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Bug 230932

Summary: Live CD won't boot on HP Pavilion ZE4201 (Fedora 7 Test 4)
Product: [Fedora] Fedora Reporter: Bojan Smojver <bojan>
Component: kernelAssignee: Kernel Maintainer List <kernel-maint>
Status: CLOSED NEXTRELEASE QA Contact: Brian Brock <bbrock>
Severity: medium Docs Contact:
Priority: medium    
Version: rawhideCC: casualprogrammer, mattdm, wtogami
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Hardware: i686   
OS: Linux   
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Last Closed: 2007-05-26 11:43:41 UTC Type: ---
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Description Flags
Output of lspci -vv
Screen shot of failure
Just before failure with F7T3
Final failure on F7T3 none

Description Bojan Smojver 2007-03-04 20:11:29 UTC
Description of problem:
Live CD won't boot and it eventually displays "Cannot find root file system!",
which is preceded by a whole bunch of libata errors.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
The one from F7T2.

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Attempt to boot Live CD on HP ZE4201

Actual results:
Boot fails.

Expected results:
Should work.

Additional info:
I will attach a screen shot of failure and lspci output from FC6.

Comment 1 Bojan Smojver 2007-03-04 20:15:48 UTC
Created attachment 149223 [details]
Output of lspci -vv

Comment 2 Bojan Smojver 2007-03-04 20:18:08 UTC
Created attachment 149224 [details]
Screen shot of failure

Comment 3 Bojan Smojver 2007-03-30 06:33:21 UTC
Ditto Test3.

Comment 4 Bojan Smojver 2007-03-30 06:34:53 UTC
Created attachment 151256 [details]
Just before failure with F7T3

Comment 5 Bojan Smojver 2007-03-30 06:35:44 UTC
Created attachment 151257 [details]
Final failure on F7T3

Comment 6 Matthew Miller 2007-04-10 16:02:56 UTC
Bulk message: Fedora 7 test bugs should be filed against "devel", not against
test1/2/3. This isn't obvious, I know. Moving this report so it isn't lost.

Comment 7 Bojan Smojver 2007-04-26 22:58:43 UTC
Ditto Fedora 7 Test 4 Live CD.

Comment 8 Bojan Smojver 2007-04-27 00:29:12 UTC
BTW, is there an "official" workaround for these old systems that cannot boot
with libata?

Comment 9 Will Woods 2007-04-30 19:26:11 UTC
I guess the optical drive is attached to the ALi IDE interface? That's the only
disk interface I see:

(00:10.0 IDE interface: ALi Corporation M5229 IDE (rev c4) (prog-if fa))

Do the startup messages mention which PATA module gets loaded?

Comment 10 Bojan Smojver 2007-04-30 23:36:51 UTC
I would think so. But I'll boot this up today again and I'll pay attention to
what gets loaded.

Comment 11 Bojan Smojver 2007-05-01 01:20:58 UTC
It says pata_ali. It also says "configured for MWDMA2". Later it attempts to
drop that to MWDMA1:PIO4 but without any luck. It sort of goes through a lot of
cycles where it resets the port and tries again, before finally giving up.

Loaded modules are:


Comment 12 Bojan Smojver 2007-05-07 05:19:32 UTC
I see this entry in the kernel 1.3141.fc7 build:

* Fri May 04 2007 Dave Jones <>
- Disable ATAPI DMA on ALI chipsets.

That sounds promising :-)

Now, where do I get myself a Live CD of Rawhide to try this out?

Comment 13 Bojan Smojver 2007-05-24 01:31:12 UTC
I'm having a feeling this has been fixed with Rawhide circa 21 May 2007. Here is
what I did:

- downloaded and burnt boot.iso
- booted that, pata_ali loaded
- picked HTTP install
- got stage 2 image, which started anaconda
- went to VT 2 shell and mounted the CD-ROM

So, if I was able to mount the CD-ROM, pata_ali must be working OK now, right?

Comment 14 Jeremy Katz 2007-05-24 15:28:13 UTC
I think that kernel should be in the rawhide-20070517 live images.  A new set
should be going up today if things go as planned.

But Bojan's comments make me feel pretty comfortable, so marking MODIFIED

Comment 15 Bojan Smojver 2007-05-26 11:43:41 UTC
F7 Live RC2 is good! Thanks!

Comment 16 Casual J. Programmer 2007-05-28 07:46:35 UTC
This happens on a Sony Vaio PCG-SRX51P with Fedora 7 rc2 live CD.

There seems to be no Firewire driver available in the loaded kernel. The only
way to boot from CD/DVD with this notebook is an external drive connected via