Bug 78177 - kernel panic if no hard drive installed
Summary: kernel panic if no hard drive installed
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: kernel
Version: 9
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Arjan van de Ven
QA Contact: Brian Brock
Depends On:
Blocks: 79578
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Reported: 2002-11-19 19:05 UTC by Matthew Miller
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:48 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2003-06-05 12:45:46 UTC

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Description Matthew Miller 2002-11-19 19:05:10 UTC
Description of Problem:

I was testing the install using the netboot floppy. Started to boot okay, and
then kernel panicked. Quick look determined that I'd unplugged the harddrive
cable accidentally while messing around with some other hardware.

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

How Reproducible:


Steps to Reproduce:
1. unplug harddrive
2. try to run installer from netboot floppy (possibly in other ways too)

Actual Results:


Expected Results:

Some sort of pretty little dialog box telling me that I'm a moron for not having
a hard drive.

Additional Information:
Or actually, I suppose if some hardware incompatibility is causing a drive to
not be recognized even when it exists, it might be good for the message to
explain that perhaps that is the problem. Not just the moron thing.

Comment 1 Michael Fulbright 2002-11-20 15:08:37 UTC
Did the kernel panic before the anaconda loader started? If so this bug should
be filed against the kernel component.

Comment 2 Matthew Miller 2002-11-20 16:10:09 UTC
Yeah, it happens right away, very early as the kernel is starting up. The actual
messages is: "<0>Kernel panic: attempted to kill init!"

Comment 3 Pedro Miguel Marques Morais 2002-12-01 20:02:06 UTC
The same happened to me (hard drive cable disconnected), but I couldn't 
even get ISOLINUX to boot the CDs for me. 
Don't know if this is the best place to report it, but anyway, here's 
what isolinux said: 
ISOLINUX: loading spec packed failed, trying to (can't read what I wrote :-) 
it ... 
ISOLINUX: extremely broken bios detected, last ditch attempt with drive=9F 
ISOLINUX: disk error 01, AX=425, drive 9F 
Boot failed: press any key to retry... 
Now, everything worked after I found the unplugged cable and the CD was ok 
(mediacheck passed). 
Also, the press any key to retry is wrong, if you press a key nothing happens.

Comment 4 Bill Nottingham 2003-02-20 02:15:50 UTC
Does this persist with the third public beta?

Comment 5 Matthew Miller 2003-02-20 02:20:57 UTC
Dunno. Tomorrow I'll yank out the hard drive and try again. :)

Comment 6 Matthew Miller 2003-02-24 19:11:29 UTC
Works for me now.

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