F-13 Beta, anaconda hangs if no floppy drive

Bruno Wolff III bruno at wolff.to
Sun Apr 18 16:26:39 UTC 2010

On Sun, Apr 18, 2010 at 08:27:10 +0200,
  Remi Collet <Fedora at FamilleCollet.com> wrote:
> See: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=565693
> Computer without floppy drive are quite common.
> If the floppy controller is enable in BIOS (which is often the default
> configuration), anaconda hangs during the "Finding storage devices" stage.

The short answer is that if you don't have a floppy drive installed, you
should disble the controller in the bios.

The other side of this problem has also been reported. Not checking for
a floppy results in people who actually have floppy drives, not being
able to easily use them.

There have been discussions on both the anaconda and kernel lists on this
topic. The latest is that Kyle McMartin thinks he has a way to take care
of most of the cases by finding out if there is a drive actually installed
using ACPI. This isn't in the Fedora kernel just yet, but hopefully will
be for the F13 release.

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