Feisty boot fail "can't access tty" IDE SATA problem

Bug #106864 reported by jerrylamos on 2007-04-15
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
linux (Ubuntu)
linux-source-2.6.20 (Baltix)
linux-source-2.6.20 (Ubuntu)
linux-source-2.6.22 (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Feisty 20070415 CD Live "can't access tty" will not boot.

Dapper's running great on same system, 1280x960 LCD, Intel 82845G graphics so I didn't understand the "tty" failure.

Tried booting a bunch of times chasing around mulititude of boot options and got dozens of screenfulls of errors. Most significant:
"...device sda Write cache enabled Read cache enabled doesn't support DPO or FUA." No idea what that means.
More tweaking on boot commands see lots of "sector errors". Looks bad.
Finally saw a "fsck failed, see /var/log/checkfs" buried in the middle of the messages that roar up the screen. When the messages stop there's not much running so I can't look at or save anything with anything I tried.

The hard drive is an IDE, WDC AC143006. I disconnected it and Feisty booted right up, no hard drive installed on the computer. If I'm running CD Live, it would be nice to get an "fsck fail" message and boot on up so I could look at it. Evidently Feisty CD Live won't run if it has errors with the hard drive, which obviously it doesn't even need since it will run without it.

Whatever code Feisty is using to support this IDE drive doesn't work. I plugged the hard drive back in and Dapper booted right up beautifully, and Feisty boot still fails. Any chance of a package to put hard drive IDE code into Feisty instead of SATA? Otherwise this system's staying with Dapper. (Runs great, by the way!).

The error message is misleading: from the "can't access tty" I was chasing screen drivers and graphics modes. If the error had been reported as "fsck error" in the first place it would be more to the point.

So there are three Feisty CD Live bugs here:
1. Feisty won't boot with a hard drive that runs fine on Dapper.
2. Feisty error message is misleading pointing to tty instead of hard drive.
3. Feisty boot failed on hardware it didn't need to run.

Cheers, Jerry

stniyi (stniyi) wrote :

Hello there, thank you for reporting this bug. However it seems to be a duplicate of bug #78380

Colin Watson (cjwatson) wrote :

I've removed the duplicate marker as the message you appear to be using as justification for the duplication is in fact a harmless side-effect of whatever the real problem is. Please do not duplicate bugs with this symptom.

Colin Watson (cjwatson) wrote :

We need information from before the final "can't access tty" message, which is just a harmless side-effect. Is it possible to boot without the "quiet" and "splash" boot options (use F6 at the CD boot menu to edit the kernel command line and remove those) and take a photograph of the screen with the exact detailed output?

Arjan Kon (arj-nkon) wrote :

I think i have the same problem. After booting:

BusyBox etc.

and after +-15 seconds this appear:

(initramfs)[92.774110] ata1: port failed to respond (30 secs, Status 0xd0)
[95332400] ata2.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x0 action 0x2 frozen
[95332450] ata2.00: (FMDMA stat 0x25)
[95332497] ata2.00: cmd a0/01:00:00:00:00/00:00:00:00:00/a0 tag 0 cdb 0x12 d
ata 254 in
[97.826402] ata2.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x0 action 0x2 frozen
[97.826451] ata2.00: (FMDMA stat 0x25)
[97.826498] ata2.00: cmd a0/01:00:00:00:00/00:00:00:00:00/a0 tag 0 cdb 0x12 d
ata 254 in

p3 1ghz 815 or 815e chipset

Arjan Kon (arj-nkon) wrote :
Arjan Kon (arj-nkon) wrote :
Arjan Kon (arj-nkon) wrote :
Changed in linux-source-2.6.20:
assignee: nobody → ubuntu-kernel-team
Colin Watson (cjwatson) wrote :

Also, if you are suffering from this, could you post 'lspci -vvnn' output from a live CD if possible?

