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Let's see if you folks can help me on this board. My situation is this; I've (nearly) completed an install of Red Hat Enterprise 3 Desktop on my computer, but the install will not finish. Here's what happens:
1. From Grub, I pick the Red Hat selection.
2. Program appeared to go into graphical mode, but
locked up as I moved the mouse.
3. Subsequent attempts at startup give me this "Your
system appears to shut down uncleanly", then goes
through what appears to be its boot process, and the
screen does nothing after the following appears:
Enabling Swap Space (OK)
All items at bootup show up as OK. The memory has
been tested, and shows no errors. I'm at my wits' end
here; this close, and so far...
My rig is as follows:
ECS K7S5A mobo
512 MB Ram
ATI Radeon 9600 AIW
NOTE: I also had an actual install problem, where the GUI would lock up, and someone from another forum suggested a "linux text" install. That worked, but has brought me to my current problem. I've checked my memory sticks (2) for errors and have found none, so any ideas? ARGGHHH!!!
Try booting to runlevel 3 from your grub prompt to see if you have a problem when you are not trying to run X. From your description of your installation travails, it sounds like this is only a problem when X is running.
I have seen problems similar to yours caused by video driver problems.