 problem with the 440GX motherboard 
(even though I have a different motherboard), but that didn't fix the 
problem either.

Comment 1 Brent Fox 2001-09-20 16:19:08 UTC
Are these cd's that you downloaded and burned yourself?

Comment 2 Steve Joiner 2001-09-20 17:22:09 UTC
I ordered the CD's from cheapbytes.com.  I have used the same CD's to install
RH7.1 on 4 other machines (with different hardware, of course) and had no problems.

Comment 3 Steve Joiner 2001-09-21 17:00:09 UTC
No, I did not download and burn them myself.  I ordered the CD's from
cheapbytes.com.  I have used the same CD's to install RH7.1 on 4 other machines
(with different hardware, of course) and had no problems.

Comment 4 Brent Fox 2001-09-21 18:08:28 UTC
I'm going to change the component to the kernel since it appears this problem
may be related to the Adaptec driver.

Comment 5 Steve Joiner 2001-09-21 21:58:37 UTC
When this bug was switched to kernel, I looked through the kernel bugs and saw
the stuff about the experimental driver (aic7xxx_mod).  I started the install
with the noprobe option and selected the aic7xxx_mod driver, but unfortunately
this didn't fix the problem.  The installer locked up while formatting my

Comment 6 Steve Joiner 2001-09-25 20:13:59 UTC
Is there anything else I can do to help gather info on this?

Comment 7 Bugzilla owner 2004-09-30 15:39:10 UTC
Thanks for the bug report. However, Red Hat no longer maintains this version of
the product. Please upgrade to the latest version and open a new bug if the problem

The Fedora Legacy project (http://fedoralegacy.org/) maintains some older releases, 
and if you believe this bug is interesting to them, please report the problem in
the bug tracker at: http://bugzilla.fedora.us/

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