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Old 08-14-2008, 02:02 PM   #1
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upgrade fc8 to fc9 gives white screen on reboot

strange thing happens to my FC8 ...

I have run Fedora Core 8 for some time, no probs.

Decided to upgrade to FC9...

yum -y upgrade

(800 packages later, ready for ...)

yum install preupgrade

(ran this and then 1 hour later a reboot was offered...all seems fine??)


this time GRUB offers a "upgrade to Fedora 9 (sulphur)

selected this, I eventually get a FEDORA splash screen which appears for about 10 seconds then the display goes white, bright white, nothing else. Mouse frozen. No disk activity. No modem activity? Nothing. Just frozen. Cannot <ctrl-alt-backspace> or anything?? Had to press power button to reset the box. ohhh err!

the GRUB line added to menu.lst is:

title Upgrade to Fedora 9 (Sulphur)
        kernel /upgrade/vmlinuz preupgrade lang=en_US.UTF-8 keymap=us stage2=hd:sda1:/upgrade/stage2.img method=
        initrd /upgrade/initrd.img
weird? any ideas good folk?

if I boot my old kernel, all is well.

Has the upgrade been successful? How would I tell? I dont think it has gone too well?

Last edited by keratos; 08-14-2008 at 02:03 PM.
Old 08-16-2008, 08:14 PM   #2
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it sounds like your on-broad graphics chipset is unsupported by the new xorg and there is no driver for it . you may be stuck using fedora 8
Old 08-17-2008, 01:57 AM   #3
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yes I thought it could be the X server.

but surely the vesa driver is generic. I even tried the vga driver too, still same prob.

I could do the upgrade, then blacklist Xorg 1.4?


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