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Re: [libvirt] Upstream : virt-install and virt-manager fails to install the guest with the error "qemu: could not load PC BIOS 'bios.bin'"



On 06/12/2013 04:29 PM, chandrashekar shastri wrote:
> 
> Hi All,
> 
> Upstream : virt-install and virt-manager fails to install the guest with
> the error "qemu: could not load PC BIOS 'bios.bin'"
> 

You are missing bios package for that.  This depends on the distro
you're using, but probably seabios-bin (vgabios, etc., I don't know the
names) could help.  The problem is, however, not caused by you, qemu
itself should have it as a dependency.

> Kernel, Qemu, Libvirt, Virt-Manager is built from the source (git).
> 
> kernel version : 3.9.0+
> qemu version : QEMU emulator version 1.5.0
> libvirt version : 1.0.5
> virt-install : 0.600.3
> 

>From what I know, this should've been fixed [1] in QEMU 1.4.0, but that
might be distribution specific as well.  I guess specific machine types
might require specific BIOSes to be installed.

Hope that helps,
Martin

[1] https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=901542

>  
> Guest installation fails for Standard PC machine type.
> 
> virt-install --name vm_name --cdrom <iso path> --disk <disk path > --ram
> 2000 --machine pc
> 
> Starting install...
> ERROR    internal error process exited while connecting to monitor: char
> device redirected to /dev/pts/1
> qemu: could not load PC BIOS 'bios.bin'
> 
> Domain installation does not appear to have been successful.
> If it was, you can restart your domain by running:
>   virsh --connect qemu:///system start win7
> otherwise, please restart your installation.
> 
> Where as the qemu installation succeeds with the same machine type
> (standard pc)
> 
> qemu-system-x86_64 -cdrom <iso_path> -hda <disk_path> -boot d -m 1000
> -machine pc
> 
> Below is the list of supported machine type:
> 
> qemu-system-x86_64 -M ?
> Supported machines are:
> none                 empty machine
> pc                   Standard PC (i440FX + PIIX, 1996) (alias of
> pc-i440fx-1.5)
> pc-i440fx-1.5        Standard PC (i440FX + PIIX, 1996) (default)
> pc-i440fx-1.4        Standard PC (i440FX + PIIX, 1996)
> pc-1.3               Standard PC
> pc-1.2               Standard PC
> pc-1.1               Standard PC
> pc-1.0               Standard PC
> pc-0.15              Standard PC
> pc-0.14              Standard PC
> pc-0.13              Standard PC
> pc-0.12              Standard PC
> pc-0.11              Standard PC, qemu 0.11
> pc-0.10              Standard PC, qemu 0.10
> isapc                ISA-only PC
> q35                  Standard PC (Q35 + ICH9, 2009) (alias of pc-q35-1.5)
> pc-q35-1.5           Standard PC (Q35 + ICH9, 2009)
> pc-q35-1.4           Standard PC (Q35 + ICH9, 2009)
> 
> Installation fails (virt-install) for all machine types expect
> pc-i440fx-1.5 and pc-i440fx-1.4.
> 
> Thanks,
> Chandrashekar
> 
> 
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