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Installed all of Redhat 7.3 (Valhalla) on pc with AMD Athlon XP 1900, onboard NVIDIA Geforce2 MX graphics, Nforce too, 256 MB RAM. The first installation went fine, everything worked (especially after installing NVidia nforce, GLX, and kernel upgrade drivers (used: NVIDIA_nforce-1.0-0248.src.rpm, NVIDIA_GLX-1.0-4191.src.rpm, and NVIDIA_kernel-1.0-4191.rh73up.athlon.rpm)). This all worked no hitches.
Last nite I shut down fully, woke up this morning started up, this time getting new hardware found for eth0, selected DO NOTHING for config, and proceeded to start up X. Got through the login (under root), after this I got the RedHat splash screen, waited about 5 secs., then everything froze (mouse, keys, etc.), but the hard drive light was solid.
I checked XFree86.0.log and messages, but there were no apparent errors. I have checksummed the distro isos and they were clean. What is going on? I have checked the forums, google groups, and elsewhere, and no answers have surfaced. Please help!
Well, I reinstalled, and everything is back to working condition again. This time I did not go ahead with configuring eth0 with Kudzu at bootup. This keeps everything working =)
As a test I rebooted, configged eth0 with the Kudzu interface (this is at the point of bootup where linux detects new hardware) at bootup, and guess what the same freezing situation at the RedHat splash screen.
So wth is going on here? If anyone has a similar issue, plz let me know. For now i will skip the eth0 hardware setup at bootup. Also let me know if you have a solution, because I am racking my brain for a solution.
Instead of using Kudzu to detect your hardware, have you tried manually installing the NIC? Find out what the proper driver for it is, then run modprobe <drivername> from the CLI as root (but without the <> and obviously, you'd enter the correct "drivername". After, for good measure do insmod <drivername>. If you want this to load at boot time, go to your /etc/rc.d/rc.local file (might be different for RedHat though--I'm not exactly sure how RH works with these files) and open it with your favorite text editor. At the end of the file, put in "modprobe <drivername>". Then, you also need to go to /etc/modules.conf and add "alias eth0 <drivername>". This should at least get you as far as installing the NIC card. However, you still need to configure your network connection after that. Get all your information from your ISP (domain name, primary and secondary DNS, DHCP server name, DHCP IP address, etc.) If your IP is static you won't need the DHCP stuff, but if it is, then you will need it. I don't know if RedHat has the netconfig command, but if it does, run it as root. If not, check out the RedHat website to find out more on setting up cable internet. ifconfig might work too, I'm not sure.
Are you booting directly into X or are you booting to CLI? If booting to X try to change your runlevel to boot to CLI and then type "startx" to get into your X. This may help narrow down the problem at hand.