Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 73691
(IDE)Installer hangs - problems with I/O and Formatting
Last modified: 2008-08-01 12:22:52 EDT
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Description of problem:
RedHat 7.3 Personal Version installation halts during formatting - perhaps
I am attempting to install RedHat 7.3 on a Compaq 4824 Desktop system contains
a Pentium II-MMX, 233 Mhz with 512 KB of cache, 64 MB memory, QUANTUM BIGFOOT
CY6480A (6,202 MB)hard drive, floppy, 24X CDROM, 56 KB Model, AATI3D Rage Pro
AGP 2X graphics controller, JBL speakers, enhanced keyboard, 2-button mouse.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
The following represents my failed attempts at installing LINUX on my desktop
(Attempt #1) Installation script halts when in the "Installing Packages"
window. This happens for both the GUI and text install scripts. When program
halts, I see a status bar on the screen titled "Formatting / filesystem". The
bar appears to be about 10% towards completion. The hard disk status light is
on, but I hear no disk activity within the desktop. At this point, the system
This problem occurs when I attempt to install LINUX and also attempt to install
LINUX in dual-boot mode with Windows 95.
(Attempt #2) As suggested by RedHat support, I tried the following boot options
with no success: linux hda=nodma, linux ide0=noautotune, linux apic hda=nodma,
linux apic text, linux pci=biosirq.
(Attempt #3) I went into "linux rescue" mode and went into a shell. I typed
The output looked like this:
Device Boot Start ENd BLocks ID System
/dev/hda1 * 1 7 5288+ 83 Linux
/dev/hda2 8 814 6100920 83 Linux
/dev/hda3 815 840 196560 82 Linux swap
I then ran
mke2fs -c -v -j /dev/hda1 #ext3 file system
The installation program successful checked for bad blocks, wrote the inode
table, and then created a journal, but then froze when it started to write the
superblocks and filesystem accounting information. The disk status light was
lit up without blinking.
I then ran
mke2fs -c -v /dev/hda1 #ext2 file system
!!! This actually was successful !!!
I then ran
mke2fs -c -v /dev/hda2
This completed the checking for bad blocks but froze on the writing of inode
tables. It froze on inode table 13/47.
Actual Results: System hangs with the hard disk status light turned "on"
continuously. That being said, I hear no disk activity and have to turn the
system off then on to reboot. (Cntl-Alt-Del does NOT reboot the system.)
Expected Results: LINUX should partitioned the disk and installed the packages.
Note that I can install Windows 95 on this system without a problem.
I have attempted to dual-boot the system using the GUI-installer (anaconda).
The system halts just as in LINUX-only mode.
Assigning to kernel.
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