Boot issues with a Dell Inspiron 530 and 8.0 RC1
jh at sandstorm.net
Mon Oct 12 05:21:38 UTC 2009
Christian Schmidt wrote:
> Hello list,
> I am seeing a strange issue with my Dell Inspiron 530 with 8.0 RC1-p1
> at around 50-75% percent of all boots. It all boils down to GENERIC
> throwing the following:
> AP #1 (PHY #1) failed!
> panic y/n? [y] panic: bye-bye
> cpuid = 0
> However, this only happens when booting from the hard disk. A boot
> from the install CD works perfectly every time. Testing the machine
> with 7.2 last night revealed the same issue, so this is not specific
> to 8.0
> As an interesting side-note: the odds of a successful boot increase
> dramtically when cold-booting. Rebooting from e.g. Linux or Windows
> seems to push the failure-rate to around a 100% every time.
We have 3 of these machines.
In my experience, keyboard activity triggers the problem. If I boot the
machine without any keyboard presses/releases between the time the
loader starts the kernel and some time later, definitely by the time the
USB keyboard driver attaches, then I don't get this problem. This
includes any key-up (and maybe key repeat) events you may generate after
typing a key at the boot menu, or after typing enter at the OK prompt,
or pressing a key to bypass the autoboot timeout that counts down by
If you let the machine start from cold without touching the keyboard,
If you get to the loader "ok " prompt, then enter "autoboot" and wait
for it to time out and boot, what happens?
If you press a key or type "boot" to boot the machine while in the
loader, what happens?
There's been some discussion of SMI-related problems and the long time
SMI interrupts take on some machines; my guess is that this is related
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