Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 90184
Install fails on AMD (VIA) Slot-A Platform
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:53:27 EDT
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Description of problem:
I have been unable to successfully install RH
9.0 using (3) AMD Slot-A (VIA Chipset) systems (MSI, GigaByte & Tyan). I've
been using & testing different Linux distributions since the early-mid 90s and
RH 9x is the only (recent) distribution that fails to install on this
CPU-Mainboard combination. RH 9.x will "sometimes" fail the anaconda
initialization state (layman terms) that probes your video card, monitor and
pointing device with a hard-lock or segmentation fault. When it does continue
past anaconda, you will can select your installation and when it reaches 83% to
87% during installation it will hard-lock and/or segmentation fault. This
exact same issue occured w/3 different Slot-A boards (each was populated with a
seperate CPU, Video & Memory) and no problems what-so-ever
installing RH 7.2, RH 7.3, RH 8.0, SuSE 8.1, SuSE 8.2, Slackware 7x/8x/9x on
the same systems.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. System(s) will hard-lock during anaconda device probes
2. If system successfully passes initial device probes it will hard-lock during
Actual Results: Press reset button, unable to obtain logfiles.
Expected Results: Previous RH releases install w/o any problems.
Slot-A CPUs Tested: 600MHz, 700MHz & 800MHz(TBird)
Mainboards : MSI MS6167, Tyan Trinity K7 S2380, GigaByte GA-7IXE
Video Adapters : nVidia GeForce Models 2MX(64), 2-GTS(32mb), 3(64MB)
Total Memory : 256MB x 3 = 768MB
Power Supply : 330Watt Antec TruPower
Hard Drives Tested: Seagate, Maxtor, Fujitsu
No problems installing RH9 on VIA KT400 or nVidia nForce2 chipsets.
Arjan any known issues on these arches?
I have a Slot A board I use for daily testing and Shrike is fine on it. It is
based on the AMD 751/756 system chips for a quick look at lspci.
So perhaps it is an issue with the Via chipset in your Slot A.
My Slot A 1Ghz also works fine
Same as Bug #101160?
Thanks for the bug report. However, Red Hat no longer maintains this version of
the product. Please upgrade to the latest version and open a new bug if the problem
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