Bug 81243 - Installer hangs when no (PS/2) mouse has been found.
Installer hangs when no (PS/2) mouse has been found.
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
medium Severity medium
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Assigned To: Arjan van de Ven
Brian Brock
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Reported: 2003-01-06 19:15 EST by Peter van Egdom
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:49 EDT (History)
1 user (show)

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Last Closed: 2003-04-26 13:03:46 EDT
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Output of "dmesg" (6.62 KB, text/plain)
2003-01-07 17:38 EST, Peter van Egdom
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Output of "lsdev" (790 bytes, text/plain)
2003-01-07 17:39 EST, Peter van Egdom
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Output of "lspci -v" (1.13 KB, text/plain)
2003-01-07 17:41 EST, Peter van Egdom
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Output of "cat /proc/ioports" (411 bytes, text/plain)
2003-01-07 17:41 EST, Peter van Egdom
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hardware configuration of machine where installator hangs without ps/2 mouse (4.31 KB, text/plain)
2003-02-16 16:20 EST, Michal Ambroz
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Description Peter van Egdom 2003-01-06 19:15:23 EST
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Description of problem:

On my testmachine, a HP NetServer LD Pro (Pentium Pro 166, 64 MB class) Anaconda
did not find a PS/2 mouse (it *does* have one, also a PS/2 keyboard). 

When it said it that it did not find a mouse, it (Anaconda) hung.

(well it appeared that it hung,  the keyboard was not responding to keypresses
and also the capslock key did not turn on the led on that key, same situation
for the numlock key).

After powering down the machine using the power button I used "linux noprobe",
but that did not help, it still crashed while asking which mouse I got.

Some information :

This NetServer did not have a well enough supported video card for a graphical

I tried installing Phoebe 8.0.92 via NFS using the 2 bootfloppies.

This machine did not have problems running Red Hat 7.2. At the moment it is
still running RH 7.2, because the crashed Phoebe installation had not reached
partitioning yet.

I'll be happy to report more information - if required - using the tools
provided with Red Hat 7.2.

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. (reproduced twice)
2. Install Phoebe 8.0.92 via NFS in textmode (no graphical mode supported).

Actual Results:  
Anaconda 'froze' while probing for mouse (no capslock, numlock, or scroll-lock
keypress triggered corresponding leds).

With "linux noprobe" Anaconda still froze asking which PS/2 mouse I got.

Expected Results:  
Anaconda should not freeze during the mouse probe / mouse selection screen.

Additional info:

Phoebe 8.0.92
Comment 1 Bill Nottingham 2003-01-06 20:12:07 EST
What chipset?
Comment 2 Peter van Egdom 2003-01-07 17:35:11 EST
I will attach some output from Red Hat 7.2 on this machine.
Comment 3 Peter van Egdom 2003-01-07 17:38:35 EST
Created attachment 89196 [details]
Output of "dmesg"
Comment 4 Peter van Egdom 2003-01-07 17:39:38 EST
Created attachment 89197 [details]
Output of "lsdev"
Comment 5 Peter van Egdom 2003-01-07 17:41:00 EST
Created attachment 89198 [details]
Output of "lspci -v"
Comment 6 Peter van Egdom 2003-01-07 17:41:50 EST
Created attachment 89199 [details]
Output of "cat /proc/ioports"
Comment 7 Nathan G. Grennan 2003-01-08 01:17:38 EST
This bug is very similar to #80293, just that for some reason it doesn't detect
his ps/2 mouse when it is there.
Comment 8 Michael Fulbright 2003-01-08 15:09:51 EST
Most certainly a kernel issue.
Comment 9 Michal Ambroz 2003-02-16 16:11:43 EST
I have experienced the same behaviuor during (anaconda) AND after installation

When I tried textmode installation (from local CDROM), testing of media was OK,
but then when continued it always hangs without PS/2 mouse.

I have got COM1 mouse and tried even without mouse - it always hanged.
When I attached PS/2 mouse of the same type (Genius NetScroll+) everything
worked just fine.

After installing kudzu seems to have the same behaviour - it always hangs the
keyboard. It is not possible to enter anything, switch to other virtual console
or even use of the ALT-SysRq-k combination doesn't kill the application. Only
way is to kill it remotely via ssh or telnet.

Whe I run the kudzu remotely nothing strange happens.

Michal Ambroz
Comment 10 Michal Ambroz 2003-02-16 16:20:52 EST
Created attachment 90117 [details]
hardware configuration of machine where installator hangs without ps/2 mouse

hardware configuration of machine where installator and kudzu hangs without
ps/2 mouse
Comment 11 Michal Ambroz 2003-02-22 16:41:03 EST
Problem with Kudzu hangup withouth PS/2 mouse is gone with kudzu version from
Phoebe 8.0.94. 

Sorry I don't have a full cdset of 8.0.94 to test the installator too.
Comment 12 Peter van Egdom 2003-04-26 13:03:46 EDT
Successfully installed Red Hat Linux release 9 (Shrike) from scratch on this PC.

The problem with the keyboard locking up did not occur.

I tested the installation of Shrike twice, one time with a PS/2 mouse attached
and one time without a mouse attached to the machine.

Resolving bug with resolution CURRENTRELEASE.


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