Dapper Beta: Boot process stalls on "Mounting root filesystem..."

Bug #36667 reported by Matt Bretl on 2006-03-26
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Bug Description

I have not been able to boot from the Flight 4, Flight 5, Flight 6, or Beta LiveCDs on my desktop system. Here's the full walkthrough:

1. I press Enter to select "Start Ubuntu". The system displays "Loading essential drivers" and then stalls on the next line, "Mounting root filesystem..." The orange IDE activity LED stays fully lit for about a minute.

2. Eventually, the splash screen disappears, and following is displayed:

Uncompressing Linux... Ok, booting the kernel.
hdc: ide_intr: huh? expected NULL handler on exit
hdc: ide_intr: huh? expected NULL handler on exit
Buffer I/O error on device hdc, logical block 156349
hdc: ide_intr: huh? expected NULL handler on exit
hdc: ide_intr: huh? expected NULL handler on exit
Buffer I/O error on device hdc, logical block 156349
hdc: ide_intr: huh? expected NULL handler on exit
hdc: ide_intr: huh? expected NULL handler on exit
Buffer I/O error on device hdc, logical block 156349
hdc: ide_intr: huh? expected NULL handler on exit
hdc: ide_intr: huh? expected NULL handler on exit
Buffer I/O error on device hdc, logical block 156349
Shadow passwords are now on.
Generating locales... en_US.UTF-8... up-to-date
Generation complete.
md5sum: /etc/X11/xorg.conf: No such file or directory
 * Preparing restricted drivers...
 * Starting basic networking...
 * Starting kernel event manager...
 * Loading hardware drivers...
 * Starting PCMCIA services...
 * PCMCIA not present.
 * Loading manual drivers...
mount: Function not implemented
 * Starting RAID devices... <snip, couldn't keep up>

The first 13 lines creep along (each line takes ~10 seconds to display), but the rest of the boot process continues at a fairly normal pace.

3. Eventually, the boot "finishes" and the screen goes blank. I hear the bassline of the GDM login screen, but there's no image. My monitor's indicator light blinks, and I tried turning it on and off, and hitting Auto... nothing. I can Ctrl-Alt-Backspace to a prompt, and perform some basic commands. Networking (and obviously sound) work just fine. "startx" takes me right back to a blank screen. Starting in safe graphics mode yielded the exact same result. I checked /var/log/Xorg.0.log for anything abnormal, and there were a few messages about the 200-some Mhz and 150-some MHz being higher than acceptable, which was 140 MHz. Sorry if the numbers are off.

Specs:
AMD Athlon 2400+
ASUS A7N8X Deluxe
nVidia GeForce FX 5200
Samsung TS-H552U DVD-RW/CD-RW Drive

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Sitsofe Wheeler (sitsofe) wrote :

Could you attach the output of
lspci
?

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Matt Bretl (mpbretl) wrote :

lspci:

0000:00:00.0 Host bridge: nVidia Corporation nForce2 AGP (different version?) (rev c1)
0000:00:00.1 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation nForce2 Memory Controller 1 (rev c1)0000:00:00.2 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation nForce2 Memory Controller 4 (rev c1)0000:00:00.3 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation nForce2 Memory Controller 3 (rev c1)0000:00:00.4 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation nForce2 Memory Controller 2 (rev c1)0000:00:00.5 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation nForce2 Memory Controller 5 (rev c1)0000:00:01.0 ISA bridge: nVidia Corporation nForce2 ISA Bridge (rev a4)
0000:00:01.1 SMBus: nVidia Corporation nForce2 SMBus (MCP) (rev a2)
0000:00:02.0 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation nForce2 USB Controller (rev a4)
0000:00:02.1 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation nForce2 USB Controller (rev a4)
0000:00:02.2 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation nForce2 USB Controller (rev a4)
0000:00:04.0 Ethernet controller: nVidia Corporation nForce2 Ethernet Controller (rev a1)
0000:00:05.0 Multimedia audio controller: nVidia Corporation nForce MultiMedia audio [Via VT82C686B] (rev a2)
0000:00:06.0 Multimedia audio controller: nVidia Corporation nForce2 AC97 Audio Controler (MCP) (rev a1)
0000:00:08.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation nForce2 External PCI Bridge (rev a3)0000:00:09.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation nForce2 IDE (rev a2)
0000:00:0c.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation nForce2 PCI Bridge (rev a3)
0000:00:0d.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): nVidia Corporation nForce2 FireWire (IEEE 1394) Controller (rev a3)
0000:00:1e.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation nForce2 AGP (rev c1)
0000:01:08.0 Multimedia controller: Philips Semiconductors SAA7133 Audio+video broadcast decoder (rev 10)
0000:01:0b.0 RAID bus controller: Silicon Image, Inc. (formerly CMD Technology Inc) SiI 3112 [SATALink/SATARaid] Serial ATA Controller (rev 02)
0000:02:01.0 Ethernet controller: 3Com Corporation 3C920B-EMB Integrated Fast Ethernet Controller [Tornado] (rev 40)
0000:03:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV34 [GeForce FX 5200] (rev a1)

description: updated
Matt Bretl (mpbretl) on 2006-03-29
description: updated
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Matt Bretl (mpbretl) wrote :

