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Old 04-09-2008, 02:03 AM   #1
froggy060768
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problem installing fedora 8 (no kernel packages were installed)


Hi,

I'm trying to install fedora 8 on my laptop. However when I finish the installation I get the following error message.

Code:
No kernel packages were installed on your system
Your boot loader configuration will not be changed
I try to reinstall fedora next to my window XP install. Fedora gives me this error every time. Now I tried to install Fedora on the XP installation, so I removed the XP installation and still got this error message. Does any one have a idea what is causing this.

Till now I didn't found a proper answer on the above problem.
 
Old 04-09-2008, 07:00 PM   #2
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Prior to trying to install fedora did you run Disk Defragmenter on xp?
Did you use the windows tool to re-size your partition, reduce the windows to make room for linux? Did you create a partition during the fedora install for the root and swap partitions? Are you familiar with Linux naming systems for drives? I'm not sure what you mean when you say "reinstall fedora next to my xp install" or "install on my the xp installation". You removed xp, did you re-format the drive, partition?

Do you have a live cd that you can use to run "fdisk -l" and post output here so we have an idea of your partition set up? At what point do you get this error? When the installation completes? Do you try to install grub bootloader to mbr or to the boot partition? Post the fdisk -l results if you can as a starting point.
 
Old 04-10-2008, 07:35 AM   #3
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Yancek, soory for not being clear:

I installed XP on my disk from scratch so I don't need de defragment the disk I guess?

I tried to install Fedora on the free space of the disk. Created an ext3 partition instead of a volume group;

The partition lookslike

/dev/sda1 ntfs
/dev/sda2 ext3 /boot
/dev/sda3 ext3 /
/dev/sda4 LVM

Didn't installed the Grub loader in MBR but on the /dev/sda2

After installing Fedora 8 it gave me the error

Code:
no kernel packages on your system
Your bootloader configuration will not be changed
Tried the bootpart trick to make the computer dual bootable however, this wouldn't work

Any idea?

If you need more details feel free to ask
 
Old 04-10-2008, 10:58 AM   #4
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So this is a new install of XP and you haven't used it prior to installing Fedora? The reason for doing disk defragmenter is that any windows install assumes it has the whole disk. If it's a new install it should not be necessary.

If you installed Grub to the boot partition not the mbr, you will need to make some changes. This site explains it: http://www.linux.com/articles/113945
It's more complicated than booting XP and Fedora with Grub.

Having a separate boot partition for Fedora won't help if you don't have a pointer in your mbr telling it where to find Grub. The above link should explain it.

If you install Grub to the mbr, you will simply need to put an entry in your /boot/grub/grub.con file (it's a text file easily edited).

title Windows XP
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader (hd0,0) +1

To make your XP available on Fedora, you would then need to create a directory for it, mount it and put an entry in the /etc/fstab file for it. Usually, most Linux systems do this during the install.

I would suggest you check the site above and decide whether you want to install Grub to mbr or boot from windows and post back for more help.
 
Old 04-10-2008, 12:34 PM   #5
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yancek,

Found the issue had nothing to do with the bootloader. The installation of Fedora crashes someway. Don't know why still because I installed it a few times before on that laptop.
So acutally it installs grub but not the kernel. I did a install of XP and unbreakable linux and this one was installed in no time.

So now I need to figure out why Fedora is all of the sudden crashing and the end of the installation. Or I swith to Centos 64 bits works probably better with 4 Gig of memory and Centos is more close to Redhat Enterprise which we use on my job.

Yancek I would thank you for your help.
 
Old 04-17-2008, 05:08 AM   #6
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I have the same problem

Hi guys,

I have exactly the same problem. What processor do you have?
I have a fancy new Intel Core 2 Duo T9500 (2.6GHz, 800MHz, 6Mb) with Intel GMA X3100 and my friend thinks that the trouble could be that this isn't
supported yet.

I have a new XP install, shrank it using gparted and tried to install FC8 (32 bit).
I set the necessary additional linux partitions up with custom option, opting for grub on MBR (default). Installation proceeds to the very end, where I receive the no kernel install therefore booter unchanged message, as you did. When I reboot the computer goes into grub and just get Error 15
and hanging. So, this afternoon I'm going to try wiping the disk and just installing Fedora on its own to test the problem, seeing as how I'll have to re-install windows XP anyway. I'll let you know what I find.

Best,
Ben Allanach
 
Old 04-17-2008, 08:04 AM   #7
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FC8 install

OK, I just used FC8 with the "remove all partitions on selected drive and create default layout" option. I still obtained the "No kernel packages were installed on your system. Your boot loader configuration will not be changed" warning at the end of the installation process.

On reboot, I received:

"Grub Loading stage1.5


GRUB loading, please wait...
Error 22".

It appears that this is nothing to do with the dual-boot thing.
 
Old 04-17-2008, 06:54 PM   #8
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If you have a Live CD, I would suggest you load it and open a terminal and enter the command "fdisk -l" and post the results. The error 15 means Grub could not find the kernel (vmlinuz file) and initrd files which are generally in the /boot directory. The error 22 is: No such partition, so there is a problem with your partitions. Grub error page:

http://www.gnu.org/software/grub/man...#Stage2-errors
 
Old 04-18-2008, 05:25 AM   #9
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changed

Hi guys,

I got fed up in the end and switched to Ubuntu, which worked no problem except for sound (which doesn't work but I can live with that).
Wish you well,
best,
Ben
 
Old 04-19-2008, 09:45 AM   #10
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too because I like the redhat based distributions.

I used Centos 5.1 which was installed without any problem.

I have now a nice dual boot system with windows xp en centos 5.1
 
  


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