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Old 11-13-2004, 05:31 PM   #1
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fedora 3 get stuck at 'configuring kernel parameters' message at boot

I've just installed the Fedora 3 and of course i wanted the latest drivers for nvidia gf2 pro so i tried to install them...I do something wrong i know this.Here what i've done and the order:
1.downloaded the latest Ia32 linux driveres from nvidia website.
2.i used 'init 3' command to quit from 'X'
3.i installed the package normally this point normally i must edit the xorg.conf file from comand prompt but i didn't remember the directory and the whole modifications read on internet before 'init 3' command and i enter again in X interface and i edited the file from there.
5.i removed the line wich reffer to 'dri' and added instead of 'nv' the 'nvidia' word and reboot

After every rebootthe system get stuck at this message 'configuring kernel parameters' and a command prompt.How can i recover from this error.i don't know what to write at that prompt

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Old 11-13-2004, 11:55 PM   #2
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I had the same thing.


note that there are typo's in the receipe there. i've corrected it a bit below:

enter init 3,
#modprobe nvidia
#cp -a /dev/nvidia* /etc/udev/devices
#chown root.root /etc/udev/devices/nvidia*

save a copy of xorg.conf:
#cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.original
change /etc/X11/xorg.conf per /usr/share/doc/NVIDIA_GLX-1.0/README

in particular: find
the relevant Device section and replace the line:

Driver "nv"
(or Driver "vesa")


Driver "nvidia"

In the Module section, make sure you have:

Load "glx"

You should also remove the following lines:

Load "dri"
Load "GLcore"

if they exist.


this is all magic to me but it's part of the new udev stuff. it's new but at least i didn't have to re-compile the kernel.


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Old 11-15-2004, 09:10 AM   #3
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man ...i can't boot the system i can't corect the problems in that file because in xorg.conf file when i edit it with vi or pico i can't see any lines....i think i will reinstall it
Old 11-16-2004, 04:10 AM   #4
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> man ...i can't boot the system i can't corect the problems

When I noticed a problem, I tried adding "selinux=0 single" to the kernel args (using the grub bootloader, with the "a" key). I was able to log in. I then tried with just "selinux=0", and it hung again. So the "single" (for a single-user shell) seems to be the relevant part. Try adding "single", and then when it gives you that shell you could edit files or (as I did) just exit the shell and let it boot. It came up fine, with the exception of the X server.

This is all with a vanilla Fedora Core 3 modified only to use nvidia's binary driver and with TwinView options in the xorg.conf.

Hope that helps.
Old 11-17-2004, 03:18 PM   #5
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I was stuck unable to boot with the same situation. Burn the FC rescue CD and boot from it.
Old 11-18-2004, 04:03 AM   #6
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Hey, you don't need to use the recovery disk to boot up. Your computer is hanging when it tries to start up that fancy Red Hat Graphical Boot screen. When the grub menu comes up, hit "a" to edit the boot parameters for your kernel. All you need to do is remove the "rhgb" term, that'll let you boot to a command prompt so that you can fix the problem.

Last edited by beltandpants; 11-18-2004 at 04:08 AM.


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