Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 38400
Installation freezing on Toshiba laptop
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:32:55 EDT
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I recently tried to upgrade my Toshiba Laptop 1605cds from Redhat 7.0 to
7.1 seawolf edition but everytime i try to load it it ends up freezing out
at somepoint without any error messages. I had no problem with installing
7.0 and i still don't have any problems with installing 7.0 today. I have
tried installing 7.1 (seawolf) in expert mode but the same thing also
seems to happen sometimes it will get up all the way to where it is
installing packages and then freeze and sometimes it will only get to the
part where it is asking for the mouse type then freeze, other times it
freezes if left alone for a little while. I am really in dire need of
getting this working so i can complete my transition from windows to linux
and possibly convince my company to do the same.
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Put in the 7.1 seawolf cd-rom containg the iso image disk 1
2.boot up the machine press F3 and type expert
3.Select all the needed items and keep going
Actual Results: it keeps freezing at odd times i don't know whether it
has anything to do with cd-rom spining too much or the computer gets to
hot or something but none of these things seem to happen in 7.0
Expected Results: it should have loaded successfully without any errors,
i am pretty confident in my abilities to load nad configure red hat
operating systems since i have done quite a lot.
is this a none issue and what is the best way to combat it is there a
patch for it, any help is highly needed.
Did you burn the cd's or get them in the boxed set? If you downloaded them, I
would check the md5sums of the ISOs to make sure that nothing got corrupted
during the download.
Do these cd's work in any other machines?
I burned the iso's from one of the mirror sites and i have been able to use
them successfully on a desktop system but i need to deploy and test it on
laptops. Just in case it has something to do with the Md5sums, how do i go
about checking that out.
If the isos are on a Linux box, run the 'md5sum' command...like 'md5sum
whatever.iso'. It will take a long time, but you should see the checksum
information after it is through. Also, there are some freeware Windows
utilities to do this on a Windows box, but I don't have the URL's for them handy.
Unfortuantely the iso's have been burnt to a disk already but i have a linux
box that is running red hat 7.0. Can i mount the iso cd-rom to /mnt/cdrom/ and
run the md5sum command like you specified above
No, you can't really check the md5sum on the cd itself, you have to do it on the
ISO image that you downloaded. When the machine hangs, can you go to VC3
(<Ctrl><Alt><F3>) and VC4 (<Ctrl><Alt><F4>) and see if you see any error messages?
I will try reloading it again today and try to the key combinations to try to
check the error messages and i will also try to look for the iso images in the
downloaded form .
Actually i found the iso , it is on a windows system,(seawolf-i386-disc1-
2.iso), how do i go about checking the md5sum on it ona windows system, i can't
transfer it to my laptop since it might use up a whole lot of space
There are some freeware Windows utilities for checking md5sums. I don't know
how well they work, but they should work ok. Here's a URL for one of them
Ok i downloaded that program that you recommended and i used it to create a
md5sum for the iso that i have seawolf-i386-disc1-2.iso and the MD5sum that i
got is 596b1575773e88e066326f6741312a6f and then i went back to the mirror site
that i downloaded it form download.sourceforge.net and retrieved the MD5sum
that they had for seawolf-i386-disc1.iso and it was
f27b912299572a542cd663b712444445. This is all i have for now, what do you
think? did i do it correctly
I also tried to re-install it again but it froze and i tried the key
combinations you mentioned V3(<Ctrl><Alt><F3>) and VC4 (<Ctrl><Alt><F4>) but i
couldn't get or see anything.
In your last post, you said you used Md5Summer to check the md5sum of the
"seawolf-i386-disc1-2.iso"...do you mean disk 1 or disk 2? I don't understand
the "disk1-2.iso" part...
Sorry about that i meant disk1 not disk2. The MD5sum was for disk1
Ok, your md5sums don't match. They should be identical. This means that
something got scrambled when the iso came over the network, which means that
there is no chance for the install to complete properly. Try redownloading and
burn a new cd. Please reopen this bug if the problem persists after this.
Thanks for your report.
I FTPed into Ftp.redhat.com and downloading the Two iso's and burnt them to
discs on friday and then tried to install them onto the laptop again and then
the samething happened again (i.e freezing), i tried out the disc's on a
desktop and then installation went fine and smooth with one single problem
which led me to the conclusion that it had nothing to do with the disc's. My
issue right now is how do i get red hat 7.1 onto the laptop, is it possible to
do it via an online upgrade in which case the kernel will be upgraded to the
latest version or should i re-compile the kernel to reflect new changes that
will be beneficial to the laptop devices or is there any other way you think i
should go about this whole issue.
Try booting with 'linux ide=nodma'. Does that help?
I tried feeding the argument you specified above to kernel at boot time but
that didn't help as it still kept freezing at some point.
Well, one way to get 7.1 on the system is to install 7.0 and then upgrade the
RPMs by hand. Basically, put the 7.1 cd in the machine and go to the RPMs
directory and start doing 'rpm -U *.rpm' for the packages you want to upgrade.
After you upgrade the kernel package, though, *BE SURE* to go change your
/etc/lilo.conf file to boot from the new kernel. Otherwise your system will be
Before you try that, though, try installing 7.1 one more time and say 'linux
nofb text ide=nodma' and see if that works. Other than that, I'm pretty much
out of ideas.
i will try the new argument linux nofb text ide=nodma later on and update you
as to the outcome and if all else fails i will then try to upgrade through rpm
Closing due to inactivity. Please reopen if you have more information.