Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 33356
installer hangs - blank screen - Latitude LM laptop
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:32:24 EDT
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older Dell Latitude LM laptop p133 40meg ram
bios does not support boot from CD, so I used the dosutils/autoboot.bat.
The install proceeded OK, all the way through the point where it says that
X server was started OK (I am sure that the details of the last successful
text are probably wrong because at that point the screen goes blank - and
does not come back).
The second time I tried I was checking the various virtual terminals
hoping to see something useful - but then *poof* they all when blank.
I have used these CDs to install on a celeron500 desktop - which is
running quite well.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. boot laptop to dos
2. run autoboot.bat off the CD
3. watch the install boot the kernel and proceed - until the screen goes
Actual Results: there is nothing to do since the screen is blank.
After I wait for a while (many minutes) I power the machine off and reboot.
Expected Results: I hoped to get through the install successfully - as I
had done on one of my desktop machines - where Wolverine is running fine.
Please try the text based install.
You may have to boot off a floppy and specify 'linux text' at the boot prompt.
I should have made this clearer in my initial report. This Latitude is one of
the models where the flppy and CD share the same bay so only one can be
installed at a time - so if I boot off a floppy to initiate the install (be it
text based or not), there won't be any CDs to access.
Is there any way that I can edit the autoboot.bat script (after copying it off
the CD) to tell it to initiate a text install?
yes, just do "loadlin autoboot\vmlinuz initrd=autoboot\initrd.img text"
Sorry for the time lag in my followup. I used the text install and have the
laptop up nad running Woverine. I am still unable to get X running, but that is
not an installer issue. thanks.