Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 68670
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:44:06 EDT
Description of Problem:
I cannot install redhat on my notebook hp xe4500
misterious bug: w2k works without any problem.
I can install redhat 7.0 without any problem.
If I install redhat 7.3 it leads to a complete mess,
sometimes the harddisk could not be identfied. sometimes
it cannot format the desired partitions.
If I have installed a rh 7.0 and I am going to update the
then the installation procedure is not able to find a previous
ibm harddisk 30GB
If I use a different harddisk IBM 4.5 GB.
it works without any problem.
If I plug the harddisk in a different PC it works without
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. just install
Created attachment 65105 [details]
anaconda error log
There are alot of IDE errors coming from the /dev/hda device.
I'm not sure if this is a kernel IDE driver bug or an indication the drive is
thanks for the comment, but what can I do about it?
now I kow that the disk is not defekt, I have 30 identical notebooks and tested
several. the same behaviour.
I am not an expert, I am not able to debug IDE driver software.
can you try passing "ide=nodma" to the installer?
eg type "linux ide=nodma" at the very first syslinux screen?
I am sorry to say that it does not help either :-(
The 2.4 kernel (or some parts, I am no expert) has bugs with ide drives!
Therefore, install the system (RH7.3) on a functional disk (ibm travelstar
4.6GB) download the kernel 2.5.29i, compile and install it.
Phuu it works!
Sorry I forgot to mention:
The final working partitions (with the new kernel) have to be moved to the
destination disk. I used ghost.