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Old 08-19-2007, 10:00 AM   #1
Satyakam
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CentOS installation hangs when trying to install on my computer with XP preinstalled


Hi all,

I have joined this forum recently, I am a newbie to Linux and facing issues while installing CENTOS 4.4 on my HP pavilion machine with XP home edition preinstalled.
My PC configuration is as follows...

1) Intel Pentium 4 processor 515 2.93 Ghz
2) 2GB DDR RAM
3) Integrated Intel GMA 900 Graphics Intel(R) 915 Express Chipset family
4) CD-RW/DVD combo drive
I have 2 SATA hard drives 40GB and 160 GB respectively,the 40GB drive is on a single partition (C with XP installed, I haven't created any partition for the other 160GB disc and left it as unallocated space so that linux uses it for the installation.
I have set the BIOS to boot from the CDROM,after inserting the CENTOS in my CDROM,it does boot from the CD and provides me the installation options i.e. continue with GUI mode, text mode etc.
When I select any of the installation options,it scrolls a few lines
Loading initrd.img....
blah blah....
and it just hangs there with the cursor blinking, the text displayed on the screen is also not user friendly i.e. cannot be interpreted.

I have tried with different options at the linux boot prompt i.e. linux text noprobe skipddc etc, but no use it just hangs there.

I have not been able to proceed beyond this, can anyone please help me with this.

Thanks & Regards,
Satyakam
 
Old 08-19-2007, 10:10 AM   #2
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Try: linux all-generic-ide pci=routeirq combined_mode=libata
 
Old 08-19-2007, 12:25 PM   #3
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Try: linux all-generic-ide pci=routeirq combined_mode=libata
Hi Lenard,

Thanks for your prompt suggestion, I have tried this but still hitting the same issues, I issued your command at the boot prompt and the installation just hangs as before after scrolling a few lines, It seems to be probing the hardware but I could not make much out of it since its not in a comprehensible language.
btw my mother board is a Goldfish2 board from ASUSTeK Computer INC.
Do i need to tweak some BIOS settings ?

I would appreciate any help on this...
Thanks,
Satyakam
 
Old 08-19-2007, 05:30 PM   #4
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Try searching this forum for setting the BIOS into something legacy mode or compatibility mode for the SATA interface.
 
Old 08-20-2007, 08:10 AM   #5
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Try searching this forum for setting the BIOS into something legacy mode or compatibility mode for the SATA interface.
Hi Lenard,

I have tried changing the following options in my BIOS settings,

1)Onboard PATA/SATA configuration : changed from Enhanced Mode -> Combined Mode
2) USB Legacy Mode support : changed from AUTO to Enabled.

But this is not helping, I am currently trying to install CENTOS 4.4,do you know of any other flavour of Linux, which I can try.

Thanks,
Satyakam
 
Old 08-20-2007, 09:23 AM   #6
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There are plenty to try: http://distrowatch.com/

I would suggest that for the next few days you stay away from Gentoo and Ubuntu for server problems. nothing wrong with either they are just having a few server issues and are not at 100% capiblites.
 
Old 08-20-2007, 10:31 AM   #7
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There are plenty to try: http://distrowatch.com/

I would suggest that for the next few days you stay away from Gentoo and Ubuntu for server problems. nothing wrong with either they are just having a few server issues and are not at 100% capiblites.
Hi Lenard,

Thanks again, Also my mine is a X86 based PC with Intel Pentium 4 processor, should I go for i386 distro or x86-64 distro's.

Thanks,
Satyakam
 
Old 08-20-2007, 10:54 AM   #8
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Depends on the P4 processor, to be safe choose 32-bit.
 
Old 08-23-2007, 07:23 AM   #9
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Depends on the P4 processor, to be safe choose 32-bit.
Thanks, I downloaded and installed Open SUSE 10.2 (i386) and it installed like a breeze , it detected all my hardware and got installed on my 2nd SATA hard drive. Now I am able to DUAL boot XP and Linux...cool...
Somehow CENTOS 4.4 and Oracle Unbreakable Linux are not working for me, any idea why some flavours of Linux work fine while others do not

Thanks,
Satyakam
 
Old 08-23-2007, 10:48 AM   #10
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Most of the time it is the lack of hardware support for the distro, RHEL4 update 4 aka CentOS4.4 for example has problems with SATA interfaces.
 
  


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