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Old 02-24-2008, 12:12 PM   #1
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Fedora 8 install localhost issue on Dell Inspiron 2600


Install stops and asks for localhost login, although I have never been asked to set up a login.

Dell Inspiron 2600
1.2 GHz
256 MB RAM

I am very much the novice on command line stuff with Linux - my old SuSE laptop was set up by a friend. :-)

Thanks
 
Old 02-24-2008, 12:23 PM   #2
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Are you still installing or has it already rebooted?
The installer should of asked for a root password as well as adding a username/password.
 
Old 02-24-2008, 12:27 PM   #3
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Thanks for the quick reply.

Yes, I tried rebooting (had to do a hard reboot, since it was hung up at the localhost login request).
 
Old 02-24-2008, 12:46 PM   #4
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Ok, so either the xserver was not configured correctly, you decided not to run x on boot or it isn't installed which is why you see the localhost login prompt. Like I wrote in my first post the installer should of asked you for a root password. You would enter root at the prompt, press the enter key the console should display password so type in root's password. Passwords are not echoed so will not see any response not even a '*'.
 
Old 02-24-2008, 01:08 PM   #5
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Thanks. When I got the localhost login prompt, I entered root. The CD thrashed for a while and I got a prompt [root@localhost ~]# I typed in what I wanted as a password and got -bash: command not found.

When the installer launched, I get an option to hit "I" for interactive setup, but when I do, nothing happens.
 
Old 02-24-2008, 01:58 PM   #6
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My brain is working a little slow to today. I am missing something so Lets go back and start over. Are you you booting a live CD or install DVD? It appears that you have not installed anything yet. What happens when the computer starts booting from the disc?

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Old 02-24-2008, 02:15 PM   #7
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Your brain is not slow. I am sure I am not explaining correctly.

I downloaded the Live CD iso file from Fedora. I burned it to CD and then boot from the CD. I goes through 2-3 minutes of stuff and then reached that login line appears.

Forgive me... I am very familiar with Linux and new to Fedora. :-)
 
Old 02-24-2008, 02:38 PM   #8
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Correcton - NOT very familiar
 
Old 02-24-2008, 03:11 PM   #9
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I do have Fedora 8 installed on one of my PCs but I used a USB flash drive as a boot device with a network install. So I am unfamiliar with the Fedora 8 Live CD so a bit bewildered at the moment.
 
Old 02-24-2008, 03:52 PM   #10
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Thanks, anyway. I saw a posting that talked about login in as a sinlge user and changing a priority, but I can't begin to understand what to do....

I'm 0-2... struck out loading it onto an old Compaq Armada, too. :-)
 
Old 02-24-2008, 05:14 PM   #11
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Quote:
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Your brain is not slow. I am sure I am not explaining correctly.

I downloaded the Live CD iso file from Fedora. I burned it to CD and then boot from the CD. I goes through 2-3 minutes of stuff and then reached that login line appears.

Forgive me... I am very familiar with Linux and new to Fedora. :-)
What exactly is the 2-3 minutes of stuff? It would be helpful to know what the last thing that happened before you get to the login screen is. Sounds like the problem could be that the the live cd is crashing and returning you to the command line. Another thing that might help is pressing Ctrl+alt+F1 this will bring you to the main terminal, where you should find a lot of messages and hopefully some error messages that can help us out.
 
Old 02-26-2008, 07:13 PM   #12
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Get the "Automatic boot in 10 seconds"

loading vml
initrd0
uncompressing, okay to kernal
red hat nash..


settin gup new root rs
no fstab.sys, mounting internal defaults
unmounting dev
proc
sys
welcome

Press "I" to enter interactive mode (note, does not work)
setting clock
starting undev:

goes blank

lots of hashing

Fedora release 8 (Werewolf)
Kernal 2.6.23.1-42.fc8 on an i686

localhost login:

Note that I see this and the screen goes blank, more hashing (maybe 30 secs) and then I see the same display.

No luck with ctrl-alt-f1

If put in "root" I get some hashing from the CD, then:

[root@localhost ~]#

Tried entering a password of my choice, but no luck.
 
Old 04-05-2008, 06:41 PM   #13
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I seem to be having the same trouble.
I just installed Fedora 8 DVD for i386. It passes the disk check, and I select "Reinstall System" > "Remove all partitions on selected drives and create default layout" for a fresh start. Said yes to "Review and modify partitioning layout?". I select the hard drive and declined to review the partitions. It gives me a low memory warning (256MB RAM). It asks if I want to configure the network settigns, I say no and it prompts Gateway/Primary DNS/Secondary DNS. I don't have a network so I leave everything blank. "You have not specified the field gateway.", "You have not specified the field primary DNS.". For the Hostname Configuration I enter "localhost". I enter a root password and select additional software, ask it to keep a log of the install, than the disk takes over.
When I reboot I get this screen:

"Fedora release 8 (Werewolf)
Kernel 2.6.23.1-42.fc89 on an i686

localhost login:"

If I leave it at that prompt it later prints:

"INIT: Id "x" respawning too fast: disabled for 5 minutes"

The wierd thing for me is that it calls it an i686 version. I had tried to burn my own media (Fedora-8-Live-i686.iso) but the only computer I had available to burn with had severe windows rot, so while the computer booted it didn't seem stable and when I later verified the media it failed. Is that why it mentions "i686"? I thought the hard drive was wiped during install. Sould I do some sort of format before the install?
I was thinking my problem was the earlier failed install, but if rritch01 has the same problem....
 
Old 04-12-2008, 06:36 PM   #14
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Okay-- I salvaged more RAM and with the eye-poping total of 512MB (and that is the only change I made) the whole thing installed and everything seems to be working properly. I know it's rediculaus to have only 256MB of RAM, but I wasn't aware that there was such a restriction.
In the text-based install, there were a few more questions than there was with the graphical (gateway/DNS stuff), and maybe that was my problem. At anyrate, more RAM kept me from !@# that part up. Don't clap, just throw money.
Tootles--
Tyler
 
  


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