Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 83096
Linux CD install fails before writing to Harddisk using default params - cannot write to floppy
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:50:28 EDT
Description of problem:
While at the Installing Packages screen (page 70 in the installation guide),
the installation fails before writing to the hard drive and displays the
following error trace:
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/gui.py", line 786, in handleRenderCallback
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/iw/progress_gui.py", line 149, in renderCallback
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/gui.py", line 632, in nextClicked
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/dispatch.py", line 150, in gotoNext
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/dispatch.py", line 215, in moveStep
File "/usr/lib/anaconda//packages.py", line 430, in turnOnFilesystems
File "/usr/lib/anaconda//partitions.py", line 1110, in doMetaDeletes
File "/usr/lib/anaconda/lvm.py", line 54, in vgactivate
searchPath = 1)
File "/usr/lib/anaconda//iutil.py", line 66, in execWithRedirect
childpid = os.fork()
OSError[Errno 12] Cannot allocate memory
In the above attempt I installed using the defaults with the exception of
specifying that all partitions be removed first. I had Windows 95 on the
system before attempting to install and after rebooting after this failure
Windows 95 was still booting, indicating that no writes to the hard drive had
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Red Hat Linux Personal Edition V8.0
These CDs were purchased online from RedHat directly.
How reproducible: CD install w/default params plus remove all partitions
Actual results: Failed at Installing Packages screen
Note: I expected some problems with install because the hardware may be a
certain level of incompatibility, but I thought at least the OS would install.
Hardware: NexTrend PC:
P5VX-BE Mainboard w/Intel Pentium 200 CPU, 64 MB RAM, plenty of IDE hard drive
(gigabytes), ISA system bus w/Intel 82371SB PCI Bus Master bridge, S3 ViRGE
PCI, OPTi Audio 16, 3Com 3C595-TX PCI Bus Master NIC, SupraMAX 56i Voice PCI,
serial COM port mouse, DIN (not PS/2) keyboard interface, USB PCI Controller
W2K installs without support for OPTi Audio 16.
IF ANYONE THINKS IT POSSIBLE FOR LINUX PERSONAL TO GET INSTALLED ON THE ABOVE
SYSTEM I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW ASAP BECAUSE I DON'T REALLY WANT TO RUN W2K ON IT !!
THANKS IN ADVANCE... BOB ZAGARELLO.
This appears to be a duplicate of Bug 76123. The problem is that there is not
enough memory to process the transactions that are to be executed by the
installer. Anaconda, in GUI mode, requires at least 64M of memory.
You can alternatively attempt to install Red Hat Linux 8.0 in text mode by
specifying "linux text" at the SYSLINUX prompt upon first boot.
Closing due to inactivity. Please reopen if you have additional information to
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