Re: FC1 Install _appeared_ to work, BUT...
From: Kevin Wang (rightsock_at_gmail.com)
Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2004 14:22:52 -0700 To: For users of Fedora Core releases <email@example.com>
Well, we could use lots more information
how much memory
what make/model of laptop (at least cpu and graphics).
what sort of messages do make it to screen?
also, the init test that razvan posted would be extremely useful.
----- Original Message -----
From: Razvan Corneliu C.R. VILT <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2004 16:45:38 -0300
Subject: Re: FC1 Install _appeared_ to work, BUT...
To: Pa2U <email@example.com>, For users of Fedora Core releases
I used to run RHL7.3, dual booting, on a Sony Vaio laptop. When I
tried to upgrade to FC1 I seemed to be successful except that quite a
few apps and utils on the GUI did absolutely nothing when I clicked
them. When I tried to "fix" such anomalies by updating (via up2date)
I really shot myself in the foot, it seems. Things went from bad to
worse so I tried to reinstall FC1 from the CDs (which check OK by
media check). Although that install went without hitch, bootup now
ends up with only a mouse pointer on a blank screen. The pointer
moves, over the entire screen, at least. Unfortunately, that will
only amuse me for 30 to 40 minutes at a stretch. I really should
expand my horizons and search for more, don't you agree?
<Ctrl><Alt><F##> does nothing, and my MCSE training has left me ill
prepared for real computer diagnosis that I now need. I don't even
know how to force a boot into text mode, much less how to figure out
where my Xwindows config went wrong (as it used to work, and I can
still find my old files on the HD).
Now that I let the cat out of the bag regarding my perspective of
experience I will expect the (perhaps deserved) hazing for ever having
had any affiliation w/ Big Bill, but that's another story. Can any
compassionate soul out there point me in a reasonable direction to
diagnose this and get back in operational mode, please and thank
Pa well... lets see... for a text mode boot you probably need to add
the single parameter to the kernel in grub (select the entry, press e
(or p for password if you have one and then e), select the second
line, press e again and add single at the end of the line). this
should leave you in front of a command promt in runlevel 1 (sort of
command prompt only safe-mode in windows but without the GUI). to
start everything except the GUI you might want to switch now to
runlevel 3 ("init 3" is the command). Try posting any errors you see
from now on to the list and well se how we can help you.
BTW, why Fedora Core 1 and not Fedora Core 2?
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