need help getting fedora 6 to boot with speech

Doug Sutherland doug at
Thu Feb 8 20:52:30 EST 2007

Your system is choking before it gets to anything to
do with speech. The APIC is a programmable interrupt
controller. Thats the 8259A in your system. The 8254
mentioned is the system timer. It appears that on boot
the kernel is trying to register the system timer with
the interrupt controller and it's failing.

Note what the kernel message states: try booting with
the 'noapic' option. This is a kernel  parameter.  They
can be specified at the boot prompt.

Suggestion 1:
text speakup_synth=ltlk noapic

Suggestion 2:
Get your girlfriend to boot into BIOS and disable ACPI
in the BIOS, save and exit, and boot again.

I'm betting that your system uses nvidia nforce on the
system chipset. You are not alone with this APIC error.

Corey Knapp wrote:
> Hi 
> My girl friend was here and here is what she saw on the screen 
> Timer: vector=0x31 apic1=0 Pin1=0 apic2=-1 Pin2=-1
> MP-BIOS bug: 8254 Timer not connected to Io-APIC 
> Trying to set up timer (IRQ0) Through The 8259A.Failed
> Trying to set up timer as Virtual Wire IRQ.Failed
> Trying to set up timer as ExtINT IRQ. Failed :( .
> Kernel Panic- not syncing: IO- Apic + timer doesn't work!  Boot with
> apic=debug and send a report.  Then try booting with the 'noapic' option.
> Thanks in advance.
> Corey

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