Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 52653
Installation of Redhat Linux 7.0 failed in middle of process with Exception Condition message, causing the system to crash and screen freeze up.
Last modified: 2005-10-31 17:00:50 EST
Description of Problem:
Installation Target Device and procedure
- Pentium III 667 MHz with 256MB RAM
- Existing OS is Windows 98 on C drive with partition D (both using
FAT32). Partition D is solely for Linux and is more than 16 GB free.
- User wants to be able to boot to either Windows 98 or Linux after this
- D was assigned the mount point of /.
- Installation started from CD using the graphical mode and the
Workstation option was selected.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Start Linux 7.0 installation using the CD that comes with Linux for
Dummies by LeBlanc, etc, 3rd Edition.
2. Follow the instruction for installing as listed in Chapter 3 of the
3. Installation started creating and copying files to partition D for
about 5 minutes and then halted with the Exception Condition message and
suggested that it is likely a bug and should be reported to Red Hat
Bugzilla. (For detail bug message please see attachment.)
The screen freezes as a result of the failed installation. The error
message dialog box cannot be srolled up to view the complete text. Also
the message can't be copied to another device because of the crash.
Installation to complete successfully
I am trying to install Linux 7.0 to a partition of its own on a same drive
which already has a running operating system - Windows 98 which is in a
different partition. In other words, Windows 98 is currently on drive C,
and Linux 7.0 will be on drive D. Both C and D are logical partitions
FAT32)on the same hard drive. I have only one hard drive on my computer.
Created attachment 29736 [details]
Error message from failed installation of Redhat Linux 7.0
How big did you set the swap file to be? I think the installer defaults to 32MB
of RAM, but it would be better to increase it to something like 128MB of RAM.
Does that help?
I used the default size of 32MB for the swap file when the problem described in
this bug report occurred. Now I set it to 128MB and the install went a little
further. I no longer get the error message but it didn't get anything
installed. It seems to get stuck in the Format/Filesystem stage forever. After
more than three hours I gave up and reboot the system. I started the install
process again but using the Text mode this time, with the swap file set to
128MB. The install completed successfully. May be a small swap file size was
the problem causing this bug, but I wouldn't want to go back to the Graphical
mode to try again.
Had you selected to check for bad blocks on any of your filesystems?
Any more info here?
Closing due to inactivity. Please reopen if you have more information.