Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 54046
Installer cannot format large partition on Abit dual-cpu mobo
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:37:22 EDT
From Bugzilla Helper:
User-Agent: Mozilla/4.76 [en] (X11; U; Linux 2.4.2-2 i686)
Description of problem:
I attempted to install on a "naked" machine with an Abit VP6 dual-PIII
motherboard. The disk was a 40G IBM IDE (ATA 100). I requested a /home
partition of about 32G and the installer locked up completely when
formatting this partition. / and /usr/local were formatted successfully
prior to this. I removed the hard drive, installed it into a machine with
a single-cpu Asus motherboard, and the installation had no problems
whatsoever. The OS seems to work after returning the HD to the original
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Attempt to install on a system with this particular configuration
Actual Results: Failure to format new disk
Expected Results: Successful installation
Unfortunately, the lock-up was so severe that I have no further
diagnostics. I couldn't even get out of the X console (I was doing the
graphical installation) to the error console.
So far I'm 0 for 2 on installing directly on dual-PIII systems :-( albeit
for apparently different reasons.
If you tried again on this machine, was the hang reproducible. Also, how much
RAM do you have available?
I tried three times with exactly the same result each time. This machine (the
one on which the installation failed) has 2G of RAM; the machine on which it
succeeded has 512M.
Try to switch to VC4 before the formatting starts, see if the kernel reports any
errors. I figure this is hardware/kernel related.
Closing due to inactivity. Please reopen if you have more information.