[Novalug] Fedora 10 boot
swells at redhat.com
Sun Jan 4 15:23:52 EST 2009
Did you file a BugZilla? ;)
Walt Smith wrote:
> I have a FC10 boot issue, but it doesn't look exactly like yours.
> However, I'd like to take this opportunity to mention should
> someone else see it. It also has an ancient history.
> When installing from the "install" DVD ( not the "live" or "Everything"
> DVD), I answer the basic questions from the pseudo "text "
> screens - English, US keyboard, etc... Then just as it
> wants to start the actual install, the DVD drawer opens. I get a message
> to insert the DVD, and I should then click "OK". The drawer
> closes as it looks for the DVD to begin the automated part
> of the install.
> The DVD lights blink, and then I get an error message and it hangs up.
> ( or the screen stays blank - I can't remember from a month ago ..)
> The install process can't "see" the DVD.
> It's the timing - user timing !!
> When you get the screen button to begin ("OK"),
> press the DVD button to close the drawer.
> Then WAIT until the DVD LED binking is completed as the
> unit decides it has a real DVD installed and can "see" it.
> THEN click "OK" !!
> I've had to do this about a dozen times over the years.
> This happens on more than one PC I have (had).
> the units I've tried this on are multiple vendors and presently
> range from 800 Mhz to 2.8 ghz. It's a IDE (ATAPI?) DVD drive.
> ( is ATAPI terminology suitable for a DVD?)
> This is a recurring problem. LONG recurring..
> It has surfaced in multiple Fedora cores from 1 thru the present.
> And on boxes from 450 Mhz , 500 Mhz and upward.
> Yes , long ago I filed a bug report, but that was way back
> at RedHat 9 I think- or FC3 or both.
> ( I believe it's a kernel driver problem, and as such, probably
> affects other distros, which I have not much experience with
> in the last several years )
> The problem is that there isn't a responsible party for
> IDE interfaces. Last I heard... a year or 2 or 3 ago...
> In this case, I'm not sure why the DVD drawer even opens and closes.
> In the past, it wasn't unusual for the CD, DVD or mostly hard disk
> to not be seen unless DMA was turned off. (kernel option) I mention it
> now because it's been a long time since I've heard it mentioned.
> anyway, just wanted to remind users of a problem that doesn't
> seem to have gone away. Once started, the install
> went easy and perfectly. And then system startups are fine from
> the HD.
> "Nick Danger" <nick at hackermonkey.com>
> "novalug" <novalug at calypso.tux.org>
> Gregory Maxwell wrote:
>> More info required:
>> How does it fail? Panic? Black screen?
> Cleaning out the office today I found a Fedora 9 CD. It boots fine up
> into the installer screen (I didn't go any farther then the disk
> partitioning part, I did not actually partition). Fedora 10 will boot
> Grub, and then depending on what options I give (noprobe, nomodeset,
> noapci) will either go to a black screen after a kernel boot and I see
> nothing, or to a text (anaconda?) screen where I can select Test Media
> or Skip and it will hang hard right there. So I am guessing its a driver
> or probing issue somewhere in the boot. At one point a long combination
> of 'no..' options gave me a text anaconda but I couldn't see the local
> CD, the network, or anything else to actually do an install from.
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