Welcome to the most active Linux Forum on the web.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 07-17-2009, 12:56 PM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Jul 2009
Posts: 1

Rep: Reputation: 0
Angry Installation Hangs after Swap File Enabled

I am brand-new to Linux use, having just started a class at the local junior college as I work towards an Associates degree in IT.

The class provides a copy of Red Hat Linux Fedora Core 2 software, and the releases selectable at bootup are 2.6.5-1.358smp or Fedora Core-up 2.6.5-1.358.

I verified data integrity on the disks prior to installing. The install is being done on an HP desktop with Intel Pentium (R) Dual CPU E2160@1.80 GHz/1.79 GHz with 1.99 GB of RAM.

The hard drive is a removeable 40 GB WDC WD400JD-55MSA1

When I select that drive, and try to load Fedora, the system hangs right after the Enabling Swap Space [OK] appears. It doesn't matter which version mentioned above is selected at bootup.

I have tried disconnecting the Ethernet cable, which I found in one post, and also switching the mouse from USB to PS2 but nothing has helped so far.

Now what? I have class labs to do, the instructor is not available through the weekend, and I'm stuck. HELP!
Old 07-17-2009, 02:48 PM   #2
Registered: Feb 2008
Location: Texas
Distribution: Fedora, RHEL, CentOS
Posts: 488

Rep: Reputation: 78
Welcome to LQ!

Take a deep breath...

It is likely that it failed to chvt correctly during boot and you are actually being prompted for user interaction on another terminal. Try looking at the other available terminals once you get to this point. It has been my experience that usually on the 8th or 9th is where I find the problem.

Depending on how the system is booting you may need to use Ctrl-Alt-F# initially, otherwise just Alt-F#.


Old 07-17-2009, 03:08 PM   #3
Registered: Mar 2007
Location: North Carolina
Distribution: Slackware 12.0, Gentoo, LFS, Debian, Kubuntu.
Posts: 906

Rep: Reputation: 38
Disable swap

For troubleshooting i would disable the swap in fstab and try booting again.

You have enough ram (although I would recommend re-enabling swapfile once working).

It could be something as simple as an error in creation of the swapfile, a typo or incorrect pathname.
Old 07-19-2009, 07:52 PM   #4
LQ Guru
Registered: Aug 2004
Location: Sydney
Distribution: Centos 6.9, Centos 7.3
Posts: 17,406

Rep: Reputation: 2396Reputation: 2396Reputation: 2396Reputation: 2396Reputation: 2396Reputation: 2396Reputation: 2396Reputation: 2396Reputation: 2396Reputation: 2396Reputation: 2396
Be aware tha tLinux normally uses a swap partition, but can also use a swap file.... these are not identically the same.
Did you allow the system to create a swap partition?


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Is my swap partition enabled or not? glore2002 Slackware 8 06-15-2008 10:26 PM
System hangs on boot - "Mounting root file system" fails with Via VT6410 enabled Eagleorn Linux - Hardware 3 09-21-2006 12:58 PM
How doe I create a swap file in SUSE 10 after the installation? promo3000 SUSE / openSUSE 4 08-14-2006 11:20 PM
FC4 hangs on swap file. HELP hathmann Fedora 4 08-11-2006 06:42 AM
How do I know that my swap is enabled and working properly? mouse46 Linux - Software 9 10-26-2004 07:32 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:35 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration