Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 91264
grub boot hangs at "finding module dependencies"
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:53:52 EDT
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Description of problem:
When booting RH with grub (menu.lst below) the boot process
hangs at "finding module dependencies". When booting
with recovery disk, no problems. When booting windows XP
with grub, no problems.
Is there something wrong with this anaconda-generated
grub configuration, or is there a problem with grub itself?
title Red Hat Linux (2.4.20-6)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.20-6 ro root=LABEL=/ hdc=ide-scsi
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. RH boot with grub always fails as configured
2. Reinstalled RH9 twice - same results
2 scsi disks. 1st contains XP and MBR holds grub
2nd scsi disk has /boot, /, /home, and swap partitions.
revision -- today, when attempting boot with Grub to Linux, the system
hung at the point "mounting local file systems" -- a couple of steps
in the boot process beyond the "finding module dependencies" step.
I don't know for certain if this is different, or if I mistook the
failure point before. Whatever the case -- I still need the boot disk.
Also tried reinstalling the boot loader using the distribution disk.
It wouldn't do so since all packages were in place. What's the
workarround for that?
again -- this time is failed at "checking module dependencies" for
sure. So -- the failure point DOES vary from attempt to attempt.
I have the same problem on a SOny VAIO PCG-GRX616 with a Toshiba MK4018GAS HD
and a Sony CD-RW CRX820E. The system is a dual boot with WXP and Linux RH 9
(2.4.20-6). Linux has been installed from RH DVD choosing the Workstation
configuration. When booting Linux with Grub it hangs at "Finding module
dependencies", "Checking for new hardware" or "Updating /etc/fstab" depending
on the status of the boot (that is if I'm doing a clean boot or I've done a
hard reset and the file system check is performed). If I remove the CD-ROM
drive the boot sequence is successfully completed.
After some more tests: the system appears now to consistently hang at
the "Updating /etc/fstab" message if the CD-ROM is in the laptop. In addition.
I've found that the system hangs also if I mount the CD-ROM after the boot.
It's probably a different bug than the one reported here.
Well, I've just installed kernel 2.4.20-18.9 and the problem has completely
disappeared. I don't know what's the difference, though. Not expert enough. If
you want me to give more info, send me instructions and I'll be glad to do so.
Thanks a lot.
This problem still exists for me, now using latest kernel release
2.4.20-18.9. If I boot using grub, I can access windows XP. The
boot of Linux fails, usually when checking module dependencies.
I can always boot using the floppy.
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