I repeated the process, removing "quiet nosplash" from the boot arguments. Here is the complete error message, which begins right after loading the OHCI module:

hdc: cdrom_decode_status: error=0x51 { DriveReady SeekComplete Error}
hdc: cdrom_decode_status: error=0x40 { LastFailedSense = 0x04 }
ide: failed opcode was: unknown
hdc: cdrom_decode_status: error=0x51 { DriveReady SeekComplete Error}
hdc: cdrom_decode_status: error=0x40 { LastFailedSense = 0x04 }
ide: failed opcode was: unknown
hdc: cdrom_decode_status: error=0x51 { DriveReady SeekComplete Error}
hdc: cdrom_decode_status: error=0x40 { LastFailedSense = 0x04 }
ide: failed opcode was: unknown
hdc: cdrom_decode_status: error=0x51 { DriveReady SeekComplete Error}
hdc: cdrom_decode_status: error=0x40 { LastFailedSense = 0x04 }
ide: failed opcode was: unknown
hdc: DMA disabled
ide_intr: huh? expected NULL handler on exit
hdc: ATAPI reset complete
end_request: I/O error, dev hdc, sector 1244496
Buffer I/O error on device hdc, logical block 155562

This sequence repeats about four times. After the last time, it continues booting, and the next line I recognized was "Begin: Moving mount points..." I tried to catch any other hdc error, but the screen was scrolling pretty damn fast. One of them said "failed opcode was: 0xec". There are (obviously) a lot of errors during the boot process about Missing /some/directory, and eventually it asks me to remove the CD and reboot.

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Matt Bretl (mpbretl) wrote :

Similar to: https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+bug/36827

Using the very latest Ubuntu snapshot (0329.1), I tried the boot options suggested, but none of them worked. I will download the latest Kubuntu snapshot and give it a try.

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Matt Bretl (mpbretl) wrote :

No luck on Kubuntu, either.

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Giuseppe Pennisi (giupenni78) wrote :

Like bug 36827 that I have open.

With latest Ubuntu and Kubuntu snapshot the problem has been fixed, you try to insert irqpoll and noapic parameters in grub option (or you try to insert only noapic parameter).

Regards,
gp

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Matt Bretl (mpbretl) wrote :

Sorry, but the problem is not fixed. I just tried the 0331 build from this morning with every possible boot parameter: irqpoll noapic nolapic acpi=off pci=noacpi

Matt Bretl (mpbretl) on 2006-03-31
description: updated
Matt Bretl (mpbretl) on 2006-03-31
description: updated
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reirob (reirob) wrote : Re: Flight 6: Boot process stalls on "Mounting root filesystem..."

I have the same problem with my desktop system (Celeron 1GHz, ASUS board, ...).

I managed to start it by typing in boot:
  live noacpi

Though I'm not sure that this is very related.

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Rounan (nrcavan) wrote :

I am experiencing the same problem with the AMD64 build of the Ubuntu Dapper Flight 6 LiveCD.

Error messages are essentially the same, except I get different block and sector numbers:

end_request: I/O error, dev hdc, sector 1309376
Buffer I/O error on device hdc, logical block 327344

I have tried the boot options listed above (irqpoll noapic noacpi) but have had no luck. I do not hear the GDM startup sound - the system doesn't seem to do anything but stall trying to read hdc.

I am on a K8 system, MSI K8N Platinum mobo with AMD3700+.

