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Re: FC6 T3 install woes

I've also seen the black screen freeze up.

I've had nothign but trouble with the x86_64 install.

First time it seemed go okay but I got a kernal panic and it simply rebooted and rebooted and rebooted.

The next time I got the "black screen of death"

Next time I got as far as far as finishing formating my hard drives and when it moved on to installing packages it stopped and eventually I had to reset.

Next time it wouldn't even finish formating my harddrives

The i386 DVD iso installed without a single hickup.

Whatever the problem is I think it's specific to the 64bit version of FC6 Test 3.

I'm running:

AMD Athlon 2400
2G of RAM
NVidia 6600GT card (that also has "issues")
two Western Digital Raptor SATA I harddrives

Oh ya - I've also tried this with two different ISO images on two different brands of media downloaded on different days via different ISP's onto different computers and burned using different DVD writers and both images pass the media check.
From: Josep Puigdemont <josep puigdemont gmail com>
Reply-To: For testers of Fedora Core development releases <fedora-test-list redhat com> To: For testers of Fedora Core development releases <fedora-test-list redhat com>
Subject: Re: FC6 T3 install woes
Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2006 11:19:09 +0200


I tested the installation CD again and I think the problem (in my case)
is the sata_promise driver. See below.

El ds 16 de 09 del 2006 a les 23:14 +0200, en/na Josep Puigdemont va
> El ds 16 de 09 del 2006 a les 13:04 -0700, en/na listman va escriure:
> > I've tried 2 different dvd iso's (different servers and can not boot
> > either one ( FC-6-Test3-x86_64-DVD.iso)
> > Home built / ASUS A8N32-SLI Deluxe Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce SPP 100 ATX > > AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4400+, MMX, 3DNow (2 CPUs), ~2.2GHz
> > 2048MB corsair XMS 3500LLPro
> > Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) ST3250620AS 250GB 7200
> > RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
> > eVGA 256-P2-N584-AR Geforce 7900GT KO 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card
> >
> > I then downloaded the cd ISO. I got to the beginning of the install, check > > the media (was ok) then as soon as it searches for a previous install the > > screen goes black - can see the cursor still but it just hangs. If I go to
> > the console I see a ton of errors ( how can I export this info)
> > I have tried text and noprobe but I still get the same thing, except in > > text only mode I cant even read the errors- its just a bunch of strange
> > characters.
> I didn't have the problems you face above, but I've seen the strange
> characters in console you mentioned. Here is a picture I took of the
> screen:
> http://dsv.su.se/~icss-jpc/fedora/anaconda01.jpg
> I am not 100% sure about it, but the strange characters seem to appear
> after some kernel modules are loaded (I could see raid stuff in the
> second console, although I don't have raid).

After retesting, I realize this happens right after loading the
sata_promise kernel driver. I tested several times with and without the
SATA controller enabled in the BIOS, and the strange characters _always_
appear once the sata_promise is loaded.

Related to this problem, I've previously filed a bug (#199142) against
the kernel for FC5 (all 2.6.17 kernels have this problem for me). When
booting, I could see a "unable to handle kernel NULL pointer
dereference" message. Disabling the SATA controller makes this error
message disappear. I think there must be some bug in that driver that
causes the two problems.

The sata controller that I disabled on the BIOS is P20579. My
motherboard is microstar K8T Neo 2. For more info, the whole output of
lspci is on the bug report mentioned above.

> The big blue area in the middle of the screenshot is due to the media
> check dialog (which I ran, and was ok). I can't remember if the
> characters in the media check dialog where also strange or not. I think
> they were, but then how could I say that the media check was ok...

I was wrong, I can confirm that the media check messages were actually
clear text:

> As it can be seen at the bottom, before starting the graphical installer
> the characters appear normally. The rest seemed to work fine (I didn't
> do the whole install).

During one of the tests, I had the problem with the black screen. When
the graphical installer is to start, the screen went black and couldn't
do anything, neither could I see the mouse pointer, nor could I go back
to the text consoles. I had to reset the computer. That could be the
memory corruption Paul mentions (BZ #206472), but I could not reproduce
it, it's strange that only happened once out of 10 tests I did (I would
expect it to be more deterministic).

Is there a bug report filled about the strange characters, by the way?

Hope it helps.


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