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Bug 82567 - RH80 failed to install on Compaq Deskpro EN P800
Summary: RH80 failed to install on Compaq Deskpro EN P800
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: kernel
Version: 8.0
Hardware: i686
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Arjan van de Ven
QA Contact: Brian Brock
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2003-01-23 14:50 UTC by J. Wang
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:50 UTC (History)
0 users

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2004-09-30 15:40:26 UTC

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Description J. Wang 2003-01-23 14:50:29 UTC
From Bugzilla Helper:
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:1.2.1) Gecko/20021130

Description of problem:
native Compaq Deskpro EN P800 (P3-800, 256MB, WD HD 20GB, Intel 815 Video).
Try to install RH80 from CD media. can't not pass partition. installation exit
(also tried RH73, identical problem)

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. regular installation from a local CD-ROM
2. crashed anywhere from first screen, up to partition HD part
3. even before it crashes, contrl+alt+F1 shows a lot of error

Actual Results:  crashed and installation aborted

Additional info:

(anaconda:94): GnomeCanvas-CRITICAL **: file gnome-canvas-path-def.c: line 1142
(gnome_canvas_path_def_any_closed): assertion 'path != NULL' failed
(anaconda:94): GnomeCanvas-CRITICAL **: file gnome-canvas-path-def.c: line 1142
(gnome_canvas_path_def_any_closed): assertion 'path != NULL' failed
(anaconda:94): GnomeCanvas-CRITICAL **: file gnome-canvas-path-def.c: line 1142
(gnome_canvas_path_def_any_closed): assertion 'path != NULL' failed

Comment 1 Michael Fulbright 2003-01-23 15:56:14 UTC
Have you tested your media as outlined in bug 75008?

Comment 2 J. Wang 2003-01-27 13:20:18 UTC
yes. all media have been tested OK
I also tried other media (a total 3set of RH80 from friends). all failed to install.
Net-installation (FTP) also failed with the same error

Comment 3 Jeremy Katz 2003-01-29 21:58:50 UTC
Are there any error messages on tty4 when it crashes?

Comment 4 J. Wang 2003-01-30 13:07:27 UTC
no other messages

I took down all other unnecessory components and had RH 80 installed (some
hardware conflicts?) on an internal IDE. now when I plugged them in again, RH80
finds scsi controler and all SCSI disks and updated /etc/sysconfig/hwconf.
However it failed to attach scsi disks (no entry /proc/scsi, no scsi_mod
loaded). after boot, I have to manually insmod scsi_mod and mount filesystems
(don't know how to activate it at boot time)

Comment 5 Michael Fulbright 2003-01-30 21:03:02 UTC
What SCSI hardware do you have?

Comment 6 J. Wang 2003-02-04 18:24:35 UTC
Adaptec AIC7xxx driver version: 6.2.8
aic7892: Ultra160 Wide Channel A, SCSI Id=7, 32/253 SCBs

Comment 7 Michael Fulbright 2003-02-04 22:49:43 UTC
Arjan do you know of any AIC7xxx issues with 8.0?

Comment 8 Arjan van de Ven 2003-02-04 22:55:18 UTC
could you try the aic7xxx_old driver instead?
(change the /etc/modules.conf file and then mkinitrd -f
/boot/initrd-2.4.18-14.img 2.4.18-14)

Comment 9 J. Wang 2003-02-05 13:03:33 UTC
the system crashes DURING initial installation (hardly passes partition phase),
so that I don't have chance to switch scsi drivers

As I stated, I took all unnecessary components off, including the SCSI
controller and had RH80 installed successfully. Then I plugged all back in and
recreated initrd file (I am using regular aic7xxx driver). system is working fine. 

Comment 10 eric draven 2003-03-14 07:25:55 UTC
I'm getting the same problem as Andy, redhat 8 install failing, but on a celeron
300a system. This is my 3rd time trying, same error every time, even tried
installing with kde instead of gnome and am still getting this error. 

(anaconda:76): GnomeCanvas-CRITICAL **: file gnome-canvas-path-def.c: line 1142
(gnome_canvas_path_def_any_closed): assertion 'path != NULL' failed

above is repeated 8 times, then says
install exited abnormally
sending termination signals...done
sending kill signals...done
disabling swap...
unmounting filesystems...
ejecting /tmp/cdrom...
you may safely reboot your system

Comment 11 Bugzilla owner 2004-09-30 15:40:26 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

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