Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 90295
Boot hangs whem displaying the message "Finding Module Dependencies"
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:53:30 EDT
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Description of problem:
After installing the version of RedHat Linux downloaded from the ftp server,
while booting, the system hangs.
When displaying the message "Finding Module Dependencies", the system stops,
the disk light is off and there is no response to any keyboard action.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install system (either local, workstation or server configurations)
I am having the same problem on my gateway 6400 server.
It looks like the system hangs when various rc scripts scan through
/proc for ide devices - the first one is the devlabel command getting
run. (I'm writing this off the top of my head - if not devlabel it is the program
from that DELL engineer to make symlinks to the drive devices).
But if you comment that stuff out, the system just hangs a bit later,
yet again in a /proc lookup.
My system is a SCSI/IDE system. System boots off the mirrored
SCSI drives(onboard scsi). If I boot the system with the IDE
drives off, everything is OK. I have 3 IDE cards:
onboard ServerWorks - cdrom
pci promise fasttrak card being used in non-raid mode - 2 drives
AECxxxx pci card - 2 drives
(With redhat 8 I was running SW raid 5 across the 4 drives).
So I'm looking at:
Forcing the system to use the newer symbios 2 driver in case
it is the onboard scsi causing the problem
Try permutations of ide drives turned off to see if one of the 2
IDE cards is causing the problem.
Try a custom kernel using 2.4.21-*, tried it before and did not help.
I've upgraded to all the latest redhat updates, no change in behaviour.
More information on my system and testing:
PDC20267 IDE card, UDMA disabled
AEC6280R IDE card
Onboard Symbios scsi is sym53c1010-33.
If the promise card has no drives, system boots just fine, doesn't matter what is
on the AEC6280R card. So some sort of problem with the promise driver it seems.
I did notice that during boot that UDMA is enabled on the promise card if no drives
attached. This seems strange.
I put the 2 drives on the onboard IDE (the reason they weren't there in the
first place is that I had major problems in early 2.4 kernels with data corruption
on the onboard chains). System boots fine, but the raid doesn't come up
on the ide drives due to different ordering of the disks.
I'm going to look at getting another IDE card to replace the promise, esp.
as others seem to have various problems with them. Though why I didn't
see this on earlier redhat, even with custom kernels?
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