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Old 06-08-2006, 08:02 PM   #1
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Question FC5 does not boot up after removing packages and some tinkering


I installed FC5 recently on a Dell e1705 laptop as a dual-boot. Immediately, I found a few things that were not satisfactory: no wireless, low-res display and no sound.
I worked on wireless connection first, and finished the job with ndiswrapper solution. I then proceed onto screen resolution problem and this was where disaster strikes. The end results: every time it boot up, it would go thru most of the boot up sequence, until it hangs soon after 'Start service Readahead'. I would be looking at a blue, empty, screen with only a mouse pointer, which I can move.

The following are things I did (trying my best to remember) before it stopped booting up:

1. Have 915Resolution installed and in /etc/inittab, change the default runlevel to 3.
2. Removing entire /usr/src/redhat dir manually via commands, since kernel source code in there was out-of-date.
3. Removing the following packages via 'Add / Remove software': package manager, after I realized that's the wrong solution for the hardware:
a) http://rpm.livna.org/livna-release-5.rpm
b) http://rpm.livna.org/RPM-LIVNA-GPG-KEY
c) kmod-fglrx-smp (this installs a video card driver:fglrx)

Any suggestions on what might've gone wrong or how to figure it out and fix it would be greatly appreciated.

TIA,

Kwei
 
Old 06-08-2006, 11:40 PM   #2
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kmod-fglrx-smp (this installs a video card driver:fglrx)
You don't happen to have an ati card, do you?
 
Old 06-09-2006, 10:25 AM   #3
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Use the rescue system to put things back the way they were.
 
Old 06-09-2006, 12:34 PM   #4
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FC5 failed to boot

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You don't happen to have an ati card, do you?
No, I have a built-in Intel video card. That's why I wanted to remove drivers from livna since it's for ATI or nVidia.

thx,

Kwei
 
Old 06-09-2006, 12:38 PM   #5
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How to use the rescue system

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Use the rescue system to put things back the way they were.
Not sure what you meant by that? Did you mean Linux Rescue CD? What do I do with it? Is there a url for it?

thx,

Kwei
 
Old 06-09-2006, 03:47 PM   #6
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the resuce system is your install disks. There should be an option for system recovery when you boot from them. At least, from what I remember from FC, it has that option.
 
Old 06-10-2006, 01:49 AM   #7
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Rescue CD

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the resuce system is your install disks. There should be an option for system recovery when you boot from them. At least, from what I remember from FC, it has that option.
Yes, I found it on the install DVD. Managed to revive the system. Made a mistake in setting RunLevel. All is well, for now.

thx for the help.

Kwei
 
Old 06-10-2006, 11:51 AM   #8
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On a sidenote, what runlevel did you set, so if someone else is looking through the forum for an answer, they might be able to find it?
 
Old 06-10-2006, 01:23 PM   #9
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Setting runlevel incorrectly

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On a sidenote, what runlevel did you set, so if someone else is looking through the forum for an answer, they might be able to find it?
I incorrectly set the RunLevel near the bottom of inittab to 3 (it was 5) and that did it. Not quite sure what that runlevel is for and why it disrupted the boot. As you can tell, I'm a newbie.

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Kwei
 
  


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