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Old 07-26-2006, 10:42 AM   #1
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"Unknown keyword in config file" when trying to boot from CD


When I try to boot the Fedora Core 5 install CD1, it brings up the message "Unknown keyword in config file" and then does nothing. After a little while it says "Could not find kernel image: linux".

I'm using a very old computer to try the distro out on - is this just a case of the computer being too old and slow for Fedora or is there some sort of workaround?
 
Old 07-27-2006, 06:42 AM   #2
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It depends on how old and slow your old computer is...Fedora requires at least a Pentium class machine, and 128Mb RAM is a sensible minimum. Those messages suggest that the issue is reading files from the disc, which may well mean that either the disk is damaged/corrupt, or the CD drive itself has problems.
 
Old 07-27-2006, 04:07 PM   #3
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The disks are fine: I've used them on another computer. Whatever the problem is though, this old machine definitely doesn't have that much RAM so maybe Fedora isn't the best option.
 
Old 07-28-2006, 05:09 AM   #4
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If you are trying to run a machine with less than 128Mb RAM then you'll need to avoid the big desktop environments and applications (KDE, GNOME, Firefox), as these demand this amount of RAM on any distribution.

I'd suggest Debian, as the default install is lean and APT requires less RAM than Fedora's yum, and using either XFCE as the desktop, or making it a command-line only server.
 
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Thanks for that. I'll have a play with Debian and see it how it goes!
 
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This is a bit off-topic, perhaps, since it has nothing to do with Fedora. However, a moment ago I tried to launch a Crunchbang Live CD on an almost brand new Dell Optiplex 755 (2GB RAM) and got "Unknown keyword in config file". I have succesfully booted other Live CD's on this machine before, so this puzzles me. Anyhow, it does not seem to depend on the machine's age or amount of RAM.
 
Old 03-25-2009, 04:28 PM   #7
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This is a bit off-topic, perhaps, since it has nothing to do with Fedora. However, a moment ago I tried to launch a Crunchbang Live CD on an almost brand new Dell Optiplex 755 (2GB RAM) and got "Unknown keyword in config file". I have succesfully booted other Live CD's on this machine before, so this puzzles me. Anyhow, it does not seem to depend on the machine's age or amount of RAM.
Probably the first thing to do is to check the CD for scratches. I don't know about Crunchbang, but the installers for most distributions have an option to test the disc, and I would always recommend using that facility the first time that you use a new disc.
 
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Probably the first thing to do is to check the CD for scratches. I don't know about Crunchbang, but the installers for most distributions have an option to test the disc, and I would always recommend using that facility the first time that you use a new disc.
Indeed. I erased the CD-RW, downloaded another ISO torrent from another mirror and burned it onto the CD with another CD burning application. Then there was no longer any problem in installing.
 
  


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