Note that similar symptoms may occur with several different classes of hardware, and so it may be better to file a new bug than to assume that your bug is the same as this one.

jerrylamos (jerrylamos) wrote :

Attached is final screen from "can't acess tty". There are other screens preceding which I might be able to get if useful. I've tried 20070215 Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu which as I might expect fail similarly, however some of the error screens may be a little different. And yes, I verified that the Dapper installed still runs just fine from the hard drive, and that all three 20070215's boot up fine when the hard drive is disconnected.

Cheers, Jerry

Arjan Kon (arj-nkon) wrote :

So I should open a new bug report? It seems a different error to me...

jerrylamos (jerrylamos) wrote :

Put in an extra cable to put the IDE hard drive on IDE2, while the CDROM is on IDE1. Ubuntu booted right up, no "can't access tty" errors.

Attached is syslog from the successful boot with CDROM on IDE1 & HD on IDE2.

Next option might be to try a different hard drive on IDE1 with the CDROM.....

Cheers, Jerry

jerrylamos (jerrylamos) wrote :

2nd hard drive has never been used and didn't help. It will need partitioning, formatting, etc. "Real Soon Now".

Verified Ubuntu Feisty 20070415 gets "can't access tty" with HD and CDROM on IDE1. With HD moved to IDE2 Ubuntu boots fine.

Any ideas?

Cheers, Jerry

Ben Collins (ben-collins) wrote :

The quick workaround for this on an installed system is to add "piix" to /etc/initramfs-tools/modules, and run "sudo update-initramfs -u"

For installing a system, add break-top to the kernel cmdline via the bootgfx menu. Once at a busybox prompt, run "modprobe piix". Then "exit" the shell. Once the system is installed, the above work around will also be needed.

We are working on an update to fix this.

Ben Collins (ben-collins) wrote :

Marking "Later" as there is no Feisty:updates milestone yet,

Changed in linux-source-2.6.20:
importance: Undecided → High
status: Needs Info → Confirmed
Ben Collins (ben-collins) wrote :

In my comment above, break-top should be break=top.

Mathieu Marquer (slasher-fun) wrote :

Same problem for me for a while now, I try the workaround and I'll make a feedback. See also https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/104581

Medya (medya) wrote :

I have the same problem ,
I re-burnt the CD with lowest speed possibe (8x) and i still get the same error.
and I DID check the CD's integrity and it said the CD has NO errors .

I have a DVD-ROM and CD-RW , and two IDE hard disks (one 160 GB and one 40GB)
I did something , I un-pluged the CD-RW and left the DVD-ROM alone , and the error changed completely
this time I didnt get those erros but I saw Ubuntu Logo and Progress Bar but it went forever and I didnt go forward ...

I hitted CTR+ALT+F1 and it showed me this repeating "error running install command binfmt_0000"

take a look at this too:

Medya (medya) wrote :

I should also say,

the other time I un-plugged the DVD-ROM and left the CD-RW alone,
but this time the error didnt change and I still got "can't access tty" error

I should mention , my DVD-ROM is an old Asus 16X and it is Master
and my CD-RW is Samsung and it is Slave.

Medya (medya) wrote :

oh sorry , I like to also add something else ,

since After Dapper, I cant read Video CDs in ubuntu with any player (I can play EVERYTHING except Video CDs) , another guy also had this problem...
you can read about it here http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=380953

that problem is so so Similar to this one , I think since "after dapper" there is something wrong with reading CDs in ubuntu.
I hope this infromation can help to solve this bug.

Alex van Niel (alexvanniel) wrote :

The work around presented by Ben Collins worked for the feisty install on my girlfriends system. Just wanted to let you know.

Alex van Niel (alexvanniel) wrote :

By the way, there was nothing wrong with the way the CD was read on my girlfriends computer. The alternate worked fine, although I did get these ata2. errors but after waiting for a while I could install Feisty. After installation applying the work around made the terrible delay and the errors go away.

Medya (medya) wrote :

I really didnt get what Ben Collins said ...
can somebody tell me what to do to install ubuntu ?

