Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 507939
Booting to Fedora 11 x86_64 and x86 live CD on MacPro server freezes during grub or CD loading
Last modified: 2013-01-10 00:16:17 EST
Description of problem:
Booting to Fedora 11 x86_64 and x86 live CD on MacPro server freezes during grub
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Fedora 11 x86_64 and x86 live CDs
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Buy this: http://www.cdw.ca/shop/products/default.aspx?EDC=1698818
2. Install 2x1G extra RAM in recommended slots (total 8x1G RAM)
3. Install 3x640G extra drives in SATA bays 2-4.
4. Put disk in drive. Turn on MacPro and hold down "c" key to boot from optical drive.
5. hit any key to enter grub menu; select boot or verify and boot; hit tab to configure.
6. while backspacing over prefilled options or typing, grub will freeze.
(With the install DVD, I have to remove rhgb and add nomodeset xdriver=vesa resolution=1024x768 to get the disk to load properly. I was trying the same thing with the Live CDs, but past this point the CD loads into a black screen and no keyboard or mouse input results in any feedback. I cannot CTRL-ALT-F2 to drop to a console and log in as root; I cannot CTRL-ALT-BkSp to kill X.)
Basically, the drive spins for a while, then the process dies. Cannot use Live CDs to boot on Mac Pro.
"Just Works" should boot into Fedora like it does on my Thinkpad, perhaps at a lower-than-optimal resolution; or, if there's a problem starting X, then drop to a console and *show me the problem*. Black Screen Of Death == fail w/ no way of debugging.
Note that sometimes when booting from Live CD the screen stays black the whole time, and I never see the grub "automatically starting in 10...9..." prompt. My monitor is a Sceptre 24" w/ 1600x1200 screen. See https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=507936 for the xorg.conf file I ultimately had to use after installing from Install DVD (because Live CDs never booted).
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