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Old 04-21-2005, 12:32 AM   #1
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INIT failing to start

Hello all,
I've been running FC3 since it came out last November, but have developed a problem recently. When I turn on my computer and the boot up process starts, it reaches the enabling swap line, gives an ok and then just freezes until I manually power off. I keep restarting until it works. I have no idea why it will do it only sometimes. The line that immediately follows the swap line is INIT: Entering run level: 3. This makes me think that the times it freezes, init is failing to start, I'm not sure though.

This started occuring around the time I updated to the new kernel version 2.6.11-1.14_FC3, but I think it was also happening before. I have no idea what the problem is, but I'm going to do a fresh install soon in hopes that that will take care of the problem. However, I would like to get to the source of this problem and solve it since it takes me at least five or six boots to actually get a login prompt. Thanks in advance.
Old 04-21-2005, 02:43 AM   #2
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What's the first service started after your 'INIT: Entering run level: 3' line?
Old 04-21-2005, 03:51 PM   #3
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I didn't catch it the last time I booted up, but here are some lines from the boot log:

Apr 21 15:18:10 rn232-151 rc.sysinit: Enabling swap space:  succeeded 
Apr 21 15:18:10 rn232-151 sysstat: Calling the system activity data collector (sadc):  
Apr 21 15:18:10 rn232-151 sysstat:  
Apr 21 15:18:10 rn232-151 rc: Starting sysstat:  succeeded
It usually locks up after the enabling swap space line. Thanks in advance for any help.
Old 04-25-2005, 07:59 PM   #4
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For anyone who may be interested, I reformatted my root partition, boot partition and swap space, then updated, and still had the same problem with the new kernel, 2.6.11-1.14_FC3. I looked on some of the mirrors for Fedora and found rpms for old kernels, 2.6.10-1.737_FC3, 2.6.10-1.741_FC3, and 2.6.10-1.770_FC3. I installed all of these and still have the same problem. Does anyone have a link to somewhere where I can find all the kernels released for the distribution so I can test those too?

So, I'm currently running the kernel packaged with FC3, 2.6.9-1.667, which is slightly frustrating because it was not as fine tuned as the recent releases. Anyone have an ideas?

I suppose my next step would be to back up all data and format everything, including the home partition since that's the only thing that wasn't touched in the reinstallation.

Any help would be great. Thanks in advance.


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