Mathieu Marquer (slasher-fun) wrote :

As I said I tried the workaround that Ben told us to try, and here is the result 2 days later :
First errors :
[17179579.256000] hda: dma_intr: status=0x51 { DriveReady SeekComplete Error }
[17179579.256000] hda: dma_intr: error=0x84 { DriveStatusError BadCRC }

Then I had to reboot the computer. GRUB showed an error 24, so I made an fsck on the "/" partition, and now it only lasts on it a "lost+found" directory that is totally empty... It only lasts me to reinstall Ubuntu now...

Medya (medya) wrote :

Hey Guys Update !
as I said I have two hard disk and a DVD-ROM and a CD-RW
I un-pluged the CD-RW and the windows Hard Disk .

and I installed the ubuntu fiesty sucessfully, but the problem is , now when I plug the CD-RW or windows Hard Disk (which all my important files are there) i get the same error which I used to get in Live CD .

it is a very serious issue ubuntu guys must solve it !

Samy Marcelo (samymarcelo) wrote :

I got the same "can't acess tty" error, with Feisty Beta and Kubuntu, with this output:

[81.450108] ata2.00: port failed to respond (30 seconds, Status 0xd0)
[83.260473] ata2.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x0 action 0x2 frozen
[83.260520] ata2.00: (BDMA stat 0x65)
[83.260564] ata2.00: cmd a0/01:00:00:00:00/00:00:00:00:00/a0 tag 0 cdb 0x12 d
ata 254 in
[83.752693] ata2.00: revalidation failed (errno=-5)
[118.720776] ata2.00: port failed to respond (30 seconds, Status 0xd0)

lspci output is attached

And I agree, this is a serious issue!

Tiemen Gysels (tiemelijn) wrote :

After an upgrade to Feisty, system takes forever to boot.

There were some 'ata2.01: failed to set xfermode (err_mask=0x4)' errors, so i applied Ben Collins solution and everything went smooth.

Medya (medya) wrote :

 Tiemen Gysels can you tell me , what did u exactly? I didnt get what colin said...

Alex van Niel (alexvanniel) wrote :

A bit further back you can read his work around. In any case here is the comment with the work around: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux-source-2.6.20/+bug/106864/comments/13

Peter T Hayward (energonic) wrote :

I have followed Ben's advice, using modprobe piix, and got Feisty installed on my parallels guest (in a mac mini). After rebooting to the installed system (again using modprobe piix) I put piix into the initramfs modules file and ran the update. On the next reboot I am still prompted by busybox and still have to do modprobe piix to boot. The entry is in the modules file so I suspect initramfs is not using the modules file at the point it prompts.
This problem needs an urgent fix since it seems to affect quite a number of different systems.
On the face of it the kernel was built with piix as a module, rather than built-in.

I did another workaround and got everything working.
No slow boot with "waiting for root file system and no "can't access tty" error.

I went in to Bios changed the IDE Configuration settings from AHCI to Standard IDE.

Medya (medya) wrote :
Telefo (buonprezzo) wrote :

I had the same problem and I followed Ben's advice and now all works!

Id2ndR (id2ndr) wrote :

I have the same problem too, but I wasn't able to boot with Ben's advice because if I use break=top, I can't write anything on busybox. This should be the case because I use an USB keyboard that is normaly detected after tty access error.

 Hi, any chance you could borrow a keyboard with another type of connection just to get the problem fix put on?

 Cheers, Jerry

 -----Original Message-----
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 To: <email address hidden>
 Sent: Sat, 28 Apr 2007 4:33 PM
 Subject: [Bug 106864] Re: Feisty boot fail "can't access tty" IDE SATA problem

  I have the same problem too, but I wasn't able to boot with Ben's advice
because if I use break=top, I can't write anything on busybox. This
should be the case because I use an USB keyboard that is normaly
detected after tty access error.

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Alex van Niel (alexvanniel) wrote :

USB keyboards can be enabled during boot up .. just enable USB Legacy support in your BIOS

Id2ndR (id2ndr) wrote :

jerrylamos, you shouldn't have use you mail client because now our addresses are on the internet and can be catch automatically.

