Problems with Fedora 2 install
From: Brian Salter-Duke (b_duke_at_octa4.net.invalid)
Date: 07 Apr 2005 09:17:05 GMT
I have recently upgraded from RedHat 7.2 to Fedora Core 2. OK, I know
I should be more up to date, but I have the CDs and the Fedora 2 Bible.
Downloading something else is not on.
The machine is Toshiba Satallite Pro 4600 laptop. It is dual boot with
Windows 2000. Windows works after the linux upgrade, as it should. This
includes a printer on USB, a mouse on USB, a Netgear Wireless PC Card
WG511 and a Samba link from a desktop solely running linux. Before the
upgrade, the linux partition did not support the printer or the wireless
card (reasons for upgrade) but it did support the USB mouse and the
Samba link, plus NFS mounting, from the desktop machine.
The upgrade did not go smoothly. I will try to be brief but clear:-
1. The CD reader is not bootable, so I copied vmlinuz and initrd.img to
/boot and set up a grup item to boot from these.
2. This started to boot but hung on "Disabling IRQ #11". I googled on
this and found the advice to add "nolapic noapic acpi=off" to the kernel
line in grub.conf.
3. This booted and started the upgrade. It took over an hour on CD #1
(of 4). When it asked for CD #2, I put that in and took the dogs for a
well deserved walk. When I returned it looked as if it had completed and
booted but was unable to open X. I played with this and got X going. I
realised that the upgrade was not complete so I started the upgrade
4. This was fine. It said it only wanted CDs #2, #3 and #4. It loaded
quite a lot from #2 and then went on to use #3 and #4 and complete.
5. It booted fine but with many erors. I fixed some (like stopping
ipchains which is not in Fedora 2) and played around with several other
options. The problems are several and may be linked:-
APCI was not working. The battery icon always showed it had no charge
and I think the fan was not working. I added acpi=off to the kernel line
in grub.conf and that seems to fix that. The main problem however is
that eth0 is not brought up and the USB ports are not working. At one
point the keyboard "mouse" knob worked rather than the USB mouse, so I
moved back to an old mouse on the mouse socket. I need to:-
a) fix eth0 so I can transfer stuff from the desktop.
b) get the wireless card going so I can use broadband and hence drop the
dial-up account I have. There are 2 other windows machines in the house
and my laptop windows partition which are using bigpond wireless broadband,
but so far I am using an old dial up account to another ISP for linux.
c) maybe get the printer working - it may not have decent linux support.
d) get the USB ports working for other things, but less urgent.
What should I be really looking for?
Is there a place where the boot-up output to the screen is saved or can
dmesg gives a lot of stuff I do not really understand. It seems to
indicate that eth0 is brought up OK but then dies. There are messages
like "No IRQ known for interrupt key" which appear to be refering to two
devices - eth0 and the card socket? I have tried booting with the
wireless card in and with it out. I googled on the "No IRQ .." message
and found lots of stuff, but nothing that quite fitted or maybe I just
did not understand it. It had a line suggesting adding "pci=usepirqmask",
but I do not understand it and when I tried it, it still did not work,
so I took it out.
cat /proc/interrupts shows "yenta, yenta" against 11 (why twice?). This
is the card socket, is it not? eth0 and usb do not appear.
I would really welcome some help and advice on this problem and I
realise I will have to give you more information, but I am not really
sure what. I know little about hardware, although I have used computers
and programmed for nearly 45 years. I have quite a lot of experience
using linux and unix, but not a lot of installing linux and none on
playing with the kernel (although yesterday I did install the NTFS patch
to the kernel and can now mount the windows partition read-only).
-- Brian Salter-Duke Melbourne, Australia My real address is b_duke(AT)octa4(DOT)net(DOT)au Use this for reply or followup. Registered Linux user 287938. Linux. The choice of a GNU generation <http://www.linux.org/>