RHEL4 KVM guest crashes in virtio during installation

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  • After PXE boot of a Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 4 guest, the guest panics early in the install phase.
  • Message Kernel BUG at virtio_blk:157 or kernel BUG at drivers/block/virtio_blk.c:157!
  • Message EIP is at do_virtblk_request+0x1a/0x85 [virtio_blk] or message  RIP <ffffffffa01321cc>{:virtio_blk:do_virtblk_request+41}


  • KVM virtualisation

  • RHEL 4 guest

  • virtio drivers (virtualization-aware drivers that co-operate with the hypervisor to deliver enhanced performance for the guest)

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