Otherwise, I don't think the problem is fix if I had to load a module manually, whereas it works with older version.
Kernel team have to fix it : that should load piix manually if needed.

Azalin, I only have usb keyboard here (supported by my bios, but not loaded before the break of the kernel). But I don't need to run Ubuntu on this computer, I have an other one.

Ralf (ralf-weyer) wrote :

Any news on this? It's been almost 3 weeks ago since feisty got released and the problem still exists! There are no newer install cd's, and the recommandation from Ben (piix) did not work for me. My pc has no SATA-devices (not even a SATA-controller), and I'm not able to install and work with feisty without this error.

Very strange but the update from edgy worked, only new installation will not. So I have Feisty running on my computer, but I can not recommand it to friends - most of them newbees - who are asking me over and over again if they can try to install it now, since I'm almost sure they will run into problems and turn away from Linux at all.



Eduardo Silva (jobezone) wrote :

Could this be the source of the problem?
"The linux-image-2.6.20-15-generic package doesn't install a upgraded initrd.img"

Eduardo Silva (jobezone) wrote :

Please disregard my comment, just learned how inird.img is generated during installation and is not part of any ubuntu package. Also closed my bug.

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quique1hn (quique1hn) wrote :

I had the same problen with Tribe 1, whith feisty a floppy disk take care the problem but no lucky in Gutsy

Alexander van Loon (avanloon) wrote :

Same here, I tried the Ubuntu 7.10 Tribe 1 i386 Live CD, and I got the same error. I also experienced that the floppy drive was busy, even though it didn't have a disk inserted. And I don't have SATA harddisks, if that is relevant to this problem.

I'd really like to be able to boot Tribe 1, so I tried to follow the workaround posted by Ben Collins - https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux-source-2.6.20/+bug/106864/comments/13 - but it didn't work.

As soon as I start up my PC and see the Live CD menu, I hit F6, type "break=top" (without the quotation marks of course), and I press "Enter". After a while I see this error message:

Loading, please wait...
Spawning shell within the initramfs

Busybox v1.1.3 (Debian 1:1.1.3-4ubuntu3) Built-in shell (ash)
Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands.

/bin/sh: can't access tty; job control turned off
(initramfs) <the text input cursor flashes here>

However, if I try to type "modprobe piix", no text will appear, the flashing text input cursor doesn't do anything. The same happened when I tried the workaround with the Ubuntu 7.04 release i386 Live CD. Why doesn't it accept any text input? A solution which works would be appreciated, because I'd really like to install Tribe 1.

Mike Coleman (tutufan) wrote :

For what it's worth, I tried GG Tribe 1 just now, and I also am not able to boot.

Can anyone point to any ongoing discussion of progress on this bug? I've googled around a bit but I'm not seeing anything. I wonder if anyone is even working on it...

Id2ndR (id2ndr) wrote :

> Can anyone point to any ongoing discussion of progress on this bug?
> I've googled around a bit but I'm not seeing anything. I wonder if
> anyone is even working on it...
I wonder the same thing but in general for bugs on lauchpad.
The trouble is that developers don't use this (launchpad) so this seems
to be only a list of bugs :(

Maybe we can create a new bug for this trouble ? It may looks like this
one : https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+bug/1
What do people think about that ?

Bananabob (bananabob) wrote :

Is https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+bug/120285 a duplicate of this problem?

jerrylamos (jerrylamos) wrote :

My interpretation, "can't access tty" is a catchall message that something broke somewhere and Ubuntu isn't going to tell you what failed. Example Gutsy winds up with the same message on the same hardware, however the developer's fix break=top and modprobe piix don't work because it fails before the break occurs, and in any case doesn't have module piix.

The situation appears to be quite time dependent and although there are a bunch of us who would be quite willing to try fixes, there's no indication that Ubuntu development is looking into this situation.

For computers that "can't access tty" either use Edgy or PCLinuxOS or maybe you can come up with a trick way to boot.....

