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FC3: kernel panic on first boot



Hi,

First some system details:

Epox EP-D3VA motherboard
dual 1Ghz PIII processors
1.5GB RAM
2 x Promise SATA150 TX4 controllers
6 x Maxtor Maxline II 250GB SATA HDDs (3 per controller)

The drives are all partitioned identically with two partitions: 1.5GB + 248.5GB. The partitions are configured in raid arrays as follows:

/dev/md0: /dev/sd[ad]1		/ (root filesystem)
/dev/md1: /dev/sd[be]1		swap
/dev/md2: /dev/sd[cf]1		swap
/dev/md5: /dev/sd[abcdef]2	lvm2 volume

/home, /usr, and /var are mounted as lvm2 logical volumnes on the /dev/md5 array.

I was running FC2. I then decided to upgrade to FC3.

I booted from the DVD (the media check completed OK) and went through the system upgrade.

All seemed to go well and I rebooted.

However, the boot process halted with the following message:

Loading ext3.ko module
md: Autodetecting RAID arrays.
md: autorun ...
md: ... autorun DONE.
md: Autodetecting RAID arrays.
md: autorun ...
md: ... autorun DONE.
md: Autodetecting RAID arrays.
md: autorun ...
md: ... autorun DONE.
Creating root device
Mounting root filesystem
EXT3-fs: unable to read superblock
mount: error 22 mounting ext3
mount: error 2 mounting none
Switching to new root
switchroot: mount failed: 22
umount /initrd/dev failed: 2
Kernel panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init!

This is with the default 2.6.9-1.667smp kernel.

I booted into rescue mode and chrooted into the upgraded system - all
seems fine, i.e. all the filesystems are OK.

I then upgraded all the packages using "yum upgrade" within the chroot
environment. This installed kernel-2.6.9-1.681_FC3smp.

I rebooted and got the same error as above. I also tried "downgrading" to a 2.6.8 kernel but got the same error.

Am I hitting the known bug [1] with SATA drives in the 2.6.9 kernel ? Or is this some other problem?

[1] https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=140367

Can anyone shed any light on this problem?

Thanks,

R.
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