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Old 07-16-2003, 05:31 AM   #1
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Red Hat suuport !

Hi all
Newbie here... Trying to get Red Hat 9 to boot but cannot...

Here is a summary (if you can call it that

1. Installation (GUI) goes fine ... no probelm in detecting hardware etc...

2. The booting up process goes fine until it reaches the following:

Configuring Kernel Parameters [OK]

(it just hangs here)

3. After 20 minutes of hanging, I pressed CTRL + C and this broke out the hanging and I got the following >

INIT: Entering run level: 5
Checking for new hardware [OK]
Updating /etc/fstab Unable to open /etc/fstab/ for writing:
Read-Only file system [FAILED]

Touch: creating ‘/var/lock/subsys/kudzu’ : Read only file-system
Setting network parameters: [OK]
Bringing up loopback interface: [OK]
Bringing up interface eth0:
Determining IP information for eth0…failed; no link present check cable ?
touch: creating ‘/var/lock/subsys/network’: read only file system
Starting system logger: _

(here it stayed like this for about 5 mins)

modprobe: Can’t locate module char-major-180

Starting firstboot:
Touch: creating ‘/var/lock/subsys/local’: Read only file system

4. I then get a box saying :

I could not start the X-server (your graphical environment) due to some internal error.
Please contact your system administrator or check
Your syslog to diagnose.

In the meantime this display will be disabled
Please restart gdm when

< OK >

5. Clicking on OK repeats the following screen…

INIT: Id “6” respawing too fast: disabled for 5 minutes
INIT: Id “5” respawing too fast: disabled for 5 minutes
INIT: Id “4” respawing too fast: disabled for 5 minutes
INIT: Id “3” respawing too fast: disabled for 5 minutes
INIT: Id “2” respawing too fast: disabled for 5 minutes
INIT: Id “1” respawing too fast: disabled for 5 minutes

This is all I have at the moment.

So I need to know what re-spawing means in terms of Linux and how do I solve this ? (any help is appreciated)...

My system config is as follows :

OK, this is what I have :

Motherboard: MSI 875p NEO LSR (Intel 875 chipset)
Processor: Pentium 4 (2.4 Ghz)
Memory: 1Gb
Graphics: GForce 256 32Mb

HDD: One S-ATA 120 Gb (where Win XP is stored) and one IDE (parallel) 160Gb (where Linux is stored)


Standard QWERTY Keyboard
macally 3-button mouse

Although this Motherboard supports hyperthreading, I have disabled this to see if Red-Hat would wor, but get no joy.
I have tried disabling the S-ATA drive and booting from the IDE drive only
and still it hangs after the Kernel configuration.


Old 07-16-2003, 10:40 AM   #2
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Now this is a good problem.

You will have to boot into RunLevel 1.

Which bootloader are you using ?
And did you make a Linux Boot Disk ?
Old 07-16-2003, 11:02 AM   #3
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I'm not sure about this but i've seen this error before.
It was when i forgot to give the rw parameter at the bootloader.
Can you give me some more info about the bootloader settings and stuff ?
Old 07-18-2003, 03:36 PM   #4
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Well I used both Text install as well as GUI install... both return the same thing.

GRUB is the bootloader in use, and I did make a boot disk, which
does the same thing...

I asked Red Hat for support and they wanted the folowing output:


less /var/log/messages

when I typed that in I get nothing in return... although the boot up process says that there is something written there...

what more can i do ????

Old 07-18-2003, 03:45 PM   #5
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If you registered your product call tech support back and keep them on the pnone until you get a resolution.



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