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Old 03-12-2004, 11:01 AM   #1
ShallowMonkey
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Unhappy Fedora Core I x86_64 fails at media check screen on m6807 m6805 emachines


Hi,
I bought an emachines m6807 with Athlon64 and tried to install Fedora Core I for x86_64. It freezes (entirely) at the media check screen. Perhaps more accurately, it fails to respond to keyboard input.

There were no problems loaded fedora core 2 test (1.90) x86 version on the same box (though it does have some problems.) I'm now loading the original fedora core I x86 (and that's loading fine.)

Question:
Is there a known incompatibility with Fedora x86_64 and the m6807/m6805?
Is there a way to bypass the media check screen and go straight to an install?

Background:
I've tried both the graphical and text only install--they both start at the media check (OK Cancel) screen (which is textual.)

Thanks for any followup.

-shallow monkey
 
Old 03-13-2004, 07:35 PM   #2
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workaround

use an USB keyboard to complete the installation
 
Old 03-13-2004, 08:09 PM   #3
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FAQ

http://www.linuxtx.org/amd64faq.html
 
Old 03-13-2004, 08:54 PM   #4
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Hmmm, now if only I had a USB keyboard laying around... (don't usually need a keyboard with a laptop....)
 
Old 03-24-2004, 09:25 AM   #5
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Same here....

I Got the same laptop. I havent tried fedora yet, but gentoo CD live CD does come with a special kernel for emachines. The kernel has to be compiled and started in a special way to get it running M6805.
1) USB support has to be built in into the kernel. If its a module, u get the error that u get.
2) Pass the parameters 'pci=noacpi noapic' to the kernel.
3) Refer to the thread
http://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic.php?t=130292
on the gentoo forum. On page 4 there is a post by brad_mssw.
Read the whole thread in general and the post in special. YOu will know what you have gotten yourself into .
I hope this helps. I am still struggling with my installation. Will keep you posted of the progress if u wish.
 
  


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