Cheers, Jerry

Jens Rantil (jens-rantil) wrote :

Hi, I am also experiencing this bug on a friends computer. I have tried the "break=top"-solution and also the piix-module solution - neither of these two worked. I should also state that I didn't see any activity in the floppy drive that was connected to the computer. Since it is my friends computer I can not give a more indepth description right now.

Knoppix boots up fine (kernel 2.6.19 I think).

I am thinking of trying to install Dapper and try upgrading through internet efterwards. Maybe something that could work. I've also seen someone fix the problem by swapping cables to the SATA harddrive(s) - it's not very scientific but it's worth a try.

jerrylamos (jerrylamos) wrote :

On one of the myriad forums on "can't access tty" someone said they were able to download and burn the alternate CD, and then install O.K. The alternate doesn't run as a live CD, it is just for doing install and is a lot more streamlined than the CD Live. If the Alternate is missing some packages they can be downloaded and installed from Synaptic or Add/Remove. This might be a lot cleaner than the upgrades which can have problems according to the forums.

I haven't tried it since I'm basically looking for bugs, and I do have another computer which runs Gutsy O.K. (with usual Alpha type problems and many Feisty problems which aren't fixed on Gutsy). Cheers, Jerry

JP (joaopr02) wrote :

The problem "can't access tty". also occurs in the version Gutsy Tribe 3.
 My the Hardware is: HD Sata Maxtor 80GB

Ronc55 (ronc55) wrote :

This bug also occurs with Linux Mint 2.20. Ihave an old IBM Thinkpad R30. I tried to install Linux Mint after many tries with all versions of Fiesty Fawn and then bailed out to Linux Mint. Received the same error message but I had removed the quiet splash and their installer suggested using "irqpoll". I put that at the end of the command line (f6) entry after removing the "quiet splash" and it installed. Went back to Ubuntu and did the same thing - added "irqpoll:" and it installed as well. I then went ahead with the full desktop installation. I once again received the standard tty error at reboot. I started in rescue mode and modified the /boot/grub/menu.lst to simply add irqpoll at the end of the command line and I have a running system. When I added the new kernal from I again had to modify the command line, but it continues to work. Hope this helps.

Adam (adam.russell) wrote :
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Kubuntu Feisty Fawn
kernel 2.6.20-16-generic

I believe the problem is occuring with my SATA hard drive, which is a Samsung SP0812C. It stops responding quite often. It seems that most people that are having this problem are fixing it with 'piix', but I have a VIA chipset rather than an Intel one. I will attach some logs below. Relevant dmesg lines:

