Bug 118889 - Install hangs at /sbin/loader with a7n266-vm motherboard
Summary: Install hangs at /sbin/loader with a7n266-vm motherboard
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda
Version: 1
Hardware: athlon
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Jeremy Katz
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Reported: 2004-03-22 12:57 UTC by Daksh Pratap Singh
Modified: 2007-11-30 22:10 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-10-05 16:03:58 UTC

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Description Daksh Pratap Singh 2004-03-22 12:57:49 UTC
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 16:44:12 UTC
Does booting with 'linux nofb' help?

Comment 2 Daksh Pratap Singh 2004-03-23 14:01:11 UTC
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 18:50:33 UTC
Can you also try to see if 'linux nofirewire' or 'linux nopcmcia' make
any difference?

Comment 4 Daksh Pratap Singh 2004-03-25 17:47:01 UTC
'linux nofirewire' and 'linux nopcmcia' give exactly the same results 
as text or graphic install.

Comment 5 Dave Kerr 2004-09-28 08:00:51 UTC
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 08:11:59 UTC
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 23:45:33 UTC
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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