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  1. Kernel panic when trying to install Redhat

    I'm trying to install Redhat Enterprise on a machine that is
    pretty close to identical to machines on which this has not
    been a problem. I'm suspecting a hardware problem, but I've
    no other sign to show the hardware vendor (or myself for that
    matter) that this is the case. Any insight or help would
    be appreciated.

    The computer is built around a Supermicro P4SBE. I've used
    these computers before with Redhat with no difficulties (although
    I've only been doing this for a few weeks).

    Booting the installer either via a floppy or PXE, I see
    the following sequence:

    511MB LOWMEM available.
    On node 0 totalpages: 131056
    zone(0): 4096 pages.
    zone(1): 126960 pages.
    zone(2): 0 pages.
    Kernel command line: console=tty0 console=ttyS0,9600 initrd=initrd-ES3.img network BOOT_IMAGE=vmlinuz-ES3
    Initializing CPU#0
    Detected 1999.838 MHz processor.
    Console: colour VGA+ 80x25
    Calibrating delay loop... 3984.58 BogoMIPS
    Memory: 510632k/524224k available (1271k kernel code, 11032k reserved, 358k data, 136k init, 0k highmem)
    zapping low mappings.
    Dentry cache hash table entries: 65536 (order: 7, 524288 bytes)
    Inode cache hash table entries: 32768 (order: 6, 262144 bytes)
    Mount cache hash table entries: 512 (order: 0, 4096 bytes)
    Buffer cache hash table entries: 32768 (order: 5, 131072 bytes)
    Page-cache hash table entries: 131072 (order: 7, 524288 bytes)
    CPU: Trace cache: 12K uops, L1 D cache: 8K
    CPU: L2 cache: 512K
    Intel machine check architecture supported.
    Intel machine check reporting enabled on CPU#0.
    CPU: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.00GHz stepping 09
    Enabling fast FPU save and restore... done.
    Enabling unmasked SIMD FPU exception support... done.
    Checking 'hlt' instruction... OK.
    Checking for popad bug... OK.
    POSIX conformance testing by UNIFIX
    Process timing init...done.
    mtrr: v1.40 (20010327) Richard Gooch (rgooch@atnf.csiro.au)
    mtrr: detected mtrr type: Intel
    PCI: PCI BIOS revision 2.10 entry at 0xfb360, last bus=2
    PCI: Using configuration type 1
    PCI: Probing PCI hardware
    Transparent bridge - PCI device 8086:244e
    PCI: Using IRQ router PIIX [8086/2440] at 00:1f.0
    Linux NET4.0 for Linux 2.4
    Based upon Swansea University Computer Society NET3.039
    Initializing RT netlink socket
    BIOS EDD facility v0.09 2003-Jan-22, 2 devices found
    Starting kswapd
    aio_setup: num_physpages = 32764
    aio_setup: sizeof(struct page) = 52
    Detected PS/2 Mouse Port.
    pty: 256 Unix98 ptys configured
    Serial driver version 5.05c (2001-07-08) with MANY_PORTS SHARE_IRQ SERIAL_PCI enabled
    ttyS0 at 0x03f8 (irq = 4) is a 16550A
    ttyS1 at 0x02f8 (irq = 3) is a 16550A
    Floppy drive(s): fd0 is 1.44M
    FDC 0 is a post-1991 82077
    NET4: Frame Diverter 0.46
    RAMDISK driver initialized: 256 RAM disks of 8192K size 1024 blocksize
    loop: loaded (max 8 devices)
    Uniform Multi-Platform E-IDE driver Revision: 7.00beta4-2.4
    ide: Assuming 33MHz system bus speed for PIO modes; override with idebus=xx
    ICH2: IDE controller at PCI slot 00:1f.1
    ICH2: chipset revision 5
    ICH2: not 100% native mode: will probe irqs later
    ide0: BM-DMA at 0xf000-0xf007, BIOS settings: hdaMA, hdbMA
    ide1: BM-DMA at 0xf008-0xf00f, BIOS settings: hdcMA, hddio
    hda: HDS722580VLAT20, ATA DISK drive
    hdb: HDS722580VLAT20, ATA DISK drive
    blk: queue c03113a0, I/O limit 4095Mb (mask 0xffffffff)
    blk: queue c0311518, I/O limit 4095Mb (mask 0xffffffff)
    hdc: SAMSUNG CD-ROM SH-152A, ATAPI CD/DVD-ROM drive
    ide0 at 0x1f0-0x1f7,0x3f6 on irq 14
    ide1 at 0x170-0x177,0x376 on irq 15
    hda: attached ide-disk driver.
    hda: host protected area => 1
    hda: 160836480 sectors (82348 MB) w/1794KiB Cache, CHS=10011/255/63, UDMA(100)
    hdb: attached ide-disk driver.
    hdb: host protected area => 1
    hdb: 160836480 sectors (82348 MB) w/1794KiB Cache, CHS=10011/255/63, UDMA(100)
    hdc: attached ide-cdrom driver.
    hdc: ATAPI 52X CD-ROM drive, 128kB Cache, UDMA(33)
    Uniform CD-ROM driver Revision: 3.12
    ide-floppy driver 0.99.newide
    Partition check:
    hda: unknown partition table
    hdb: unknown partition table
    ide-floppy driver 0.99.newide
    usb.c: registered new driver usbdevfs
    usb.c: registered new driver hub
    host/usb-uhci.c: $Revision: 1.275 $ time 16:55:07 Jan 8 2004
    host/usb-uhci.c: High bandwidth mode enabled
    PCI: Found IRQ 11 for device 00:1f.2
    PCI: Sharing IRQ 11 with 02:03.0
    host/usb-uhci.c: USB UHCI at I/O 0xb000, IRQ 11
    host/usb-uhci.c: Detected 2 ports
    usb.c: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 1
    hub.c: USB hub found
    hub.c: 2 ports detected
    PCI: Found IRQ 9 for device 00:1f.4
    host/usb-uhci.c: USB UHCI at I/O 0xb800, IRQ 9
    host/usb-uhci.c: Detected 2 ports
    usb.c: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 2
    hub.c: USB hub found
    hub.c: 2 ports detected
    host/usb-uhci.c: v1.275:USB Universal Host Controller Interface driver
    usb.c: registered new driver hiddev
    usb.c: registered new driver hid
    hid-core.c: v1.8.1 Andreas Gal, Vojtech Pavlik
    hid-core.c: USB HID support drivers
    mice: PS/2 mouse device common for all mice
    NET4: Linux TCP/IP 1.0 for NET4.0
    IP: routing cache hash table of 4096 buckets, 32Kbytes
    TCP: Hash tables configured (established 32768 bind 65536)
    NET4: Unix domain sockets 1.0/SMP for Linux NET4.0.
    RAMDISK: Compressed image found at block 0
    invalid compressed format (err=1)<6>Freeing initrd memory: 2101k freed
    VFS: Cannot open root device "" or 09:02
    Please append a correct "root=" boot option
    Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 09:02