[ 2416.505383] ata1.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x0 action 0x2 frozen
[ 2416.505394] ata1.00: cmd c8/00:90:e6:54:5b/00:00:00:00:00/e2 tag 0 cdb 0x0 data 73728 in
[ 2416.505396] res 40/00:00:00:00:00/00:00:00:00:00/00 Emask 0x4 (timeout)
[ 2416.505414] ata1: soft resetting port
[ 2416.671775] ATA: abnormal status 0x7F on port 0x0001e007
[ 2416.682280] ATA: abnormal status 0x7F on port 0x0001e007
[ 2416.693332] ata1.00: ata_hpa_resize 1: sectors = 156368016, hpa_sectors = 156368016
[ 2416.705299] ata1.00: ata_hpa_resize 1: sectors = 156368016, hpa_sectors = 156368016
[ 2416.705303] ata1.00: configured for UDMA/100
[ 2416.705314] ata1: EH complete
[ 2416.727567] SCSI device sda: 156368016 512-byte hdwr sectors (80060 MB)
[ 2416.727651] sda: Write Protect is off
[ 2416.727653] sda: Mode Sense: 00 3a 00 00
[ 2416.741889] SCSI device sda: write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA
[ 2446.704938] ata1.00: limiting speed to UDMA/33:PIO4
[ 2446.704945] ata1.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x0 action 0x2 frozen
[ 2446.704953] ata1.00: cmd c8/00:88:e6:7d:5d/00:00:00:00:00/e1 tag 0 cdb 0x0 data 69632 in
[ 2446.704955] res 40/00:00:00:00:00/00:00:00:00:00/00 Emask 0x4 (timeout)
[ 2453.697731] ata1: port is slow to respond, please be patient (Status 0xd0)
[ 2476.684824] ata1: port failed to respond (30 secs, Status 0xd0)
[ 2476.684831] ata1: soft resetting port
[ 2476.855210] ATA: abnormal status 0x7F on port 0x0001e007
[ 2476.865714] ATA: abnormal status 0x7F on port 0x0001e007
[ 2476.876786] ata1.00: ata_hpa_resize 1: sectors = 156368016, hpa_sectors = 156368016
[ 2476.888756] ata1.00: ata_hpa_resize 1: sectors = 156368016, hpa_sectors = 156368016
[ 2476.888760] ata1.00: configured for UDMA/33
[ 2476.888771] ata1: EH complete
[ 2476.909818] SCSI device sda: 156368016 512-byte hdwr sectors (80060 MB)
[ 2476.912474] sda: Write Protect is off
[ 2476.912478] sda: Mode Sense: 00 3a 00 00
[ 2476.916458] SCSI device sda: write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA
[ 2507.060115] ata1.00: exception Emask 0x0 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x0 action 0x2 frozen
[ 2507.060126] ata1.00: cmd c8/00:20:b6:2d:04/00:00:00:00:00/e2 tag 0 cdb 0x0 data 16384 in
[ 2507.060128] res 40/00:00:00:00:00/00:00:00:00:00/00 Emask 0x4 (timeout)
[ 2514.052911] ata1: port is slow to respond, please be patient (Status 0xd0)
[ 2537.032018] ata1: port failed to respond (30 secs, Status 0xd0)
[ 2537.032025] ata1: soft resetting port
[ 2537.198411] ATA: abnormal status 0x7F on port 0x0001e007
[ 2537.208918] ATA: abnormal status 0x7F on port 0x0001e007
[ 2537.215986] ata1.00: ata_hpa_resize 1: sectors = 156368016, hpa_sectors = 156368016
[ 2537.223961] ata1.00: ata_hpa_resize 1: sectors = 156368016, hpa_sectors = 156368016
[ 2537.223964] ata1.00: configured for U...


Adam (adam.russell) wrote :
Adam (adam.russell) wrote :
Adam (adam.russell) wrote :
Adam (adam.russell) wrote :
Adam (adam.russell) wrote :
jerrylamos (jerrylamos) wrote :

I can't test this bug any more since my computer with the problem died of an unrelated failure.

Cheers, Jerry Amos

Mike Coleman (tutufan) wrote :

Me neither. The computer I had was replaced. (It was still pretty
snappy, but that's the policy.)

(My new ICH8-based system doesn't seem to have the problem, at least
not with Tribe 5.)

On 8/31/07, jerrylamos <email address hidden> wrote:
> I can't test this bug any more since my computer with the problem died
> of an unrelated failure.
> Cheers, Jerry Amos
> --
> Feisty boot fail "can't access tty" IDE SATA problem
> https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/106864
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description: updated
Henrik Nilsen Omma (henrik) wrote :

Leaving open as a High importance Gutsy tasks, but it's incomplete as no one has reported reproducing it on Gutsy yet.

Changed in linux-source-2.6.22:
importance: Undecided → High
status: New → Incomplete
Henrik Nilsen Omma (henrik) wrote :

Too late to fix this for Feisty.

Changed in linux-source-2.6.20:
status: Confirmed → Won't Fix
Id2ndR (id2ndr) wrote :

I confirm this bug on Ubuntu Gutsy tribe 5.

It would be a share that lots of users can't use liveCd, as it was already the case with feisty.

Alexander van Loon (avanloon) wrote :

Henrik Nilsen Onma, in my comment, comment #69, (https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux-source-2.6.20/+bug/106864/comments/69) I already reported reproducing it on Gutsy/7.10 three months ago.

