Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 112415
Installer hangs after message 'Initializing /sbin/loader'
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:10:34 EST
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Description of problem:
When I try and boot my machine into the Fedora installer from a
floppy disk (one from the Fedora site) it gets as far as to try and
load /sbin/loader before hanging. It is a hard lock, and nothing
short of pulling the battery out (yeah, I know, the manual advises
against it) will shut it down. The last message I get from the
console is the 'Initializing /sbin/loader' message, and then I get a
My hardware is:
Mitac MiNote 6020T Notebook
Pentium 3 497Mhz (Coppermine)
6,194 Mb Toshiba HDD (5400RPM)
ATI Mach 64-based GFX card (Actual card is an 'ATI Rage Pro 128' with
Keyboard and mouse are inbuilt
TEAC 12x CDROM (internal)
As a final note, I have tried the following installer options:
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Fedora Core 1 (Stable)
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Load the Fedora boot floppy
2. Insert CD when prompted
3. Try whichever boot option you please
Actual Results: Laptop hangs with a black screen.
Expected Results: Installer carries on working
I currently have Debian 3.0r1 (stable) on the laptop (don't shoot
me!) which uses an older version of XFree86. Fedora, on the other
hand uses XFree86 4.3.0 I believe.
Does booting with 'linux nofb' help?
Yes, it now boots into Anaconda without any problems! Thanks!
I have almost the same problem:
anaconda crashes at "running /sbin/loader"
I tried "linux nofb", results the cursor is blinking but the system
everything else I tried, system freezes and no blinking cursor.
-athlon xp 2200+ on msi motherboard kt4v series with via kt400
-512 ddram (400 samnung I gues)
-hdd maxtor fireball3 40 gb (c:\ 10 gb system xp - uups...-; d:\ 20
gb for everything; and 10 gb for Fedora red hat); please don't let me
down cause I use winxp for some reason...
-asus cdrom 50x
-logitech cordless mouse & keyboard
-modem internal intel 5628
-network on board via rhine II fast ethernet
-display sony multiscan 20 se
-sound sb live!
-tv tunner pinnacle pro
I've got this problem too.
I'm attempting to install Fedora Core 1 from a cdrom. Nofb, noprobe, text, and several other boot options I thought could help me didn't work. Same result everytime: hard hang at /sbin/loader.
I've yet to try other media sources for installation.
I installed RH 8 earlier with no installation problems. The only difference between my system at the time I installed RH 8 and my system now is a new motherboard, an Abit KV7. The mobo at the time of the RH 8 installation was a leaky Gigabyte 7VRXP. No change in peripherals.
I read that some USB controllers might be causing problems at /sbin/loader. The KV7 uses a standard VIA USB 2.0 controller.
No exotic hardware except possibly an onboard SATA RAID controller which is not in use and is disabled in BIOS.
I confirmed the md5s on the isos I used. 'linux mediacheck' didn't work because it crashed at /sbin/loader too.
Athlon XP 2000+
Abit KV7 mobo with via KT600 chipset
Pioneer DVD-ROM 106
Nvidia GeForce Ti 4600
Via onboard ethernet
Please ask if any more information would be useful.
nousb got me past the /sbin/loader hang, but now it is hanging in
kudzu (I believe) after trying to detect the monitor.
I had exactly the same problem with a new Athlon XP 2600+, 1GB RAM on
an MSI KT6V-LSR motherboard. The critical factor turned out to be
"USB Legacy Support" being enabled in the BIOS (I use a USB mouse, so
had it enabled because I had needed it before).
With this setting enabled, the boot would reach /sbin/loader, the
cursor would flash exactly three times, then stop - the system would
freeze. Similar effect with "linux nofb", though "linux nousb
nopcmcia nofirewire nofb" did get all the way to the text mode
I disabled USB Legacy Support in the BIOS (it's under "Integrated
Peripherals"), and the installer starts just fine.
I have a similar problem with core2 test3 , when I start to install
system hung and no more run.
I have a P4-2400 with ASUS P4P800 and 5 IDE unit (2 PATA+CD+DVD+1
- ATI 9500 Pro + Syncmaster 171 (LCD).
- On board 3COM 2000 NIC.
With old release (test 2) system start and hang during partitioning.
With test 3 system non start initially.
Thanks for your help.
This should be happier with current releases.
I have the same problem installing FC4 on my laptop. It freezes after it
displays the /sbin/loader... I have tried linux nofb but still it doesn't work.
Help needed please...
Asus A6B00R Laptop
Intel Celeron M Processor 370
ATI Radeon Express 200M
15.4 WXGA TFT LCD