Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 55000
Initial boot after 7.2 upgrade on Athlon platform oopses kernel
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:37:44 EDT
Description of Problem: After a 7.2 upgrade from a 7.1 with kernel 2.4.12, Athlon mobo with Via chipset oopses during boot during rc.* startup.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable): kernel 2.4.7
How Reproducible: every time
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Upgrade 7.1 to 7.2 (I suspect this kernel won't work with an install either)
2. Boot machine.
3.During rc.* startup, usually rc.sysinit, kernel oopses in non-deterministic locations.
Actual Results: kernel oopses
Expected Results: It should have booted.
Additional Information:Abit KT7A motherboard - KT133A chipset from Via.
This is a well-known issue, discussed within the kernel mailing list for some time now. I had hoped that the "extensively patched" 2.4.7 kernel with 7.2 included a fix for this, or at least installation of a PII or a PIII kernel instead of the Athlon kernel. I'll have to boot into rescue mode and/or figure out grub enough to boot the 2.4.12 that's still there.
There's no fix currently that we can ship, unfortionatly.
However you can type "noathlon" after the kernel commandline (type "e" in grub
to edit an entry, then go to the second line, and edit that one to append
noathlon to it) and that makes it work again.
See also bug 55040
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 55040 ***