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Old 01-26-2007, 01:44 AM   #1
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Question FC6 - Extremely Sluggish Installer. Help?

So, after using FC's 2-4 on a previous computer I decided to try core 6 for my linux distro on my recently built computer. Unfortunately, However, I am unable to install it. The installer runs extremely slowly. works ok up until the x start, and then 15+ minutes of a black screen before the welcome splash pops up. Next two menus work ok, then it hangs when I hit next on keyboard selection. Ive left it on overnight and it eventually hits the "searching for previous installations" dialog and never moves from their. Any Ideas whats going wrong? System Specs are below. I've tried booting with various install options (no usb, no apic, apci, text installer, force resolution, no probe dd for graphics card...). Ive also tried this on the i386 version, the x64 version, and the unity respin x64 version. All are the DVD versions burned at 2.4x w/ sha1 checks verified on the isos and disks checked in installer.

System specs:
Chip: Intel Core2 Duo 6600
Motherboard: Asus p5w dh deluxe (Intel 975 chipset)
HDD:Western Digital 250 GB SATA2
Maxtor 50Gig IDE
Graphics:Nividia Geforce 7900 GS Manf. PNY
Memory: 2048 MB DDR2 PC5400 Manf. Corsair(value vers.)
Soundcard: Audigy2 + Onboard Motherboard
Network:Several onboard + D-Link Wireless Card
Optical Drive: HP DVD Writer 300n

Not Sure whats wrong. Ive tried several live CD's and they seem to work fine(Knoppix/Unbuntu). I have an existing ext3 + swap partition I put on their in the vain hope of getting this to work, and an Acronis Bootloader installed. These HD's are Dual Booting XPPro in an NFTS Part'n w/ a Communal Fat32 Part as well.

Keyboard Just died while trying to install it. Only other thing I can think of is the DVD drive is old, so perhaps thats causing issues? It might be on it's way out but I'de rather not replace it unless I know its causing this as it otherwise works ok. (and seems to have worked ok for the other distros) (reads fine, have to manually open this sometimes.)

Sorry for the long post, just not sure whats going on here. Been banging my head against this for days, and searched through the forums here and elsewhere and had zero luck. Ide really like too stick w/ Fedora and would appreciate any suggestions you might have, thanks!
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Here's an ordered list of things I'd do:
- disconnect any peripherals you don't need at install time,
- if you don't need or want stuff, use the boot args, noscsi, nopcmcia etc, etc,
- choose text-based installer instead,
- when installing switch to console's (CTRL+ALT+) F3, F4 and F5 to see messages that may hold clues. If there's for instance hdparm trouble you could try setting params with the shell on console 2.
- if you break off the install, use the console and save all logs. During the install most of it lives in /tmp and the install log in /whereveritsinstalling/root/install*.


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