Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 78740
installer freezes machine after failing to probe monitor on Compaq Proliant. Requires power cycle to recover.
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:48:45 EDT
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Description of problem:
I am attempting to install RedHat 7.3 on a Compaq Proliant. I have tried text,
export, noprobe, nofb, lowres - all fail at the same point during anaconda
The failure point follows the selection of the keyboard mapping. Anaconda is
spawned, detects the video card (a Cirrus Logic GD544x class) and then attempts
to probe the monitor. This probing fails, and about 5 seconds later the machine
locks up, requiring a power cycle (ctrl + alt + del does not recover; shifting
to other tty's is not possible). No error trace is generated on either tty3 or
The final lines printed to tty3 prior to the machine locking up are:
* inserted /tmp/ext3.o
* inserted /tmp/reiserfs.o
* load module set done
the server configuration is as follows
Compaq Proliant 500 mhz, 512kb cache
Cirrus Logic GD544x video card (detected by anaconda)
Compaq scsi controler at id 0 (uses the sym53c8xx driver)
monitors: both a Viewsonic E771 and a Compaq V500 failed to be probed
this is a fairly critical migration of a backup web server from NT server to
Linux, so it would be nice to be able to resolve this.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot off 7.3 CD 1, enter text, expert, noprobe or standard install
2. select keyboard type, wait for anaconda to spawn
3. anaconda detects video card, failes to detect monitor
Actual Results: system hangs, requiring a power cycle.
Expected Results: anaconda should at least provide an option to select a
monitor, or default to a standard VESA compliant VGA monitor.
no error messages printed prior to machine locking up.
I've just noticed that this bug may be related to 38098 and 64996.
Is there any possibility of disabling the anaconda install process in 7.3, or
will I have to either use a later RedHat or install an earlier (pre-anaconda)
system and manually upgrade?
Seems the same as bug 76432.
I dont think its related to bug 38098 because that bug related to a running X
server, which you never get.
Have you tried booting with the 'skipddc' option? It was designed for exactly
We do not have the hw which is experiencing this problem so its going to be
difficult to fix.
Closing due to inactivity - please reopen if you have additional information to
add to the report.