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Old 01-12-2005, 04:55 PM   #1
bungle3
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Question Fedora 3 boot hang


Hi i was wondering if anyone can help. I have recently install Fedora Core 3 onto my server. The sever is a Compaq Proliant 6500, quad pent pro, 512 ram & 6 * 4.3Gb in raid 0 or 1.
When i boot the machine it reaches -

Initializing hardware.... storage network audio done [ OK ]

Then it hangs on me! When i installed Fedora i had to turn off the hardware probing because it also hanged on me.

As im quite new to linux im stuck, any ideas?

Many thanks Martin
 
Old 01-13-2005, 02:20 AM   #2
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hahaha, had the same problem...

I reinstalled fedora core 3 like 6 times till i figured it out...i even resorted to install FC2 and did a yum upgrade to FC3 LOL!!!

You'll probably need to re-install it like this:

Once you put in the first installation CD, it will ask you to press enter or type 'linux' to install...

type in 'linux acpi=off'


I hope this is the solution to your problem!


Zubin Parihar

ps. if not, please don't hate me...
pps. The best way (in my oppinon) to setup your linux box is to have a few partitions...

/
/home
/var
swap
/usr (optional)

that way if you need to reinstall, format all the partitions except /home that way, the system will always appear to be the same...even when you log in because all your personal settings are stored in your user directory.
 
Old 01-13-2005, 04:30 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply Zubin

Re-installed fedora with the acpi=off but it still hangs in the same place.
Think its time to go back to mandrake!
 
Old 01-14-2005, 03:39 AM   #4
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Interactive startup

you may want to try this...

When Fedora starts up at the very beginning... it says " Press 'i' for Interactive Boot " meaning that it will ask you each time it activates the next service.

So when it says "Press 'i' for interactive boot" , hit the 'i' about every 2 seconds and then it will go in to the graphical screen and it will ask you for a Yes or No for each service...

Do yes for each service, and when it doesn't ask you for another service, it means it that your computer froze and you know which service is causing it to freeze.

Now you'll need to reset your computer and do the interactive startup again.. however this time.. do not activate the service that cause your computer to freeze the last time round...

I remember it was 'kudzu' that was causing the trouble for me one time...

if you do get into your system.. you may want to disable that service from starting up the next time your computer boots by typing in...


$ chkconfig --level 3 ServiceName off
$ chkconfig --level 5 ServiceName off


In my case it was:

$ chkconfig --level 3 kudzu off
$ chkconfig --level 5 kudzu off



Hope that helps you a bit...

Zubin Parihar
 
Old 01-14-2005, 06:41 PM   #5
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For some reason it does not let me into the interactive setup. As soon as i see it displayed i press 'i' many times but to no avail
It runs

Press 'i' to enter interactive setup
Starting udev: [OK]
Initializing hardware..... storage network audio done [OK]
Hangs as usual

But no matter how many times i press 'i' will not enter interactive setup.

Starting to feel like its linux against me!
 
Old 01-16-2005, 06:29 AM   #6
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Use the grub screen to halt the boot load (press space on start up), highlight the fedora command line, press 'e', highlight the line with the work kernal on it, press 'e' again, add the word 'single' right at the end of that line, press e to reboot.

It should now boot into mode 3, where you can edit the files to your hearts content as root.

(omit any ' ', i put them in to highlight what to type in)
 
Old 01-16-2005, 08:27 PM   #7
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Another distro?

I'm really not sure what to do from that point...

Can you install Fedora Core 2 on it? If you can, you can always do an upgrade via yum:

http://www.brandonhutchinson.com/Upg..._with_yum.html




What about another distro?

I'm a Fedora man, but i love debian and even better Knoppix (which is also debian)!

If you're looking for bleeding edge you should install Knoppix! It has just about every thing you need, and if it doesn't all you have to do is 'apt-get install PackageName' and I guarantee you it will install it!

Updating that distro is dead simple too:

apt-get update
apt-get upgrade

All you have to do is download Knoppix 3.7 (or higher) and then in a terminal type in 'knoppix-installer'

Give it try you might like it....

Zubin Parihar
 
Old 04-18-2005, 01:15 PM   #8
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Mine hangs too =[

Hello,
I just upgraded from FC2 to FC3 and the installation went fine, but when I try and boot, it hangs.

Mine gets slightly farther then bungle3 though. I see the initializing hardware line like he does, but then my screen flashes as it tires to load X. I'm not surprised X can't load, because I'm using the nvidia driver and haven't compiled it yet for FC3 (need to boot first =). Right after that I see a like about configuring the kernel and then it hangs.

My first thought was that my kernel didn't actually get upgraded and I was using a FC2 kernel. I went into linux rescue and deleted all my old kernels and did an upgrade install again. The FC3 kernel got installed... and the same thing happened.

I tried to hit 'I' to go into interactive boot, but it also didn't work since the boot process doesn't seem to get that far.

I'm running out of ideas... I'm down to the "this shouldn't make any difference, but I can't think of anything else" ideas... I'm going to boot into linux rescue and change X display drivers from nvidia to nv. I doubt that's causing any issues..

I've been kicking myself for being a putz when installing this machine. I did a default install for some reason and didn't follow my general rule to create a separate /home partition. If this wasn't the case, I'd have just copied any configuration files off and reinstalled fresh.... hell I probably would have done that to begin with.

I guess the worst case senario is to boot into linux rescue with the network loaded and copy my many gig /home partition to another machine, reinstall and then restore.

That'd suck... but on the bright side, I'd be able to fix my putziness of the past and create a /home partition this time =]

I'd be greatful for any ideas.

Bhroam
 
Old 08-24-2005, 09:09 PM   #9
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Hey bhroam.

I'm trying to backup my system. All of a sudden my system won't boot. Can you please tell me how you would go threw "linux rescue" and network and backup your pc.

I would greatly appreciat it.

Thanks
 
Old 08-25-2005, 12:58 PM   #10
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linux rescue

Linux rescue is a nice feature of the redhat based installation cds. You basically pop one in and at the boot prompt type "linux rescue"

You will be dumped into a shell with your file systems mounted in non-standard places. This lets you fix any issues you may have done which caused your system not to boot. If you need to you can always chroot into the your root filesystem if any commands need things to be in their standard locations. If you do that, you'll probably want to go into a subshell. If you do it in the main shell, you won't be able to get back to linux rescue's root w/o rebooting.

I ended up having to backup my home filesystem and do a fresh install on my system. It was nice because I was able to split off my home filesystem from the main one. This let me reinstall w/o blowing away my home directories. I'm up and running FC4 these days =]
 
Old 08-25-2005, 01:44 PM   #11
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Hey bhroam, can you tell me that commands that you typed into the shell to properly setup your network threw linux rescue. Thanks.
 
Old 08-25-2005, 02:04 PM   #12
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I actually never needed the network in linux rescue. My recolection is that at least the FC3 rescue disk asked if you wanted to bring te network up. I don't know if it worked or not.

My guess would be to use ifconfig to bring up the network interface. Do a ifconfig -a to make sure the interface is there and then use ifconfig to load the ip address / network / broadcast / etc and then ifconfig eth0 up.

Either that or you can chroot into your filesystem and /etc/init.d/network start and that might work as well.
 
  


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