    The extended BIOS memory check reports no problems. I don't know of how I could
    do a test of the disks beyond that the BIOS and Linux install boot are seeing
    them correctly.

    I'm somewhat stumped, so I'd appreciate any suggestions.

    Thanks...

    - Andrew



  2. Re: Kernel panic when trying to install Redhat

    Andrew Gideon wrote:

    [...]
    > IP: routing cache hash table of 4096 buckets, 32Kbytes
    > TCP: Hash tables configured (established 32768 bind 65536)
    > NET4: Unix domain sockets 1.0/SMP for Linux NET4.0.
    > RAMDISK: Compressed image found at block 0
    > invalid compressed format (err=1)<6>Freeing initrd memory: 2101k freed
    > VFS: Cannot open root device "" or 09:02
    > Please append a correct "root=" boot option
    > Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 09:02
    >
    > The extended BIOS memory check reports no problems. I don't know of how I
    > could do a test of the disks beyond that the BIOS and Linux install boot
    > are seeing them correctly.
    >
    > I'm somewhat stumped, so I'd appreciate any suggestions.


    Memtest86 reported errors on this system. I was able to boot with the
    kernel option mem=128m, which makes sense as the errors found my memtest
    were higher than this.

    [Is there something that makes higher memory more likely to fail? Something
    very similar occurred Back When on my laptop.]

    I replaced the memory, and the machine is now booting well even with all
    memory (and memtest is reporting a clean scan).

    So..."nevermind".

    - Andrew


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