Id2ndR (id2ndr) wrote :

Undo of Henrik Nilsen Omma's change that was a mistake

Changed in linux-source-2.6.22:
status: Incomplete → Confirmed
Id2ndR (id2ndr) wrote :

Maybe the bug is now fixed. I can now access my IDE cdrom drive on current installed version of gutsy and up-to-date (see bug #134881), so I'll tried to download the latest daily cdimage and test it.

Id2ndR (id2ndr) wrote :

Ok, this bug is realy fixed for me on two computers :
- An old one using intel 815 chipset, and now using ata_piix linux driver with 82801AA IDE Controller
- A new one using intel G35 chipset using pata_marvel linux driver (bug #134881)

I tested it with ubuntu livecd daily 20070921.1 on both.

Changed in linux-source-2.6.22:
assignee: nobody → ubuntu-kernel-team

I've run into this issue once again. Originally occured using a Feisty LiveCD, this time I'm using a final-release Gutsy LiveCD. System specs are same as before, and are as follows:

IBM eServer xSeries 232 (Type 8668-27X)
Dual P3 1.13GHz
1GB registered ECC-SDRAM
6 x 18.2GB IBM 10k u160 SCSI hard drives
nVidia Geforce FX 5200 PCI card (so as not to use the on-board ATI controller)

None of the fixes I've come across for this issue have worked, from simply inserting a floppy, to using 'break=top' with 'modprobe piix' then 'exit' (can't find the piix module anyway)... generic.all_generic_ide=1 on the CD boot line doesn't work, nor does any combination of acpi=off, noapic, irqpoll, etc, etc...

I was hoping this was taken care of in Gutsy, but it appears it hasn't been addressed. The last LiveCD that has booted and installed on this machine without issue was Edgy. I installed Edgy and then performed a dist-upgrade to Feisty. I'd like to perform a fresh install of Gutsy without going through the dist-upgrade nonsense. It shouldn't be necessary.

David Roberts (david.roberts) wrote :

This problem is partially fixed for me:
- on my 64bit partition (fresh install of gutsy), this problem doesn't affect me
- on my 32bit partition (fresh install of feisty, upgraded to gutsy), I no longer receive a "can't access tty" error, but the initramfs shell still appears (hitting ctrl+D resumes the normal boot process). I'm not sure whether this is just a remnant of feisty, or whether the problem only affects 32bit installs (at least on my machine - Acer Extensa 5220)

BobH (bobajot) wrote :

Running on a abit IP35 with PATA dvd drive and Samsung hd501lj SATA hard drive on SATA port 2 I need the workaround irqpoll for the live CD. I loaded a new 7.10 32bit install with the alternate cd which partitioned and populated ok but produces this issue on cold boot. Ctrl D allows the system to come up. Otherwise eventual busybox and initramfs shell EVERY time. The Ubuntu rescue stuff fails on can't find disk. I made no changes to the BIOS it is already set at IDE for SATA.

Are there any "knock on" effects from using Ctrl D?

BobH (bobajot) wrote :

Since I have updated Ubuntu from its raw 7.10 status I am no longer able to get Ctrl D to work. Since Windows XP works and there is no point continuing with this exercise until somebody comes up with a fix. I cannot get a NVidia 8800gt to work either so was using a 7600 for this exercise. I already have Ubuntu 7.10 running on two other boxes one an AMD5200 on a K9 Neo which has a Maxtor 500g SATA drive and a PATA dvd. Why that box works (7600 Nvidia) and this doesn't is outside my skill level. The weird thing is that the AMD box needs no changes to anything including the live CD in order to function so what is unique on the IP35?

Toni Helenius (toni-helenius) wrote :

Ok, Edgy worked fine. And Feisty for a little while (but the LiveCD of Feisty didn't boot, but a upgraded Egdy -> Feisty worked until some update on Feisty). I was eventually successful booting Feisty's kernel with the suggested "break=top; modprobe piix; exit" as most of people here.

I updated Feisty -> Gutsy. A big mistake! Gutsy's kernel doesn't have the deprecated (?) module "piix". And its successor "ata_piix" or anything really, including the boot options, doesn't work. Fortunately Kubuntu's version upgrade has never worked for me on any computer, so I have a punch of old kernels intact. Gutsy runs ok with Feisty's kernel.

