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Bug#277298: Kernel 2.6.x real time clock hang on Dell

On Tue, Oct 19, 2004 at 12:16:58PM +0200, W. Borgert wrote:
> Package: kernel-image-2.6.7-1-686-smp
> Version: 2.6.7-2
> Severity: important
> On a Dell server, the 2.6.7 kernel (kernel-image-2.6.7-1-686-smp) hangs
> during boot at the real time clock driver loading phase.  It seems, this
> problem is specific to the Debian package - self-compiled kernels or
> Knoppix kernels seem to work fine.
> "aceroni" writes in
> http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/showthread.php?s=&postid=1188223#post1188223
> "I have problem on a Dell Precision 670.
> I have installed the kernel 2.6.8 using the debian Sarge net installation.
> The boot hangs after loading the driver for the Real Time Clock.
> The hardware configuration is a dual P4 3Ghz with a Intel ICH5 controller.
> I have a SATA hard drive.  Everything works fine with the 2.4.25 kernel."
> "ZacBowling" writes in
> http://zacbowling.com/archives/2004/10/06/debian-dell/
> "after its first reboot, it would always hang on the "Real Time Clock
> Driver".  I figured it a bug in the 2.6 kernel so I rolled back to woody
> and I would just compile my own kernel and then upgrade.
> ..
> After booting up, I recompiled my kernel with new features and stuff and
> applied the debian patches. Never had an issues. To this day, I still
> cannot get any Debian binary kernel images to load correctly, even the
> new releases."

That does seem to be a bit of a problem.
I had a look around and couldn't see any fix at hand.
As I don't have any hardware that exhibits this behaviour
it is a little hard to reproudce.

Do you have any indication of weather the problem occurs when
initiating the real-time clock driver, or immediately afterwards.
Did the kernel that you built by hand include this driver?


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