Bug 424041 - /sbin/loader won't start
/sbin/loader won't start
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
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Reported: 2007-12-13 15:25 EST by Armijn Hemel
Modified: 2008-12-08 06:04 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2008-12-08 06:04:13 EST
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Description Armijn Hemel 2007-12-13 15:25:08 EST
Description of problem:

On my Toshiba L100-129 I can't get Fedora 8 to install. I tried the DVD and a
network install. Both times nothing happened after 'running /sbin/loader'. X
wasn't started, nothing on the virtual consoles that indicated problems.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:


Steps to Reproduce:
1. get a Toshiba L100-129
2. download Fedora 8 DVD
3. boot
Actual results:

Anaconda is not started

Expected results:

Installer should start

Additional info:

The machine has been happily running Fedora Core 6 and Fedora 7. What can I do
to debug this (sounds like a fun thing to do during X-mas).
Comment 1 Jeremy Katz 2007-12-13 15:46:45 EST
Two things to try
1) How long did you let it sit?
2) Try booting with 'linux nopcmcia' and see if helps
Comment 2 Armijn Hemel 2007-12-13 16:05:11 EST
I let it sit for about three minutes.

I tried to boot with 'linux nopcmcia' (boot from DVD, when the menu comes up hit
ESC and type 'linux nopcmcia'), but I still see that the pcmcia stuff gets
loaded. No result.
Comment 3 Roland Siemons 2008-01-14 13:20:21 EST
Problem solved:

(I had the very same difficulty with my Acer Laptop Travelmate 290. I could
install Fedora 7 on it, but the F8 cd stayed hanging on "running sbin/loader".)

Press [SHIFT] during boot. This gets you into text mode. Follow the instruction
that enables you to edit the kernel (of the DVD-loaded version of Linux)
Type "linux nohz-off nolapic text". (I needed the "text" instruction, because my
screen went crazy)

Result: anaconde comes to life in text mode. 

I selected Upgrade from F7. It took 1 hr, and the thing was done.

How I knew the commands? I just pasted together some info from here and there on
de internet.
Comment 4 Armijn Hemel 2008-01-20 14:01:54 EST
I tried this, but unfortunately it doesn't work for me :(
Comment 5 rh 2008-02-02 17:17:17 EST
I have the same problem on a HP Compaq nx6110.  Neither of the solutions help me.
Comment 6 rh 2008-02-03 06:57:40 EST
On the web somewhere I found this solution that helped: In the boot menu (with
the light blue picture) press tab and append floppy.allowed_drive_mask=0
clocksource=acpi_pm after vmlinuz etc
Comment 7 Armijn Hemel 2008-02-06 08:12:59 EST
I tested with the Fedora 9 Alpha rescue CD, without any of the work arounds
posted here, but still no luck.
Comment 8 Bug Zapper 2008-11-26 03:59:31 EST
This message is a reminder that Fedora 8 is nearing its end of life.
Approximately 30 (thirty) days from now Fedora will stop maintaining
and issuing updates for Fedora 8.  It is Fedora's policy to close all
bug reports from releases that are no longer maintained.  At that time
this bug will be closed as WONTFIX if it remains open with a Fedora 
'version' of '8'.

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Comment 9 Armijn Hemel 2008-12-08 06:04:13 EST
Closing, since I've been happily running Fedora 9 now for quite a long while.

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