I tried Kubuntu Hardy's Alpha 2 LiveCD and it was a great success! It actually booted (and fast?!). But I'm not comfortable to upgrade this installed version to Alpha. But so it seems to be fixed in Hardy...

My hardware:
P4 2,4
Intel 845GEBV2 motherboard
Primary ATA: Samsung Spinpoint 5400rpm 80Gt
Secondary ATA: Nec 3xxx CD/DVD burner (I tried disabling this to fix the problem -> didn't work)

Toni, thanks for testing the Hardy Alpha release. I'm glad to hear things appear to be working with Hardy Alpha. Since jerry (the original reporter) no longer has the hardware to verify this is resolved and no one else has commented this still being an issue in Hardy I'm going to mark this "Fix Released" against Hardy. If anyone else tests Hardy and still experiences issues, care to please open a new bug report against the 'linux' package. You can download and try the new Hardy Heron Alpha release from http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/hardy/ . You should be able to then test using the LiveCD. General information regarding the release can also be found here: http://www.ubuntu.com/testing/ . Thanks.

Changed in linux:
status: New → Fix Released
Changed in linux-source-2.6.20:
status: New → Invalid
Changed in linux-source-2.6.22:
status: Confirmed → Won't Fix
Vincent Ladeuil (vila) wrote :

I encountered the problem wit Feisty on a virtual machine.
Upgrading to Gutsy solved the problem (i.e. the modprode piix is not needed anymore).
Hope that helps someone :)

Guille (linuxcompiler) wrote :

I have this problem and "modprobe piix" didn't solve it.

The Fold (stuart-luscombe) wrote :

I have been getting this problem while trying to boot Hardy off a Wubi install process. I am using the 64-bit version.

I am currently running an Abit IB9 motherboard which has an IT8211 IDE controller as well as a SATA controller. Previously I've encountered this problem with Feisty and could not resolve it. With Feisty the boot would get so far then crash out to BusyBox but also hang the whole system. With Hardy it gets so far, displays the below output just before crashing out to BusyBox but it will still let me type, although it is very lagged.

I have tried disabling the IDE controller in the BIOS and I only have 1 SATA drive connected.

It's worth noting that I don't get this problem booting from a Knoppix LiveCD, although I'm sure it could be any number of things that are different. I will be trying to alternate cd later today as well as the latest daily build to see if I get any success.

[output just before BusyBox]

ata3.00: qc timeout (cmd 0x27)
ata3.00: failed to read native max address (err_mask=0x4)
ata3.00: revalidation failed (errno=-5)
ata3: failed to recover some devices, retrying in 5 secs
ata3.00: disabled
ata3: soft resetting link
ata3: EH complete
ata_piix 0000:00:1f.5: MAP [ P0 -- P1 -- ]
ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:00:1f.5[b] -> GSI 19 (level, low) -> IRQ 19
PCI: Setting latency timer of device 0000:00:1f.5 to 64
scsi4 : ata_piix
scsi5 : ata_piix
ata5: SATA max UDMA/133 cmd 0xf300 ctl 0xf200 bmdma 0xef00 irq 19
ata6: SATA max UDMA/133 cmd 0xf100 ctl 0xf000 bmdma 0xef08 irq 19
SGI XFS with ACLs, security attributes, realtime, large block/inode numbers, no debug enabled
SGI XFS Quota Management subsystem
JFS: nTxBlock = 8192, nTxLock = 65536

godspeed (billabong-crews) wrote :

RONC55 :: thanks mate for your tips, it did work for me after changing the boot options to "irqpoll"

Per a decision made by the Ubuntu Kernel Team, bugs will longer be assigned to the ubuntu-kernel-team in Launchpad as part of the bug triage process. The ubuntu-kernel-team is being unassigned from this bug report. Refer to https://wiki.ubuntu.com/KernelTeamBugPolicies for more information. Thanks.

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