Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 493078
Fedora 11 Live Beta doesn't boot in VMWare
Last modified: 2009-04-28 15:55:54 EDT
Description of problem:
NOTE: I am not sure what component is the culprit, I am picking grub since it is the first thing that I see that freaks out.
I've downloaded the new F11 beta live image, and I've tried to boot it to install into two different machines. An Eee PC 1000, and at boot time, the screen goes gray, and if I hit scape the prompt: boot: shows up and there is not much else I can do from there. It doesn't even give me the GRUB screen.
I also tried booting it on a virtual machine (on vmware desktop 6.5), and the install seems to just feezes up after loading initrd0.img...........
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
How reproducible: Every time.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. On Eee PC: install image on usb thumbdrive: livecd-iso-to-disk /home/ansilva/F11-Beta-i686-Live.iso /dev/sdb1
2. On Eee PC: Change BIOS to boot off USB disk
3. Boots, and see gray screen. It doesn't even give me the Grub screen.
4. On Vmware Desktop 6.5: Create new VM
5. Set 4e9a3d21dbe4fafe5b4aec41098eb03a F11-Beta-i686-Live.iso as the boot CD
6. Boot VM, and it freezes at loading initrd0.img........... (on Vmware it gives me the grub screen)
I can't boot into F11
I should be able to boot into F11
On an extra note, this happened to me on Fedora Alpha as well... My apologies in advance for not filing the bug sooner.
This happens for me as well on a dell latitude d820. Perhaps something to do with kernel mode setting on intel graphics?
I have experienced this problem as well. I have tested on intel, sis, and via video chipsets with the same results. I am trying to use a usb stick to boot off of. The image used to create it boots fine in a VM.
I think we are duplicate of this bug.
Updating syslinux on my F10 box fixed me up.
I had the problem from a usb stick, but also from booting from VMware without using livecd-iso-to-disk
I don't think it's a duplicate.
Just saw someone reporting the same thing I saw with vmware at: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=493282
I think we are dealing with two different problems. The grey screen at boot is the syslinux issue. The VMWare image is probably something different as it gets to trying to mount the initrd.
ah, ok that's fair, I am going try to upgrade my syslinux on f10 and use livecd-iso-to-disk and try to boot my Eee PC again, I will report later tonight.
Created attachment 337688 [details]
vmware screenshot with F11 beta live hanging
Jon, you are correct. I did the work around for syslinux stated at: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=492370
And I've been able to boot and install Fedora 11 Beta on my Eee PC.
So, the vmware workstation is indeed something else.
I've removed 'quiet' and 'rhgb' from grub on VMWare, here is where it dies (see screenshot attached).
I have the same problem here with custom livecd. The problem seems to come from syslinux-3.73 because 3.61 works fine for me. In order to boot the livecd when asked on the command line type in linux0. This is the default label from syslinux.conf file, which contains the menu entries. Or you can type in one of the other options. my bug here: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=493628
I tried to install F11-Beta-i686-Live.iso on an usb via livecd-iso-to-disk but it does not work: white screen and if I press ESC, I only see "boot:".
I used the same iso via VirtualBox and it works.
Given that non-VMware issues seem to be different and are tracked elsewhere, I'm tweaking the title of this bug to focus on the VMWare aspect.
Marking a dupe for the vmware bits (the syslinux bits are also tracked elsewhere)
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 493282 ***