Bug 73324 - installer hangs on ibm microdrive partition check
installer hangs on ibm microdrive partition check
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Arjan van de Ven
Brock Organ
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Reported: 2002-09-02 20:11 EDT by Alastair Wiggins
Modified: 2008-08-01 12:22 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-09-30 11:39:53 EDT
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Screenshot from installer (1.03 MB, image/jpeg)
2002-09-02 20:13 EDT, Alastair Wiggins
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Description Alastair Wiggins 2002-09-02 20:11:15 EDT
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Description of problem:
I am trying to install Red Hat 7.3 on an ICP ROCKY-3732EVS Single Board 
Computer (SBC). This features a Compact Flash (CFII) socket that accepts IBM's 
1GB Microdrive. This appears as a secondary master on the IDE and is recognised 
by Linux on boot-up, but when the OS tries to carry out a partition check, the 
screen just freezes after displaying "hdc".

I have successfully installed Mandrake 8.1 on this Microdrive, plus I have been 
told by our PC supplier that they have successfully installed Red Hat 7.2.

If I fit a standard hard disk on the primary IDE channel, then Red Hat 7.3 
installs and boots up OK, but only when the Microdrive is removed or I issue 
the boot parameter "linux hdc=noprobe".

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Insert microdrive in CFII socket
2. Insert Red Hat 7.3 Installation CDROM in CD drive
3. Turn on PC

Actual Results:  Linux successfully recognises IBM microdrive on hdc, but when 
it attempts a partition check, the system hangs.

Expected Results:  Linux should have displayed the existing partitions and 
continued with installation process.

Additional info:

I have attached a screenshot from the installation process.
Comment 1 Alastair Wiggins 2002-09-02 20:13:32 EDT
Created attachment 74564 [details]
Screenshot from installer
Comment 2 Michael Fulbright 2002-09-03 12:01:04 EDT
This is hanging in the kernel at the start, the installer has not begun to run yet.

You might want to check that there is a valid partition table on the microdrive.

Comment 3 Alastair Wiggins 2002-09-03 22:48:53 EDT
The microdrive came formatted with a FAT partition. I have subsequently 
installed Mandrake Linux 8.1 on it, which obviously repartitioned and formatted 
the drive successfully.
Comment 4 Igor Baranovskyy 2002-09-11 10:34:42 EDT
Installation Red Hat 7.3 hangs on 'partition check' on Ultra DMA 4
drive, but pass fine Ultra DMA 2 and Ultra DMA 5 drives.
Award BIOS 6 version, Sony Vayo desktop PC - PCV-RX650.

Comment 5 Bugzilla owner 2004-09-30 11:39:53 EDT
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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