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Old 06-13-2005, 07:07 AM   #1
burr_ger
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Help with installing Fedora 3


Hi all,

I am new to Linux and I have decided to install Fedora on my laptop which has the following spec:

Athlon XP 2000+
512Mb
40Gb HD

I have downloaded and burnt onto CD the 4 iso images. Placed the first disc into the cd drive and the following screen comes up:

- To install or upgrade in graphical mode, press the <enter> key.
- To install.....
- Use.....
[F1-Main].......
boot:

So i click on the enter key to install and i get:

Loading: vmlinuz.........................
Loading: initrd.img...................................................

Then the laptop just restarts and goes back to the same option screen. I try pressing return key again but the same thing happens.

Can anyone please tell me what im doing wrong? Your advice is most appriciated.

Simon
 
Old 06-13-2005, 07:18 AM   #2
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Must be a hardware issue. Press F1 and check for the failsafe option. Boot with that.
 
Old 06-13-2005, 09:14 AM   #3
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Ive tried typing in "linux failsafe" at the boot command and number other commands like "linux noprobe" but the system just restarts. Do you think its a hardware incompatibility problem with linux? I previously have had windows XP and it works fine with it.
 
Old 06-13-2005, 09:34 AM   #4
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Yes check the HCL list at LQ and try google. Try shuting off everything in BIOS you don't really need to isolate the problem...
 
Old 06-13-2005, 09:46 AM   #5
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Quote:
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Yes check the HCL list at LQ and try google. Try shuting off everything in BIOS you don't really need to isolate the problem...
It also could be a fault with the ISOs, i don't think so, but that happened to my cousin, If you want I could put my DVD Fedora Install disk up on my filefront account (FREE UNLIMITED STORAGE!!), if you have a DVD burner. Also, if anyone wants a DVD Fedora Core 3 install disk (original, not a copy of a copy), id be glad to mail it to you.
 
Old 06-13-2005, 10:01 AM   #6
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There is a step install that checks the CD media for faults but it's after that stage yours is rebooted at (bloody helpful eh?)

Try downloading/burning a new copy of CD 1 i guess
 
Old 06-13-2005, 11:05 AM   #7
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Its very strange, i decided to run the memtest86 but stopped it after 2 hrs without any errors and booted the fedora disk again. This time its gone through all the way to setup screen. Only problem now is that it doesnt display properly on screen. The fedora welcome screen is displayed properly until 3/4 of the way down to which the last 1/4 is covered with a copy of the top half. So if can imagine next and previuos buttons being completely covered. Anyone any ideas? Is there another version of linux people recommend that i can try? I dont want to go back to windows but at this rate it looks like i will have to.
 
Old 06-13-2005, 01:31 PM   #8
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Its very strange, i decided to run the memtest86 but stopped it after 2 hrs without any errors and booted the fedora disk again. This time its gone through all the way to setup screen. Only problem now is that it doesnt display properly on screen. The fedora welcome screen is displayed properly until 3/4 of the way down to which the last 1/4 is covered with a copy of the top half. So if can imagine next and previuos buttons being completely covered. Anyone any ideas? Is there another version of linux people recommend that i can try? I dont want to go back to windows but at this rate it looks like i will have to.
try slackware, or suse, those are both awesome distros (my cousin has a dual boot slackware suse machine.
 
  


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