Kernel 2.6.32-358.14.1.el6 Boot Fail

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Hello All:

I installed today and had some boot issues.

After rebooting, the system locked immediately after the Asus motherboard logo. I thought at first that it was a hardware issue because it didn’t appear that grub even loaded. I wasn’t even able to get into the BIOS to change the boot order so it appeared that it was a hardware issue. I reset the MB BIOS and rebooted, which allowed me to get into the BIOS. Everything looked normal. I then tried to boot and the same issue. I repeated the BIOS clear and this time got to grub and let it load the latest kernel (2.6.32-358.14.1.el6). It hung again. I repeated the BIOS clear, go to the grub screen, selected the previous kernel and everything was fine.

Once I got to the OS, I removed the “rhgb quiet” from grub.conf from the newest kernel. Rebooted. Hung again immediately after loading. The weird thing is that I couldn’t just power down and get back to grub; I
had to clear the BIOS again before I could even load grub to select the previous kernel.

Anyone else experiencing issues with the latest kernel? Any idea why it seems to even corrupt the BIOS?

12 thoughts on - Kernel 2.6.32-358.14.1.el6 Boot Fail

  • I have a two ASUS “M5A99X EVO R2.0” motherboard based machines that I
    use for testing CentOS and I have booted the 2.6.32-358.14.1.el6.x86_64
    and the kernels on both machines without any issues.

  • Thank you.. These are the exact same boards that I am running. OK, I
    will try swapping out the video cards. Those are the only non-CentOS
    drivers that I am running.

  • Aha! non-CentOS drivers? Are these from the OEM? Theyprobably need to be rebuilt to the new kernel. Have you tried booting into “safe” mode or with video drivers disabled?
    Just how you do that with CentOS I don’t know but there should be instructions somewhere on the WEB.

  • Mike, thanks for your reply.

    These are the latest NVidia drivers ( I’m not quite sure it is the problem, however, after running some more tests.

    I tried rebuilding the NVidia drivers for the latest installed kernel using the ‘-k KERNEL_NAME’ option to the installer script. These built successfully while the older kernel was running. On reboot into the new kernel, I got the same error (hard freeze, unable to reboot the system without a BIOS flash). I then uninstalled the NVidia proprietary drivers completely (–uninstall from the script). I
    received (expected) X related errors and dropped into a shell on the old kernel. Trying on the new kernel resulted in the same freeze. I.e.:

    On grub menu, I choose the newest kernel
    ( the top left I see the underline cursor blink for a few seconds and then stop. There’s no other output. The HD and Power light on the system unit is solid at this point.

    If I try to reboot now I see the system fans spin up at low speed. About four seconds later the fans momentarily switch to high speed then the system powers down. Even if I unplug everything, drain the PSU, the system won’t power back up until I reset the BIOS via jumper blocks.

    The hardware itself seems fine. I am actually typing this now on the system in question, but in the previous kernel.

    I just ran a quick package list by Vendor (queryformat %{vendor} )
    and found some Dag Apt packages. I’ll uninstall these and retest.

    Also checked my BIOS which is:

    Vendor: American Megatrends Inc.
    Version: 1302
    Release Date: 11/15/2012

    If there’s an update available I’ll flash it.

    This one has me stumped :)

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    You haven’t got an errored copy of the kernel by any chance?? I’d wipe it and re-install.


  • Rob, thanks for your reply.

    Just tried that. Uninstalled the latest kernel, reinstalled. Same issue.

    Also bumped my BIOS up to the latest…

    The last time I saw this was because of some bad kmod packages for my wireless NIC. This has prevented me from updating a few kernels back. I only have userspace packages from alternate repos now, so am really stumped on what could be causing this. And… I just updated another system to the latest and it’s working fine.

  • How about posting your boot line (from grub)? Maybe there is something that has changed now.

    Btw, do you have GPT MBR on your HDD’s? I had a boot problem on my Samsung NP350e5x laptop when I formatted HDD with GPT. It confused and tried to boot HDD when I select DVD and who knows what when I choose HDD.

  • Thank you for your reply.. These are the two latest installed kernels. Default is set to the latter. The only difference I have is that I removed the “quiet”
    option during troubleshooting.

    title CentOS (
    root (hd0,0)
    kernel / ro root=/dev/mapper/vg_phoenix-LogVol00 rd_NO_LUKS LANG=en_US.UTF-8
    rd_NO_MD SYSFONT=latarcyrheb-sun16 crashkernel8M rd_NO_DM
    rd_LVM_LV=vg_phoenix/swap_001 KEYBOARDTYPE=pc KEYTABLE=us rd_LVM_LV=vg_phoenix/LogVol00 rdblacklist=nouveau
    initrd /

    title CentOS (
    root (hd0,0)
    kernel / ro root=/dev/mapper/vg_phoenix-LogVol00 rd_NO_LUKS LANG=en_US.UTF-8
    rd_NO_MD SYSFONT=latarcyrheb-sun16 crashkernel8M rd_NO_DM
    rd_LVM_LV=vg_phoenix/swap_001 KEYBOARDTYPE=pc KEYTABLE=us rd_LVM_LV=vg_phoenix/LogVol00 rdblacklist=nouveau quiet
    initrd /

    I’m going to reinstall and try a kernel from the testing repo.. Maybe something is physically wrong with the SSD primary drive..

  • I just tried installing the upstream vendor’s kernel and it works fine. I just realized that the problem kernel is CentOS-Plus. I’m uninstalling and trying the CentOS updates version now…

  • OK, same error with the CentOS stock kernel (not from CentOS Plus).

    Upstream vendor’s kernel-2.6.32-358.14.1.el6.x86_64 works, stock CentOS version and CentOS-plus versions hang immediately after selecting the grub entry.

    My hardware is fairly basic:
    Motherboard M5A99X EVO R2.0 with version 1708 of the BIOS
    NVidia GeForce GTX 560 video card
    120G SSD as primary drive
    150G SATA hard drive for data VG
    ThinkPenguin wireless NIC (atheros driver)

    There’s nothing I need in the newest kernel that I need, just to satisfy that weird part of me that wants everything updated :D.

  • Thanks, have done so and referred this thread.

    I’m beginning to suspect this is an SSD related issue. My other system is otherwise identical except for a traditional boot drive. Later today I’ll have some time to replace the boot drive to check.