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Bug 76542 - Installer kernel hangs on boot
Installer kernel hangs on boot
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
athlon Linux
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Assigned To: Arjan van de Ven
Brian Brock
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Reported: 2002-10-22 23:38 EDT by Henry Burroughs
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:47 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2003-06-05 09:35:38 EDT
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redhat 8.0 cd 1 rebuild script (7.81 KB, text/plain)
2002-11-01 13:35 EST, Henry Burroughs
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Description Henry Burroughs 2002-10-22 23:38:40 EDT
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Description of problem:
When I boot the install cd the kernel hangs at this message:
enabled ExtINT on CPU #0
ESR value before enabling vector: 00000002
I have to reset the system; (ctrl-alt-delete) does not work

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. boot install cd
2. kernel hangs

Actual Results:  The kernel hangs at the above error message

Expected Results:  The kernel to finish loading

Additional info:

My system is an AMD Athlon XP 1600+ (1.4 Ghz) running on a PC CHIPS
(www.pcwave.com) M825 board (via KM266 Northbridge & VT8233 Southbridge)
Matrox G400 Max, Adaptec 2940U2W SCSI card

Redhat 7.3 installs/boots properly
Comment 1 Henry Burroughs 2002-10-22 23:42:17 EDT
Whoops, I forgot to mention that I tried the 'linux noapic' , with no change in
Comment 2 Need Real Name 2002-10-24 17:04:13 EDT
Exact same problem on a PCChips M825LMR MBoard w/ Duron 13.Ghz, have tried 
following kernel parameters: noapic apm=off pci=noacpi mem=nopentium as well as 
all those mentioned on the install screen, none had any effect changing bios  
did nothing also. NB. RH7.3 works fine
I guess we got ripped buying PCChips
Comment 3 Henry Burroughs 2002-10-25 13:51:24 EDT
The problem is with "Local APIC support on uniprocessors" option under
"Processor type and features".  It is enabled on the 2.4.18-14BOOT kernel.  The
regular 2.4.18-14 kernel RPMS will install and boot on a 7.3 system. I've been
attempting to build a new bootdisk (or cdrom), and I am having limited success.
 So basically, we need a new boot.img with the Local APIC options turned off. =)
  My disk might actually work for you (I can get into the installer, but hit an
anaconda bug... it's not loading the ext3,lvm-mod, etc modules so I can't
partition) if you don't have an adaptec SCSI card that uses the aic7xxx
driver.... I think I have found info for another bug (either existing or new),
and I'm not ready to post for it yet...

FMI: I'm using the kernel-2.4.18-14BOOT.rpm and using the website:
http://www.reptechnic.com.au/kickstart.html to pull apart and build a new disk.
Oh, and the kernel-***BOOT.config file in ./config under the 2.4.18-14 kernel
source directory.... and "make oldconfig" i copy the boot config file .config
and run "make oldconfig"
Comment 4 John Hall 2002-10-28 10:40:43 EST
I am having the same problem on an ECS K7VMM (KM266 NB and VT8233 SB) with an
Athlon XP 1800+.  I have tried installing with 'linux noapic' but it still hangs
after displaying the message "ESR value before enabling vector: 00000002". 
RH7.3 installs fine, though.
Comment 5 Henry Burroughs 2002-10-28 12:57:57 EST
Great news!! I am now running RedHat 8.0!  I have built a script to build a new
redhat 8.0 cd 1 (it automates the recompiling of the kernel, rebuilding the
image files, and making a new .iso).  I am currently cleaning it up and fixing a
few things, but otherwise it works great!!!!  I hope to have that posted within
a few days.  So a workaround now exists.
Comment 6 Henry Burroughs 2002-11-01 13:35:26 EST
Created attachment 83064 [details]
redhat 8.0 cd 1 rebuild script
Comment 7 Henry Burroughs 2002-11-01 13:41:59 EST
To clarify what RPMS are necessary (using rh 7.3 as a base) from the 8.0 cd:

kernel-source-2.4.18-14.i386.rpm  (cd 1)
glibc-devel-2.2.93-5.i386.rpm (cd 2)
glibc-2.2.93-5.i686.rpm (cd 2)
glibc-common-2.2.93-5.i386.rpm (cd 2)

just run "rpm -Uvh ...." where .... is all the above kernel/glibc files (you may
want to copy them all to /tmp so you can install them at once and solve the

Thanks jhall!

If you have any problems, let me know.
Comment 8 John Hall 2002-11-02 22:18:55 EST
I can confirm that the script from burrouhb does build a working install CD that
successfully installs Red Hat Linux 8.0 on my ECS K7VMM system.  I am now
running Red Hat Linux 8.0.

Thanks burrouhb!
Comment 9 Need Real Name 2002-11-03 22:30:17 EST
I should have written to this bug report sooner but regardless the bug is 
solved on my machine as well, thanks to burrouhb@acm.org's script.
Thanks to him I think this bug is now closed.
Comment 10 Alan Cox 2003-06-05 09:35:38 EDT
For RH9 we switched off the local apic support due to these sort of problems

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