Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 119776
Text mode resets upon CD change on old machine
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:10:39 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):
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
It just reboots completely? No error messages, no flashing keyboard leds?
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.
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.
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.
Out of memory perhaps - its a big tight in 64Mb for an install.
This shouldn't be a problem with current releases and currently supported hardware
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.