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I have installed Core 2 fedora but whenenver it tries to boot for the first time it either gives me a red screen with blue pinstripes, after a long wait, or if i say interactive start it gets some text with green OK's to the right
I have the bootloader working, I can choose between win XP ( that i am currently using ) or Fedora ( which as yet has never actually initialised since installation.
Please tell me what i did wrong, i have not even been into Linux once today and I have been trying all day to work this out.
Do not confuse me, as I have not managed to use Linux yet, I obviously know next to nothing about it, so any suggestions would have to be very simple.
Thanks in anticipation
1024 mb Ram
Nvidia FX 5950 Ultra AGP card
Soundblaster live 1024 Audio
Asus A7N8X Deluxe m/b
Win XP on C drive
Fedora currnetly installed on drive 2 ( 1st partition of that drive)
Welcome to LQ davy999. During the interactive start, where you see a list of messages (in white on the left) and then "OK" in green on the right, the PC is indicating which steps it is executing as it starts up. These messages are totally normal and are a good sign. What are the last few messages that are displayed, and are they green "OK" or red "failed".
Based on your description, it may simply be that the PC is starting up just fine, but you are booting into a non-graphical environment, and so the missing step would be to just log in with your username and password. Like I said, if you can indicate what shows on the screen after the messages stop being produced, that should permit further diagnosis. -- J.W.
I get all Green OK's , the last one being about a SWAP or something, sorry its late and my memory is fading.
I did leave it for 30 mins and nothing happened, I get no prompt to type anything in, no username, no password or anything
If you get all green OK's, then that is a very good sign, and probably the only thing you need to do is enter a username a password, or, if the system is logging you in automatically, then it may be dropping you into a terminal session, in which case you may just need to start the X environment by entering this command: startx
Rather than trying to rely on memory, how about just rebooting and making a note of the exact wording of the last 7 or 8 lines of text that are displayed. That would be much more effective than trying to guess at what might be happening. -- J.W.
CHECK ROOT FILESYSTEM -OK
UNMOUNT :/INITRD: DEVICE IS BUSY
REMOUNTING ROOT FILESYSTEM IN READ/WRITE MODE -OK
ACTIVATING SWAP PARTITIONS -OK
/BOOT: RECOVERY JOURNAL
/BOOT:CLEAN 38/25584 FILES , 11153,102280 BLOCKS -OK
MOUNTING LOCAL FILE SYSTEM -OK
ENABLING LOCAL FILE SYSTEM QUOTAS -OK
ENABLING SWAP SPACE -OK
It just seems to hang from that point. after waiting 15 minutes I try a few things, one thing i have noticed is that I can still turn the num lock and caps lock on and off ( proving to me the system isnt totally locked) and if I press the scroll wheel on my logitech mouse it will do like a carriage return at the bottom, ( messing about with mouse etc sometimes gives me a cursor, but even when there is a cursor no input is allowed from the keyboard, i cannot type anything.
You get the choice to partition it manually through the setup menu on the disks but I don't think thats the problem because the partitions you describe are exactly how fedora sets itself up when told to partition automatically. The main cause I have had with installing linux was because the media I used was faulty. Did you perform the disk checks when you first installed it?
With regards to the drives. In windows each partition gets a drive letter. In Linux each partition mounted onto the directory structure. The one partition is always / which known as the root directory. Each further partition is mounted as a branch partition. For example on my unit I have a /home, /usr and a /tmp partition.
I find Linux takes longer to boot than windows also. however that is because loads up the interface and then all the other bits and pieces. Have you noticed with Windows you can click icons etc. but they slowly at first. That does not happen with Linux because it loads all the background processes first.
If you can get into bash then you should be able to fix the problem.
Log in as root and type
This brings up vi which text editor with file thats configures your graphics settings.
Use your cursor keys to find a line with the text.
Here you can the refresh setting for your monitor. NB the setting above are for my monitor I am not sure what your monitor needs. If you will need to change them. Press INSERT to be able edit the text. Also check further along fot the part that along these lines.
Again the setting shown are for my system but remove the higher resolutions that dont work with your monitor. Once you have changed the setting. Press ESCAPE to leave insert mode and type :wq. That should write to file and drop back into bash.
From the prompt type startx and if it's fixed you go back into the windowing system.
I couldnt wait and re-installed.. but now my grub seems messed up
it comes up with a GRUB prompt
I have also had another prompt that was something like SCH_20B (cant remember sorry)
I have tried allsorts ( not that i know what i am doing) and I dont get any options about what operating system i want to run. I typed startx and other things and all to no avail.
but I had to fix the MBR on my WINXP drive as the new install seemed not to work just to get back here
Is there a quick way to repair my loader? or would it be better to reinstall again ?(5th time) >?