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The menu is the boot menu from the cd/dvd that gives you F1-F5 for install, recover, etc. But whatever I select it says that could not find linux image stuff. So there is nothing on the harddisk (no grub). The CD's all verify properly and work on a much older computer.
I found an old FC3 dvd disk, which did install fine, so now I am looking for a way to launch a full fc3 -> fc5 upgrade without having to boot from the fc5 dvd install disk (which does not work).
(just the boot screen image from the documentation -- apparently I am not allowed to post links)
and the text at the bottom is fine, but any entry gives the Could not find kernal image message.
I also tried burning a simple boot.iso disk, which also has the same problem.
I thought I might not have the x86 version, but it does work on the old Sony Pentium 2 laptop, so that's not it.
If it was just the scrambled picture, I would guess a graphics problem, and if it was just the "Could not find ...", I would guess a disk problem, but something in the DVD drive or bios ??? It is a fairly generic centrino laptop, Acer Travelmate 290, I can't understand how it is a "strange" system.
Interesting twist on the problem:
After seeing some odd behavior, on the fc3->fc5 version, I tried a fresh fc5 install.
This worked, but during the "firstboot" segment of the installation, the setup program disappeared in a second, and the "set up your montitor", "set up a user", etc did not run.
When I tried to repeat these separately, it ran into the Kudzu problem, which is apparently a program removed in fc5, but other programs in fc5 require it to run, and will not run. So I installed kudzu, and those programs are now running, but I think there are still loose-ends, and might point to the strange issue where this particular cpu/bios/etc does not seem to be fc5-friendly even thought it is very generic centrino laptop.
(Explanation for the database, not really looking for a reply, although if there is a wise-man out there who can explain the profound situation, I would be interested.)