Output of lspci:

0000:00:00.0 Memory controller: nVidia Corporation: Unknown device 005e (rev a3)
0000:00:01.0 ISA bridge: nVidia Corporation: Unknown device 0050 (rev a3)
0000:00:01.1 SMBus: nVidia Corporation: Unknown device 0052 (rev a2)
0000:00:02.0 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation: Unknown device 005a (rev a2)
0000:00:02.1 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation: Unknown device 005b (rev a3)
0000:00:06.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation: Unknown device 0053 (rev f2)
0000:00:07.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation: Unknown device 0054 (rev f3)
0000:00:09.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation: Unknown device 005c (rev a2)
0000:00:0a.0 Bridge: nVidia Corporation: Unknown device 0057 (rev a3)
0000:00:0b.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation: Unknown device 005d (rev a3)
0000:00:0c.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation: Unknown device 005d (rev a3)
0000:00:0d.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation: Unknown device 005d (rev a3)
0000:00:0e.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation: Unknown device 005d (rev a3)
0000:00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 NorthBridge
0000:00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 NorthBridge
0000:00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 NorthBridge
0000:00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 NorthBridge
0000:01:06.0 Multimedia audio controller: Creative Labs: Unknown device 0008
0000:02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Marvell Technology Group Ltd.: Unknown device 4362 (rev 15)
0000:05:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation: Unknown device 00f9 (rev a2)

Matt Bretl (mpbretl) on 2006-04-04
Changed in initramfs-tools:
status: Unconfirmed → Confirmed
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Matt Bretl (mpbretl) wrote :
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mystictim (timgillibrand-yahoo) wrote :

Hi,
I have the same problem with the live CD Breezy Badger flight 6 i368 on my system. This is a MSI RS480M2 motherboard and AMD64 3500+ processor with ATI onboard graphics and an IBM Deckstar hard drive. Same symptoms as described in step 1 and 2. However in step 3. The login in screen dose finally appear and I can get the desktop up. However everything runs slowly and there are problems shutting down the system.

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pinus (pinus) wrote :

I have an Asus A7N8X-X (nForce2 400) board and have a similar problem. I once had it with my Debian installation. It happend when the generic IDE driver was used instead of the special nForce driver. It seams that the order of the drivers was the key to solve it.

Matt Bretl (mpbretl) on 2006-04-21
description: updated
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bati (attib) wrote :

Hi, Have exactly the same problem with Samsung TS-H552-U CD/DVDW. Perhaps it is related to Samsung drivers? Breezy worked perfectly all the time.

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Gorni Gupar (gorni) wrote :

Same problem here with an Asus DVD-E616A (master drive). I was able to start the LiveCD by booting on the slave drive (Pioneer DVR-108DX).

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Chip Piller (piller) wrote :

Same problem with the april 24 liveCD. I tested it on 3 different computers, all of which took at least 30 seconds during the "mounting root file system" step, all computers showing various drive errors in dmesg output.

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Matt Bretl (mpbretl) wrote :

I tried booting Dapper Beta on a system similar to my own: ASUS A7N8X Deluxe rev. 1.04 (mine is 2.00) and a Samsung 32x CD-RW (mine's a 16x DVD-RW) . Aside from the fact that it didn't default to 1280x1024 resolution, it worked flawlessly.

Matt Bretl (mpbretl) on 2006-04-25
description: updated
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bati (attib) wrote :

Tried livecd 6.06 and i386 6.06 with removed quiet and splash in command line. Both showing " ide: failed opcode was: unknown". I guess it is something with the optimiziation of compiler making the code which is too specific.

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Adam Conrad (adconrad) wrote :

These don't look like initramfs issues to me. Not sure why they landed on my plate.

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schneeland (schneeland) wrote :

I tried Dapper Beta 1 and Beta 2 and I have the same problem except for I do not even get error messages. The system just hangs at mounting root filesystem or, if I start withouth splash, it loads the ramdisk, but fails to load the kernel.

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schneeland (schneeland) wrote :

O.k. I played around a little further and noticed:

1) If I select any resolution and leave the splash, the system will hang at mounting root filesystems.

2) If I select 'VGA' and remove 'quiet splash --', I get unto a point were the boot process hangs at the USB adapter.

3) If I select any other resolution than VGA (but not 1280x1024), I do not see the boot messages (i.e. my screen is blank, but has a signal), but I can boot into the system (I just have to wait).

4) Regardless of what resolution I select at boot time, Dapper uses the (incorrect resolution of 1024x768, 60 Hz).

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bati (attib) wrote :

I disconnected the Samsung and tried with a Panasonic cdrw and it gave me also a flood of ide errors, no-dma warnings, etc. Now I quess it is something with PCI or chipset... As I have a spare 20Gig HW tried to install a clean Breezy from CD and then upgrade it through Web. It worked!!! Didnt try everything but it looks okay. So the bug is only at the install procedure - hardware detection might mix up smthing.

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bati (attib) wrote : Re: [Bug 36667] Re: Dapper Beta: Boot process stalls on "Mounting root filesystem..."

