Boot failure with x86_64 kernel

Bug #175406 reported by Andy Ross
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linux (Ubuntu)
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Undecided
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linux-source-2.6.22 (Ubuntu)
Won't Fix
Medium
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Bug Description

Binary package hint: linux-image-2.6.22-14-generic

I swapped a motherboard/CPU underneath a working Gutsy x86_64 installation, and the kernel fails to boot, immediately rebooting within 2-3 seconds of startup (I think it gets to unpacking the initramfs, but it's very hard to tell as things happen very fast). This is true for the installed kernel on the drive AND for the kernel on the installation CD. Both show the same behavior. Trying acpi=off does not affect the problem.

An re-installation of the i386 distribution works just fine. The problem is limited to x86_64.

I'll attach hardware configuration info as soon as I can figure out how to attach files (maybe it has to be done after the bug submission?). Summary:

Intel E6700 Core 2 Duo
Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L motherboard (Intel P35 Chipset) with latest BIOS
NVIDIA Geforce 8600GTS (worked fine with previous CPU/Motherboard)

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Andy Ross (andy-plausible) wrote :
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Andy Ross (andy-plausible) wrote :

Just to be clear: the above files were collected from the working i386 installation on the same hardware.

Changed in linux-source-2.6.22:
assignee: nobody → ubuntu-kernel-team
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: New → Triaged
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Leann Ogasawara (leannogasawara) wrote :

The Hardy Heron kernel was recently uploaded for testing. We'd really appreciate it if you could try testing with this newer kernel and verify if this issue still exists. Unfortunately, the Hardy Heron Alpha1 LiveCD was released with the older 2.6.22 kernel. You'll have to manually install the newer Hardy Heron kernel in order to test. This should not be the case for Alpha2 which is set to come out around Dec 20. However, here are the instructions to install if you choose to do so, otherwise just wait for Alpha2 to come out:

1) edit the file /etc/apt/sources.list and add the following line:

deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu hardy main restricted

2) sudo apt-get update
3) sudo apt-get install linux-image-2.6.24-1-generic
4) reboot and select the new kernel from the grub menu

After you've tested, please feel free to revert back - ie boot into the old kernel, sudo apt-get remove linux-image-2.6.24-1-generic, and remove the line from /etc/apt/sources.list . Please update this report with your results. Thanks in advance!

Changed in linux:
status: New → Incomplete
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Andy Ross (andy-plausible) wrote :

Unfortunately, those instructions won't work for me as, if the Hardy kernel is the same as the current one, I can't *install* Hardy in order to do package management tasks...

Is there an easy way to manually install that kernel somewhere it can be found by a i386 installation?

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Leann Ogasawara (leannogasawara) wrote :

Hardy Heron Alpha2 was recently released. It contains an updated version of the kernel. You can download and try the new Hardy Heron Alpha2 release from http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/hardy/alpha-2/ . You should be able to then test the new kernel via the LiveCD. If you can, please verify if this bug still exists or not and report back your results. General information regarding the release can also be found here: http://www.ubuntu.com/testing/hardy/alpha2 . Thanks!

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Andy Ross (andy-plausible) wrote :

I just got a chance to try this. Yes, the hardy alpha 2 kernel *does* boot successfully on this hardware. I didn't try anything beyond starting the install sequence and bouncing to a console to look at dmesg, but this is much farther than the gutsy kernel got. Is there any chance of this being fixed in gutsy, or will I have to wait for hardy?

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Leann Ogasawara (leannogasawara) wrote :

Hi Andy,

I'm glad to hear this is working for the newer version of Ubuntu. Unfortunately, you'll most likely have to wait for Hardy. It's not a question of importance regarding this bug but rather an issue with available resources to backport a fix. However, I'll leave this report open against linux-source-2.6.22 just in case someone can tackle the backport. Thanks.

Changed in linux:
status: Incomplete → Fix Released
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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote : Kernel team bugs

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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Sergio Zanchetta (primes2h) wrote :

The 18 month support period for Gutsy Gibbon 7.10 has reached its end of life -
http://www.ubuntu.com/news/ubuntu-7.10-eol . As a result, we are closing the
linux-source-2.6.22 kernel task.

Changed in linux-source-2.6.22 (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Won't Fix
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