LiveCD doesn't boot on Averatec 2460 Intel Core Duo, RTL8139 NIC

Bug #64048 reported by el3ktro on 2006-10-04
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
linux (Ubuntu)
linux-source-2.6.17 (Ubuntu)
Fabián Rodríguez

Bug Description

As Dapper, Edgy won't even boot on my Averatec 2460. It has an Intel Core Duo CPU, Intel 945GM chipset, Intel GMA950 graphics and an RTL8139 onboard NIC. The problem is most likely due to the RTL8139 chip. The module 8139too has two modes: PIO and MMIO. In MMIO mode that Ubuntu uses it doesn't work, but when I install Breezy first, then update to Dapper and re-compile the Dapper kernel as-is, except with PIO mode enabled for 8139too, it works. I also have to disable loading of sd_hci in the Dapper kernel to successfully boot. This is pretty severe, because it prevents Dapper, Edgy from being installed or even run from the LiveCD at all on some new but not exotic hardware.

Fabián Rodríguez (magicfab) wrote :

Can you include the output of the lspci and dmesg commands as attached files ? Thsi is most likely related to Bug #48263 .

Changed in linux-source-2.6.17:
assignee: nobody → magicfab
Changed in linux-source-2.6.17:
status: Unconfirmed → Needs Info

hmm I can only attach the output of lspci and dmesg running Gentoo with a custom kernel. When I compile 8139too with PIO mode it works, if I compile it with MMIO mode, Gentoo hangs during boot.

Perhaps I just add that all Feisty releases so far also won't boot - they also hang as soon as 8139too is loaded.

Fabián Rodríguez (magicfab) wrote :

Workaround: add " acpi=noirq" to the boot options:

When you see the initial menu:
1) Press ESC - confirm you want tet boot mode
2) type " linux acpi=noirq" and enter
3) Live CD should boot normally

I think this is a duplicate of Bug # 90271. Can someone please confirm if the workaround I propose works ?

Unfortunately acpi=noirq doesn't help. I'm trying to resolve this bug for months now, in fact since Ubuntu 6.04, and NOTHING helps. Running Gentoo with a custom kernel and 8139too in PIO mode works flawlessly though - but I want Ubuntu back! Any chances to get this fixed for Feisty?

Fabián Rodríguez (magicfab) wrote :

Marking as duplicate of Bug #90271 as it's the same issue and #90271 has been confirmed and marked high.

The 18 month support period for Edgy Eft 6.10 has reached its end of life. As a result, we are closing the linux-source-2.6.17 Edgy Eft kernel task. However, development has already began for the upcoming Intrepid Ibex 8.10 release. It would be helpful if you could test the upcoming release and verify if this is still an issue - . If the issue still exists, please update this report by changing the Status of the "linux" task from "Incomplete" to "New". We appreciate your patience and understanding as we make this transition. Thanks!

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