Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 18908
Graphic install hangs on Compaq 1220
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:29:15 EDT
Attempting to install RH7 from CD on to a Compaq 1220 laptop that
was previously running RH6.2 with only minor annoyances.
Using Graphic install (have yet to try text and expert installs to see if
the same happens), everything progresses normally until the kernel
package itself is being installed, when the system simply stops,
terminally, with progress bars in mid-stream. The trackpad still
moves the cursor but that's about it. Powering-down is only escape.
The same result occurs whether the install is an upgrade or a new
(workstation) install, and the install always hangs at exactly the same
I have installed from the same CD on to two other systems, with no
problems. I have also been able to re-install RH6.2 from scratch with
no problems apart from the usual.
Compaq do not support owners of this (quite old) laptop who wish to
run Linux on it. This unit has a 200MHz AMD processor.
Could not find this in the existing database, apologies if replicating
an existing creature (new to this).
One thing this could be is a bad cdrom. When it seems to lock can you switch
screens and if
so switch to the shell one and type 'dmesg' and see if it shows anyting ?
To test the integrity of the CD, I have installed from the same CD on to two
other systems, with no problems, and thus do not expect the CD to be the
problem. Will attempt to access dmesg and report. Will also test text-based and
hmmm ... this does sound like a problem specific to your hardware ... how much
memory does your laptop have ...? I am wondering if you are running out of it
... to test that hpothesis, the text mode install should require less, and
therefore complete ... does that work for you ...?
The system has 72MB RAM, so lack of memory seems to be a fairly low
However, using the text install instead of graphic install solves the
problem, and install completes successfully in this case, so perhaps that
is the reason.
We will note that the text mode install works on this hardware.
It is unclear what this issue is with the graphical mode installation.