Bug 5556 - False SMP Multi Processor Detection bug
False SMP Multi Processor Detection bug
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: installer (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Jay Turner
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Reported: 1999-10-04 22:23 EDT by ikes
Modified: 2015-01-07 18:38 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 1999-10-20 14:46:24 EDT
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Description ikes 1999-10-04 22:23:54 EDT
After completing an upgrade from RH6.0 to RH6.1 on a 200Mhz
Pentium MMX SINGLE PROCESSOR machine on a dual processor
mother board (Tyan TomcatIV), the installer automaticly
installed an SMP kernel, which then prevented the machine
from booting.  (We used the graphical installer from an NFS
image on the local lan, options were DHCP & etherlink III)

Ike Stewart
Comment 1 ikes 1999-10-04 22:39:59 EDT
Additional information, it appears that the installer re configured
lilo so the the default "linux" option linked to the SMP kernel, but
also left a "linux-up" (uni-processor?) option that does result in the
machine booting the single processor kernel.

------- Additional Comments From   10/10/99 14:48 -------
Same problem on SuperMicro P6DGE motherboard. SMP Kernel installed
also does not perform power off with poweroff or halt commands.
Comment 2 Jeremy Katz 1999-10-13 00:05:59 EDT
APM poweroff is not a safe operation to do under SMP (actually, APM
isn't defined at all under SMP).  Therefore, it doesn't do so.

The installer did correctly and detected the dual processor
motherboard; there is no way to know if there is a processor in the
Comment 3 Alan Cox 1999-10-15 16:20:59 EDT
Its up to the BIOS to avoid providing a table for 2 CPUs when there
is not a dual CPU setup present. If the BIOS doesn't ask the vendor
for an upgrade. Because some of these boards assumed the table is
burned into ROM you may however be out of luck.
Comment 4 Jay Turner 1999-10-20 14:46:59 EDT
The installer is looking for an SMP capatible motherboard, and upon
finding that, will install the SMP kernel and make it the default. The
solution to the problem is to boot the uniprocessor kernel (which is
installed as well by default . . . just type "linux-up" at the lilo
prompt) and then modify /etc/lilo.conf to remove the entry for the SMP
kernel and then rerun lilo to affect the change.

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