2006. 05. 5, péntek keltezéssel 05.41-kor bati ezt írta:
> *** This bug is a duplicate of bug 34172 ***
>
Maybe, but I will just repeat:
1. My cdrw media is new&clean passes md5 definitely no scratches
2. Booting always with no splash and no silent so that I can see all the
messages
3. This bug is persistent and reproducible
4. Oh yes, I tried a few BIOS modifications - not all, but didnot helped

My config:
Intel Celeron 1.7Ghz (P4C Wilamette 128)
Chipset: Sis645DX CPU to PCI Bridge on Board:ECS P4S5A/DX+ with 512 MB
Ram.
Warm greetings and hope that you take it seriously :)
By the way, the new face of Gnome/Ubuntu is IMPRESSIVE !
Just keep on.

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koftinoff (jeffk) wrote :

I just ran into this bug. This bug 36667 says that it is a duplicate of this bug, 34172, but I think they are separate.

I found a solution to the problem on my system. When I rebooted with out quiet and splash, I noticed the log scroll by saying that it recognized my cdrom drive as device hdf. Well, it always used to be hdc.

So the reason why it was hanging on 'waiting for root device' was because it was trying to load /dev/hda5 as my root device but for some reason the linux kernel after the upgrade decided to call my first hard drive "/dev/hde"...

So I modified grub/menu.lst and /etc/fstab and it boots fine...

FYI, before I upgraded to dapper, /proc/ide/ looked like:

drivers
hda -> ide0/hda
hdb -> ide0/hdb
hdc -> ide1/hdc
ide0
ide1

After booting the new kernel, /proc/ide looks like:

cmd64x
drivers
hdc -> ide1/hdc
hdd -> ide1/hdd
hde -> ide2/hde
hdf -> ide2/hdf
hdg -> ide3/hdg
ide1
ide2
ide3

I do have a scsi board and a promise ATA controller plugged in, but since these were in the system before, in my opinion the linux kernel should not have messed with my ide port ordering...

jeff koftinoff
<email address hidden>
www.jdkoftinoff.com

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Scott James Remnant (Canonical) (canonical-scott) wrote :

Jeff, I'm afraid you have bug 6367, which will not be fixed before dapper because we don't have time to test the impact of the fix on others.

There is a suggested fix in that bug, boot by adjusting the root= line, and then if the change was permanent just change hda in /etc/boot/grub.list and /etc/fstab to hde -- if the change happens depending on exterior forces (e.g. docking station) use UUID= lines

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MikeShriver (shriver) wrote :

I have a similar problem with the PPC version of the Dapper Ralease Candidate. I have tried booting on a 12" Aluminum Powerbook, a 15" Aluminum powerbook and a 13" iBook G4 without and all three have the same problem. All three freeze after spitting out a lot of similar messages and will refuse to boot.

I have yet to boot the live CD on a mac succesfully.

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Eugenia Loli-Queru (eloli) wrote :

I have the same problem on my AthlonXP machine. Ubuntu stalls on the "mounting root filesystem".

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windex (windex) wrote :

I'm getting the same bug as the parent, no matter what I disable or enable, on an A8N-E. This is not the same bug as the other bug, afaik, it's an issue with ide-cd and certian nforce4 ultra chipsets.

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Eugenia Loli-Queru (eloli) wrote :

Mine is a 4-year old VIA chipset.

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Eugenia Loli-Queru (eloli) wrote :

For me, the installer went through only after removing the “quiet splash –” from the default kernel line. The errors were still there, but at least it moved beyond.

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Steven S (mintcoffee) wrote :

I encountered this bug when using the LiveCD. I've had no problem installing with the Server CD tho. I have a Radeon Xpress 200 chipset.

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ChuckBing (chuckbing) wrote :

Launched the PC LiveCD on an unpartioned P3 machine. The GUI displayed "Mounting root file system" for quite a while, then displayed in text "Uncompressing Linux. . . Ok, booting the kernel." Then a series of "[nnn.nnn] hdd: ide_intr: huh? expected Null handler on exit" and "[nnn.nnn] I/O error on device hdd, logical block 357298". There were long delays after each line. I cancelled the process.

The same CD previously ran fine on another machine (P4) with Windows XP Pro running. Created the PC Alternate CD and it installed correctly on the P3 machine using the text installer. FWIW, the CD/DVD players on both machines have been in use a more than a year w/o problems. RedHat and Solaris have installed w/o problems on the P3.

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Nando Vieira (fe-address) wrote :

I'm trying to install (clear install) Dapper Final Release.

Here's the error:

hdc: ide_intr: huh? expected null handler on exit
Buffer I/O error on device hdc, logical block 357296

My config:

DVD-RW Samsung (bought 2 days ago)
ASUS A8N-SLI
AMD64 Venice 3700+
1 GB RAM Samsung
Radeon X300 256mb
HD 120GB Samsung
HD 20GB Seagate

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