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Old 11-19-2003, 01:33 PM   #1
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Unsuccessful Linux Installation

Hello everybody,

I have recently purchased a new Dell Precision 360 workstation with 1gb of memory, 40gb hd, and a Nvidia Quadro FX 500 video card. I wiped the hard drive and put in the RH Linux 9 CD to install. After many lines of text, the screen went blank. I went back and reinstalled, using the "linux text" option and got much further this time, supposedly successfully loading Linux. After rebooting the computer, it got as far as "Starting firstboot: " and hangs there.

Any ideas about what to do now?

Thanks for the help!
Old 11-19-2003, 02:45 PM   #2
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1. If downloaded, did all the ISOs pass the md5sum?

2. Did you do the media check prior to attempting install?

How To Check MD5sums On A Linux ISO Image
# Cheap CDs
Discount Linux CDs
Linux Central
Os Heaven

# Pre-installation guides
GNU/Linux pre-installation checklist
The Pre-Installation Help File

# Partitioning
Linux Partition HOWTO
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Proper Filesystem Layout
Old 11-19-2003, 03:43 PM   #3
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No, I didn't download the images, I'm installing from the Red Hat CD-ROMs and I have all of the specs for the hardware of the PC. I first used the generic Nvidia Quadro driver, then used the vesa generic video driver, but both times failed. This was done while installing in text mode. When I install in graphical mode it just hangs. When I press ctrl-alt-F1 it shows "1...2...3...4...5.... X server startes successfully."; ctrl-alt-F2 shows "-/bin/sh-2,05b#"; ctrl-alt-F3 shows "* moving (1) to step welcome"; ctrl-alt-F4 shows "<6>parport0: irq 7 detected"; ctrl-alt-F5 shows just a blinking cursor; and ctrl-alt-F7 is blank.
Old 11-19-2003, 03:51 PM   #4
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try using the

linux noprobe

way if you know what type/genre your hdd is from, and what driver to chose for it.

good luck installed with me with no effort, tho Fedora aint liken me when I try to rescue disk'ed it.
Old 11-19-2003, 03:58 PM   #5
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hyper-thread function stopped me from installing redhat
It works fine after I turn that function off from the BIOS
Old 11-19-2003, 04:53 PM   #6
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I checked and made sure that hyperthreading is disabled and I tried using noprobe, but still end up at the screens described earlier. I did select the GRUB loader. Would that make a difference?

Thanks everybody for the help...I really appreciate it! I'll get it going sooner or later.


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