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I have just installed Fedora 11 and have been using it for about a week now. Everything has been working just fine until this morning when I booted up the computer and it hung at the blue screen with the F bubble in the middle. I waited about 10 minutes without any change to the system I held down the power button to power off and tried starting the computer again with the same result. I tried putting the installation CD in and go into rescue mode, but I am unsure where to even start looking for a problem. If I hit escape to bring up the boot loader I see that there are 2 kernel versions on my computer for some reason (I thought I only installed one...)
Choosing either of these still results in a hang at the load screen.
The last major thing I did was to fix the sound on the computer. I dont remeber the command %100 but it was something like
This got sound going just fine.
I did have a problem shutting down where Mozilla Prism did not fully shut down and I have to force it to exit before shutting down. I have had the computer on since then tho.
those two kernels ( will be 3 after the next update) is normal they are BACKUP .in-case the current one breaks the system . That dose happen every now and then .
you can boot into the old one ( the old working kernel) by hitting any key ( enter or space) during the 3 second countdown at the start . Use the down arrow key to select the older one ( the lower number 29.4-167.)
the main cause of this , the most common , is there is no new graphic driver for the new kernel .
this can happen if , say , you installed a nvidia driver from the nvidia website and DID NOT use the one fedora built . The same for the ATI 3d card driver. there are also other causes too, we will need some more info .
like your system specks
your 3d card ( if you have one ) or the built in pseudo 3d chip ?
and the error massage in the log
located in /var/log
the end of the " massages " file will be the last error
also look in /var/log "boot.log" for the error.
is it a laptop or desktop ?
I was having a very similar problem, having just upgraded my laptop from Fedora 10 to Fedora 11. Plymouth, the new graphical boot eye candy feature, apparently only worked with a select number of ATI video cards in the version that came with F10, so on my laptop I only got Plymouth's text mode in F10. But in the F11 version of Plymouth, they expanded the video hardware that Plymouth supported, so I suddenly saw the "F bubble" graphic during boot.
Which was cool and all, and I could press an arrow key to see the verbose boot text if I wanted. But the problem is ... if I leave it alone, let it boot normally, staying in graphical mode, when it gets to the end of the boot process it hangs. I can Ctrl+Alt+Delete and it reboots, taking a while, so I suspect that the laptop is actually functioning just fine, but Plymouth won't let go of the screen. On the other hand, if I press an arrow key so as to see all the services starting up, it boots fine.
The solution that works for me is to disable Plymouth's graphical mode. I actually liked Plymouth's text mode from F10 -- the growing blue and white bar at the bottom of the screen is simple and elegant, and I didn't know about Plymouth until I researched this problem; I just thought this was a nice, uncluttered text-mode boot progress indicator. So, once I'd upgraded to F11, run into the boot problem, and learned something about Plymouth, I found out that at least one way to prevent Plymouth from going into graphical mode is to disable the kernel's ability to switch video modes. In /etc/grub.conf, I added a "nomodeset" argument to the kernel. Now I get the basic, simple text-mode bar while booting up, and no hang. I would like to know how to get Plymouth's graphical mode to work without hanging, but this is good for now.
This occurred on a Dell Latitude D620, which uses an Intel Mobile 945GM/GMS type video controller.
i tried installing the nvidia driver from the website because the one provided by feodra would now allow direct draw or anything i needed, now after i see the color bars move across the screen at reboot, all i see is a black screen, and rarely, a flashing underscore will come up, but typing anything is useless, please help me?