Bug 119776 - Text mode resets upon CD change on old machine
Text mode resets upon CD change on old machine
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: anaconda (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Jeremy Katz
Mike McLean
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Reported: 2004-04-01 22:00 EST by Nathan B
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:10 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2005-09-21 16:46:43 EDT
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Description Nathan B 2004-04-01 22:00:58 EST
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Description of problem:
I have an old Pentium 1 machine which "free" reports as to having 
61688K memory. No mouse is attached and text-mode install is 
Upon install, the machine asks to turn on swap memory immediately.

If I select no packages along with the basic install, only CD1 is 
used for the install, and this kind fo install works. Should I choose 
extra packages for the install, install proceeds but the machine 
resets all by itself when it comes time to insert the next CD.... and 
this is not good.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Install in text mode
2.Turn on swap memory
3.Install multiple packages which are not on the first CD


Actual Results:  When it gets time to change CDs, the machine 
resets.... making a mess of the screen as anaconda reset messages go 
AWOL. Surprisingly the machine resets cleanly.

Expected Results:  It's supposed to ask me for the second CD when it 
needs it.

Additional info:
Comment 1 Jeremy Katz 2004-04-05 18:04:52 EDT
It just reboots completely?  No error messages, no flashing keyboard leds?
Comment 2 Nathan B 2004-04-05 20:40:09 EDT
Yes. It just reboots. I set the machine to install and then left it, 
hoping for it to prompt me for the next CD. I come back to find that 
the machine rebooted.

Tried again, and the machine rebooted, but I noticed that there were 
a bunch of reboot messages staggering accross the screen and making a 
mess of the install display - over where there was supposed to be a 
CD change prompt. The messages appeared to be typical shutdown ones, 
as if install had finished, but it all happened so fast that I didn't 
notice any error mesages or flashing lights on the keyboard.

It's really slow to install and I could try to watch for errors again 
(and specifically what package was the last one to be installed) but 
I need to find time for that.
Comment 3 Nathan B 2004-04-06 21:06:09 EDT
I noticed that this CD drive could be a SCSI CD drive. I booted it up 
in Knoppix, and it labelled it as /dev/scd0
Whatever the Red Hat 9 text installer does, it doesn't give this 
machine any problems.
Comment 4 Nathan B 2004-04-07 20:40:09 EDT
Tried another install. Here's where things get interesting. 

This PC I'm using has a 1.2GB HD. I tried an install which used both 
CD1 & 3, and the packages totalled about 750MB. Install nearly 
completed, and the CD change went flawlessly. Near the end of that 
install.... reboot city.

So I tried again. I limited the install to CDs 1&3 and this time 
packages totalled 655MB. Install completed without any problems.

A third time, I tried installing all the packages even though they 
had no chance of fitting on the HD. I get an error message before 

So the issue isn't CD changing. It's got something to do with making 
an install of size greater than 700MB on this hardware.
Comment 5 Alan Cox 2004-05-03 10:29:21 EDT
Out of memory perhaps - its a big tight in 64Mb for an install.
Comment 6 Jeremy Katz 2005-09-21 16:46:43 EDT
This shouldn't be a problem with current releases and currently supported hardware
Comment 7 Nathan B 2005-09-21 23:07:30 EDT
Probably shouldn't be a problem anymore. Unfortuantely I got rid of the old 
machine, so I can't check it out with Fedora Core 4 anymore. I wouldn't worry 
about this issue any more.

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