[BUG] Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 3 GM + kernel 2.6.0-test11 halt

From: Zhu, Yi <yi.zhu_at_intel.com>
Date: 2003-12-18 14:40:01

I installed Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 3 GM on tiger4. Everything is
OK. Then I download the prestine 2.6.0-test11 kernel + ia64 patch 

Compiled successfully. But when the new kernel is booted, it halted at 
"ACPI: Subsystem revision 20031002". The kernel is completely halted
without react any keyboard interupt. See my hand copy screen log in the
attachment. You can find my kernel .config in the attachment.

The same kernel (binary) can boot successfully on previous redhat AS
images and all the UL/SuSE images. I found there is a difference between
the new 
redhat AS 3 GM and previous ones is there is an additional
/boot/efi/Intel Fireware/fpswa.efi file!

My FPSWA version is also 1.18 from the boot screen. 

I read the Release Note and found below words
"Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 for the Itanium 2 Architecture contains the
       fpswa.efi binary, which is an EFI (Extensible Firmware Interface)
       driver invoked by the operating system's kernel whenever the
       issues FPSWA (Floating-Point Software Assistance) requests for
       floating-point operations that are not fully implemented in
       The handler provides the result of the operation in these cases.
       Presently, Itanium processors issue FPSWA requests mainly when
       small numbers (denormalized, or tiny numbers) are consumed or
       by floating-point instructions. To avoid the performance penalty
       caused by calls to the handler when tiny numbers are produced,
       flush-to-zero mode can be turned on, but at the cost of a
       less accurate computation.

       FPSWA is licensed, patented and copyrighted protected material by
       Intel or its supplier under the laws of the United states and
       countries and international treaty provisions. FPSWA is subject
to the
       applicable end user license agreement which can be accessed at

The walk around way is as follow:

1. after the machine is booted, enter efi shell
2. remove fs0:\efi\"Intel Firmware"
3. save to NVRAM (*very important*)
4. exit efi shell and load your 2.6 kernel

Then you'll get the 2.6 kernel booted.

Everytime the machine is rebooted, I must redo step 3 above. Or the same
error will happen. :(

The default rh el kernel(Taroon 2.4.21-4.EL) boot ok without any

I believe this is a bug, either by EFI or by the 2.6 kernel.

Opinions expressed are those of the author and do not represent Intel

- Zhu Yi (Chuyee)

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Received on Wed Dec 17 22:40:56 2003

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