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Bug 78054 - Initial SMP boot after install hangs with "kmod: failed to exec /sbin/modprobe -s -k scsi_hostadapter, errnno = 4"
Summary: Initial SMP boot after install hangs with "kmod: failed to exec /sbin/modprob...
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: kernel
Version: 7.3
Hardware: athlon
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Arjan van de Ven
QA Contact: Brian Brock
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2002-11-18 15:53 UTC by Need Real Name
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:48 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2002-11-18 16:47:00 UTC

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Description Need Real Name 2002-11-18 15:53:39 UTC
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Description of problem:
After a problem free installation of RH 7.3, the first SMP boot dies with:

RAMDISK: Compressed image found at block 0 
Freeing initrd memory: 218k freed 
VFS: Mounted root (ext2 filesystem). 
Red Hat nash version 3.3.10 starting
Loading scsi_mod module
SCSI subsystem driver Revision: 1.00
Loading sd_mod module
kmod: failed to exec /sbin/modprobe -s -k scsi_hostadapter, errnno = 4
Loading DAC960 module
DAC960: ***** DAC960 RAID Driver Version 2.4.11 of 11 October 2001 ***
DAC960: Copyright 1998-2001 by Leonard N. Zubkoff <>
- Kernel boot stops proceeding at this point - 

The hardware is a new Tyan 2466MPX Dual Athlon motherboard with 4Gb ram, a 
Mylex AccelRAID 352
controller using the DAC960 module with 6x 80Gb U160 SCSI HDD's in a RAID 0+1 
hardware config. Processors are
2x Athlon MP2000 

All Redhat stock single processor kernels (2.4.18-3 thru just 
fine on this system. The kernel hang occurs only on stock SMP kernels 2.4.18-3 
thru 2.4.18-18.

I have checked my install media with md5sums - all matches ok 

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Clean install of RH 7.3
2. Reboot into any SMP kernel 2.4.18-3 thru 2.4.18-18
3. Kernel boot stops proceeding	

Actual Results:  Kernel boot doesn't complete rendering the system unusable.

Expected Results:  System should have completed booting.

Additional info:

Comment 1 Arjan van de Ven 2002-11-18 15:57:12 UTC
ah a tyan
can you try adding 'noapic' the the kernel command line?
(eg the vmlinuz line for the smp kernel in /boot/grub/grub.conf)

Comment 2 Need Real Name 2002-11-19 19:06:50 UTC
Thank you for resolving this issue.

I am using LILO.  My default boot image name is "linux" which corresponds to 
the default SMP boot kernel.  I added the following line to my /etc/lilo.conf 


This worked provided that I had the append statement in a line previous to 
the "initrd='your_initrd.img" line within lilo.conf.

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