Here's some information for all of you trying to help this newbie get going:
Fedora Core 1 installed properly.
Grub is controlling the boot processes. These are my options in Grub:
1 - Fedora Core (2.4.22-1.2115 nptlsmp)
2 - Fedora Core-up (2.4.22-1.2115 nptl)
3 - DOS
Choice number one is the default and boots automatically within 6 seconds
When I choose option 1, this is what I get:
I pretty nice GUI with a progress bar and the choice to see processes.
If I choose to watch the processes load, here are the last three that start
starting xfs [ok]
starting anacron [ok]
starting atd [ok]
and this is where everything stops. The message at the progress bar is "starting first-time boot configuration". At this point...nothing responds on the computer. The mouse is dead, the keyboard is dead and CNTL-ALT-F1 does nothing.
Choice number 2 goes as follows:
The GUI loads up to "setting hostname" then I appear to go into a text based process that stops for a moment with "press I to enter Interactive Setup". The the computers continues to load for a bit and eventually comes to the following prompt
"Your system appears to have shut down uncleanly. Press Y within 1 seconds to force file system integrity check"
Then it proceeds with
Remounting root filesystem in read-write mode [ok]
Activating swap partitions [ok]
Finding moudle dependencies [ok]
Checking Filesystems [ok]
/boot: recovering jounal [ok]
/boot: clean 42/26104 files, 11960/104388 blocks [ok]
Mounting local filesystems [ok]
Enabling local filesystem quotas [ok]
Enabling swap space [ok]
Initializing firewire controller (ohci1394) [ok]
then the HD light blinks for a bit and stops. I can eventually get the system to reboot by repeated hitting CNTL-ALT-Del where I get something to the tune of "MD - recovery process has reawakened" and the system will then reboot.
That's it...nothing else. At one point last night, I did get past firstboot to a GUI that was going to gather more information but it locked up before I could hit "Next".
Now that that's out of the way...here's the prompt I get when I run "Linux Rescue" from CD1 of the Fedora Core 1 Installation:
Is that correct? the only thing that seems to work from that prompt is "Help". I get "Invalid Command" when I try "XFree86 -configure" at that point.
I think that's everything. I'm going to try it again and hit CNTL-ALT-F1 when it locks up to be sure that I can't try what Youngstorm told me to try AND I'll figure out what that little bit of text was that I missed at "Enabling swap space" above is just in case it's important.
Thanks again for all the help so far
Addendum @ 5/23pm:
Ok...I've tried all the suggestions you've all tried. I HAVE been able to get to the Login screen twice and managed to login as Root once. On both occasions, the computer locked up tighter that heck and would proceed no further.
Also, I was able to get to the First Boot GUI again but I'm not sure how. However...as soon as I get there, the computer hangs again.
I'm sure I've done something wrong, but I'm unsure where and what to do about it at this point. Hopefully, some of the information I've posted above will help one of you help me.
One more question and I'll disappear for a bit. When I get to this prompt in Linux Rescue Mode:
What do I do from there to get to ANY area where I could solve the problem?