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Bug 118889 - Install hangs at /sbin/loader with a7n266-vm motherboard
Install hangs at /sbin/loader with a7n266-vm motherboard
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
athlon Linux
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Assigned To: Jeremy Katz
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Reported: 2004-03-22 07:57 EST by Daksh Pratap Singh
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:10 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-10-05 12:03:58 EDT
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Description Daksh Pratap Singh 2004-03-22 07:57:49 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 

Additional info:
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.
Comment 1 Jeremy Katz 2004-03-22 11:44:12 EST
Does booting with 'linux nofb' help?
Comment 2 Daksh Pratap Singh 2004-03-23 09:01:11 EST
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 
drive activity. 

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 
little cumbersome.

Comment 3 Jeremy Katz 2004-03-23 13:50:33 EST
Can you also try to see if 'linux nofirewire' or 'linux nopcmcia' make
any difference?
Comment 4 Daksh Pratap Singh 2004-03-25 12:47:01 EST
'linux nofirewire' and 'linux nopcmcia' give exactly the same results 
as text or graphic install.
Comment 5 Dave Kerr 2004-09-28 04:00:51 EDT
Same thing with a Duron 1300 and Gigabyte board!

Surely something has happened on this bug in 6 months?

Comment 6 Dave Kerr 2004-09-28 04:11:59 EDT
The board is a GA-7VAXP and I have tried everything I can think of,
including all of the above. Symptoms are identical.

Comment 7 Daksh Pratap Singh 2004-09-28 19:45:33 EDT
No Dave,
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.



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