Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 118889
Install hangs at /sbin/loader with a7n266-vm motherboard
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:10:38 EST
Description of problem: I downloaded the ISOs of yarrow checked them
for correct md5sum and burned them with nero. I booted off the cd. In
both graphical and text install anaconda starts but the process hangs
at /sbin/loader after a few seconds. The system is totally
I have an asus a7n266-vm mobo. An athlon 1.2 with 256 MB ram. I am
using the onboard graphic accelerator. The system worked fine with
Redhat 9. So this problem is very surprising.
Does booting with 'linux nofb' help?
There is a difference if I use 'linux nofb'. Whereas with text or
graphical install once 'running /sbin/loader' is displayed, the
screen settings change i.e. there is a new font and size used, the
character intensity changes and the cursor now looks like a block
instead of like '_' . This cursor then disappears and system hangs.
With 'linux nofb' the screen settings do not change. And the
cursor '_' continues to blink; but even after waiting for 10 minutes
the install process is stuck at 'running /sbin/loader' no HDD or CD
As you can see I am not a computer professional so i don't know what
details are important and what are not. Please excuse me for being a
Can you also try to see if 'linux nofirewire' or 'linux nopcmcia' make
'linux nofirewire' and 'linux nopcmcia' give exactly the same results
as text or graphic install.
Same thing with a Duron 1300 and Gigabyte board!
Surely something has happened on this bug in 6 months?
The board is a GA-7VAXP and I have tried everything I can think of,
including all of the above. Symptoms are identical.
No progress I know of. I just gave up and shifted to Mandrake 10.0.
It isn't bad. Maybe you can try Fedora Core 2. Lots of folks I know
are happily using it though not on the same config as me.