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Bug 76701

Summary: Booting from install CD hangs at 'Partition Check'
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: Grant McLean <grantm>
Component: kernelAssignee: Arjan van de Ven <arjanv>
Status: CLOSED CURRENTRELEASE QA Contact: Brock Organ <borgan>
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Priority: medium    
Version: 7.3   
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Hardware: i686   
OS: Linux   
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Description Grant McLean 2002-10-25 01:14:31 UTC
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Description of problem:
System was successfully running RH7.1.  I upgraded by booting from CDROM but the
boot process hung at the message:

  Partition check:

When I booted with the 'ide=nodma' option everything worked and the upgrade was
successfull except that I then encountered the exact same problem booting from
the new kernel on the hard drive.

I read about the issue on this page:

and saw that RedHat would like to know which models of CDROM drive should be
blacklisted for not supporting DMA.  This is my model info:

$ cat /proc/ide/hdd/model

I have tried upgrading my motherboard BIOS to the latest available from ASUS but
the kernel still won't boot off the hard drive with DMA enabled - so I've
configured the option into grub.conf

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. boot without ide=nodma kernel option

Actual Results:  Kernel loads and displays various messages until it gets to:

Partition check:

Then it sits there - I gave up waiting after 15 minutes

Expected Results:  The system should have booted

Additional info:

Comment 1 Bugzilla owner 2004-09-30 15:40:07 UTC
Thanks for the bug report. However, Red Hat no longer maintains this version of
the product. Please upgrade to the latest version and open a new bug if the problem

The Fedora Legacy project ( maintains some older releases, 
and if you believe this bug is interesting to them, please report the problem in
the bug tracker at: