Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 205633
Anaconda fails in FC6 Test 2 install on a Dell Inspiron 1300
Last modified: 2008-08-02 19:40:34 EDT
Description of problem:
The installation is on a Dell Inspiron 1300. Anaconda does NOT recognize the
monitor, and when the installation begins, foreign characters are shown, and the
install fails. This happens in graphical and text modes, and using linux
noprobe does not help either
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Fedora Core 6 test 2
Install FC6 Test 2 on a Dell Inspiron 1300
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Put disc in drive
2.Begin to run Installation
3.Curse when fails, repeat from step 1
Installation locks and foreign characters are displayed
Installation goes through
When you see the garbage characters on the screen, press Ctrl+L and then see if
you can continue.
This sounds like lockdep kernel messages spewing on the screen (which is a known
kernel problem in rawhide right now). But I want to see if you're experiencing
a different problem.
No, does not work. The last line (and only readable one) is "install exited
When Anaconda starts, I get this message:
Probing for video card: Unable to probe
No video hardware found, assuming headless
I tried using "linux noprobe" to install, then manually load the driver from my
ubuntu install, wouldn't load the driver.
As soon as I get the install prompt and hit install, I get the weird characters
Can you try a rawhide install (download the boot.iso or rescuecd.iso, boot it to
do an HTTP installation) and see if the problem persists?
It asks for a driver... It's not the Ethernet driver, i selected that... it
seems to be an issue with the video driver??? It SHOULD be the i810 driver.
If it helps, this is a laptop
Reassigning this to the X team since this sounds like graphics adapter and/or
You could try a text mode install to see if installation will proceed, but X
will probably still be broken for you.
Please attach the output of 'lspci -n' and 'kudzu -p -c video'
Reporter, please provide the information requested in comment #7 so we can
continue to work this bug. Thanks!
I can't get into any workable terminal in order to get that output. If I do the
install graphical or textually, as soon as the anaconda starts, I get the screen
full of the characters, and a small block that says "installation aborted
abnormally". After that, I can't do anything but do a hot reboot. If I disable
the probing, I can't get past the driver loading, it just doesn't continue on.
Happens in text install too, so bouncing back to anaconda for triage.
This sounds like a kernel panic. Try switching to tty4 to see if that has
happened. To do any more debugging, we'll need log files and the stack dump
that appears before 'installer exited abnormally [1/1]'.
Try rawhide or a Fedora 7 test release if you can.
Fedora Core 5 and Fedora Core 6 are, as we're sure you've noticed, no longer
test releases. We're cleaning up the bug database and making sure important bug
reports filed against these test releases don't get lost. It would be helpful if
you could test this issue with a released version of Fedora or with the latest
development / test release. Thanks for your help and for your patience.
[This is a bulk message for all open FC5/FC6 test release bugs. I'm adding
myself to the CC list for each bug, so I'll see any comments you make after this
and do my best to make sure every issue gets proper attention.]
requested by Jams Antill
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