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Old 04-08-2008, 05:22 PM   #1
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Problem while installing Fedora Core 8 on Laptop.


I am relatively new to Linux, although learning many new things with each passing day, as Linux is the OS of choice of my company. I received a DVD of Linux (Fedora Core 8) a few months ago and installed it on my Laptop (HP/Compaq NX9010 - 2.4GHz P4, 1GB DDR, 100GB). I opted to keep my WinXP installation and use GRUB as bootloader. Installation went fine and everything worked fine. At the time, I only allocated a small amount of disk space to the Linux partition, mainly because I was unsure if I would keep it. After finding it to my liking, I could find no other way to change the partition information than to re-install Linux and use the Partition config. provided in the setup (I now realize that there are many better ways to do this >_< ).

Here is my issue: I modified the Partition (again) after the second install and rendered the Linux install useless. I attempted to install (yes, for the third time) using the new partitioning layout. Install goes smoothly, all the way through Package selection. Once the Packages begin to install, the Installation process freezes (and at different points each time - I have re-tried several times). There is no consistency as to where it freezes while copying the Packages. I have performed the "Media Test" at the beginning to be sure that it isn't the DVD.

Does anyone have some insight as to what may be causing this? I am leaning towards the DVD, despite the fact it passes the Media Test, only because I have successfully installed on this PC before.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

-EO
 
Old 04-08-2008, 05:51 PM   #2
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Did you enable any repositories and attempt to get packages from there? The freeze you mention may be it downloading packages for install.

Try downloading another .iso, burn it at a slow speed and attempt another install.

Post your results.

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Old 04-08-2008, 06:53 PM   #3
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No, there were no additional repositories used outside of those on the CD. I first tried to install a whole bunch of options; Server, Development Packages, etc., that didn't work, so I went with a minimal installation, but to no avail.

I will try downloading and re-burning the DVD.

Thanks for the reply.

EO
 
Old 04-08-2008, 08:31 PM   #4
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Installation probs

Atleast in your case it installed completely once and its failing to do it another time.

In my case it installs flawlessly but does not boot.. I've discussed this isssue but in vain. You know how long installations take.... so i've taken my move back to Fedora 7...

Fedora 9 is releasing by the end of this month... Expecting a better installation and working exp from FC9.

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No, there were no additional repositories used outside of those on the CD. I first tried to install a whole bunch of options; Server, Development Packages, etc., that didn't work, so I went with a minimal installation, but to no avail.

I will try downloading and re-burning the DVD.

Thanks for the reply.

EO
 
Old 04-09-2008, 07:53 PM   #5
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It appears as though my efforts too, were in vain. I have done the easiest possible thing, nothing, to fix my problem. The date of my original post was the last time I attempted to install. I figured, what the hell, lets give it another go. So far, I am at 828 of 963 Packages complete - long past where I was getting before. Apparently my computer was merely being tempermental.

I DO, however, still have an issue with a seperate FC8 installation on my desktop PC (P4 3.06GHz running @ 3.978GHz, 2GB DDR, 2 SATA; 350GB & 500GB HDD, 2 ATA HDD, 2 DVD +/- RW (Dual Layer), and various other commodities).

Here is a rundown: I used to have 5 HDD's in this machine. One of which contained my Linux Installation. As it was an old 40GB Western Digital, it died, along with any and all data which it contained. So I attempted to install it using the same DVD as mentioned in my original post in this thread, and it worked, without any issues. Upon completion, it restarts (normal). I get past GRUB bootloader, and it loads the kernel, and drivers, etc (where you have the option to view details). At this point what SHOULD happen is (mind you very quickly) the screen goes black and shows the login information (hostname, username, etc.) for a split second, then diverts to the GUI version of the login screen. This does not happen. It gets as far as the black screen showing the hostname and then restarts, continuously, over and over, and over, and over (get the point?). I am sure I am not the first to encounter this issue, so if anyone has any ideas, please let me know.

-EO
 
Old 04-09-2008, 08:22 PM   #6
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Could be the DVD, but I've had similar problems on a laptop with the DVD drive.

Could you try a network install?
 
  


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