Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 81587
spurious 8259A interrupt system hangs
Last modified: 2006-02-21 13:51:05 EST
Description of problem:When I try to load Linux on a new Compaq Presario 905US
laptop I get, very early in the installation phase of loading Redhat's Linux
8.0, a "Spurious 8259a interrupt: IRQ 7" message, and the system hangs. I've
tried to boot using Linux pci=off, which eliminates the message and the
installation appears to work, but after the system tries to boot I get a
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
How reproducible: Everytime
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Try intall of Redhat 8.0 on Compaq Presario 905Us or 906US laptop (see
Actual results: Install hanges. (If pci=off is not set) If set no support for
pci devices e.g. ethernet, sound devices
Expected results: Expect to install RH 8.0 without problems
Additional info:I've been trying and trying and trying to get RH8 installed on
> Compaq Presario 906US laptop with the following:
> 256MB RAM
> ATI Radeon Mobility 320M Graphics (which isn't supported by XFree86 yet)
> Realtek RTL8139 Family PCI Fast Ethernet
> SoundMAX (I'm not exactly sure of the specs)
> Toshiba CD-RW/DVD
> I *finally* can install and boot RH8 by doing the following:
> 1. Before I begin the install, I have to enter "linux pci=off"
> Otherwise, I get the "spurious 8259A" error.
> 2. After the install, I reboot. When I get the GRUB screen to select
> which OS to boot (I'm dual booting WinXP-- I press "a" which let's me edit
> 3. At the end of the kernel arguements I enter "noisapnp nousb pci=off"
> 4. Press Enter. Everything boots correctly and I login to RH8.
> Sounds fine except I can't use my Ethernet card, sound, etc. because I
> had to disable pci.
> My question: How can I activate my pci cards after booting? If I don't
> use "noisapnp nousb pci=off" I get a Kernel Panic.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 72387 ***
Changed to 'CLOSED' state since 'RESOLVED' has been deprecated.