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Brand new to linux and redhat. Am attempting to install RHEL 5 on a partition created on my Vista HDD. Created the partitions using Paragon (5gig for main partition, 4 gig swap) and have the 5 installation disks.
When I pop in the 1st cd and boot from it, I get the little black and red screen with the boot: prompt asking me if I want graphical or text installation etc. First try I went with standard graphics and saw all the startup scripts rushing past and then the screen just went blank with a flashing cursor in the top left corner. I left it for about 10 minutes and there was no change, so I figured it might be a one off and rebooted and tried again, with the same result.
Logged on here and saw some people had problems with redhat detecting graphics adapters, so thought that might be the problem and red how to fix by using text mode. However typing in "linux text" (or whatever the boot command was - it was up on the screen and can't remember) just gave me the same results as before.
The answer to this problem is probably painfully simple but I'm just completely stuck. Thanks in advance for any advice!!
I'll give you a quick rundown of my system. It's an Advent Laptop. 1.8ghz Core 2 Duo T5250.
HDD: Hitachi HTS541612J9SA00 ATA Device (120GB)
Display Adapter: SiS Mirage 3 Graphics. (onboard)
DVD Drive: Optiarc DVD RW AD-7530B ATA Device
Monitor: "Generic PnP Monitor"
Network Adapters: Realtek RTL8187B Wireless 802.g.11b/g 54 mbps USB 2.0 and SiS191 Ethernet Controller.
Audio: Realtek High Definition Audio (onboard)
By the way - I tried running the Fedora 8 Live CD and that had the same problem! Just hanged in a different place (right after it said "Booting the Kernel Now" or something to that effect). Maybe my computer is allergic to Linux?
Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately it didn't help.
It did seem to get me further along the installation...this time getting as far as "running lsbin/loader" before freezing.
So far I've also tried with Ubuntu (alternative disc), PCLinuxOS, Fedora 8 and openSUSE. All with the same problem: They allow me to select my installation type and then freezes before I can do anything
it appears after doing a search on google, that your video card is unsupported. Being that it is a laptop, you cant really change it. The SiS video chipset is almost bottom of the barrel, AFA chipsets go.
Distribution: RHEL/CentOS/SL 5 i386 and x86_64 pata for IDE in use
Well two issues are Vista (the new boot loader) and the partitions you created with Paragon. I would suggest that you delete the 2 Linux partitions you created, leave the space blank and unformatted. Linux is perfectly capable of creating the partitions required without any help.