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Old 09-10-2004, 08:39 PM   #1
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Unhappy FC2 Clean Install Everything Went South


I did a clean install of Fedora Core 2 and all was OK until the first restart!

All that I get is "Gateway Computer" staring at me.

The computer won't boot from disc either and it has no floppy drive.

I discovered that the keyboard had gone dead also which is weird as it worked fine during the install.

I coud go in and switch the bios from boot from disc, but I'm not sure that would help anything since it is set to boot from disc now, but it doesn't.

I'm open to suggestions!

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Old 09-10-2004, 08:44 PM   #2
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you can't get past the bios with a dead or non-existant keyboard. if it were a linux problem, you'd get errors at some point (in grub, during boot, etc.).
 
Old 09-10-2004, 08:55 PM   #3
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by the way, check to see if you didn;t accidentally unplug the keyboard. do you have a really old keyboard or a weird usb or wireless keyboard?

you shouldn't need to boot from disc after a clean install if you did everything correctly. i'm assuming you installed the bootloader correctly? if none of what i recommended works, try using a spare keyboard if you or a friend happens to have one.
 
Old 09-10-2004, 09:10 PM   #4
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I was using a different keyboard for my first post. I had a set up where I could use hotkeys to switch from one computer to another using the same monitor, mouse and keyboard. The computer that I did the install on is less than a year old and so was the keyboard.

I just followed the default settings during the install as didn't know much about the choices offered [obviously]!

I think that the problem is that Fedora just won't boot, but I have no idea why.

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Old 09-10-2004, 09:13 PM   #5
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first, try plugging the keyboard directly into the fedora computer. i doubt this is the problem but it will eliminate the possibility of there being a problem with the hardware.

can you decribe how you setup the bootloader in the fedora install?
 
Old 09-10-2004, 09:46 PM   #6
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I cannot tell you how I partitioned the hard drive, I just went with default for all of the options.
There is probably nothing wrong with the keyboard. The second one doesn't work when connected directly to the newer computer.

I think that I am up the crick!

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Old 09-10-2004, 09:53 PM   #7
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are you sure you asked the fedora installer to install a bootloader? i'm not talking about partitioning. it's possible you told it not to install GRUB (GRand Unified Bootloader).

it's rare that the computer would just halt at the Gateway splash screen. try going into the bios and changing it so it shows the details while booting instead of "Gateway."

it's possible something is wrong with your motherboard or other hardware. it would be a coincidence for it to break right after the install, but its possible. ususally, you'll get a "No Operating System" message or something if you don't have a bootloader, not just the Gateway screen. play around with the hardware and try to get it working. you can't boot from CD though?? that's a bit more serious. can you even enter the bios without a keyboard working??
 
Old 09-10-2004, 10:25 PM   #8
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Yup,I know about GRUB and I had it installed. I cannot get into the bios, if I could I would write zeros to the hard drive and start over.

Since I can't use the keyboard and the computer won't boot from a disc, I don't think that there is a whole lot that I can do except keep using this old slow computer that also has Fedora C2 on it.

The newer computer was running flawlessly with Windows XP on it. I was getting tired of all the checks for Adware and Spyware and the Virus checks, etc and I quit using IE quite awhile ago. I was using Firefox and Thunderbird quite happily. But of course, I also like it better whe the keyboard works and the computer boots up!
 
Old 09-10-2004, 10:30 PM   #9
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did anything suspicious happen before you ran into problems? try using another keyboard if you can. this is definitely a hardware issue, but its too hard for me to determine what the problem is with the limited info. it looks like you're gonna have to work on the computer (take it apart and what not) and play around with it till it works. sorry i couldn't help! report back if you make any progress or find anything....
 
Old 09-11-2004, 04:47 PM   #10
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What I figured out is that I am an idiot of the first water!

I forgot to unhook the printer during the install. I do know better than that. The price was one blown keyboard AND one blown motherboard.

I'm not giving up though. I have ordered a new motherboard and I'm going to wok at it until I have Fedora C2 up and running !
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Old 09-11-2004, 04:56 PM   #11
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aww, that sucks.

what is this exactly you say about a printer blowing up a motherboard and keyboard??
 
Old 09-11-2004, 06:09 PM   #12
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All I know really is that anything extra plugged into usb ports that isn't needed for the install should be unplugged before the new OS is loaded because they can cause problems. I don't really understand all of the ramifications, but I know that I read that somewhere!

My computer savvy daughter said "Yup Mom, that could have done it".

So I needed to remember something that I already knew. I probably won't make that mistake again.

zoey


 
  


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