Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 424041
/sbin/loader won't start
Last modified: 2008-12-08 06:04:13 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):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. get a Toshiba L100-129
2. download Fedora 8 DVD
Anaconda is not started
Installer should start
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).
Two things to try
1) How long did you let it sit?
2) Try booting with 'linux nopcmcia' and see if helps
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.
(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
I tried this, but unfortunately it doesn't work for me :(
I have the same problem on a HP Compaq nx6110. Neither of the solutions help me.
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
I tested with the Fedora 9 Alpha rescue CD, without any of the work arounds
posted here, but still no luck.
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Closing, since I've been happily running Fedora 9 now for quite a long while.