View Full Version : Fedora 2 on old Inspiron 3200
19th May 2004, 05:16 AM
Ok, so I'm trying to install FC2 on my old Inspiron 3200 laptop which has been running FC1 up till now. When I instert the first CD in the drive and bootup, it seems to be going find until it tries to run /sbin/loader. The CD spins and spins and spins, and nothing happens. This also happened with FC2test3 a few weeks back, but I thought that was just a problem with it being a test release. Any idea what's going on and how to fix it?
21st May 2004, 04:16 PM
I'm experiencing the same problem. Old Dell Lattitude CPi.
I've found that if I manually eject the CD then it moves to the next menu, I fill those out and then it stalls again.
Tried noprobe - same results
Tried nofb - same results
Tried the ctrl-alt-Fx buttons, no other consoles.
21st May 2004, 07:19 PM
I finally found what I think is the error... it was pausing trying to mount the cd-rom (? - what did it boot from?) and hung waiting for that...
what I think did the trick, was to pull the cd-rom out (no advisable) and plug it back in... then it went to the next section of the script...
alt-f2 and alt-f3 helped.
22nd May 2004, 09:35 PM
I finally figured out what was wrong. Apparently there is a problem with accessing the CD-ROM with the new 2.6 kernel (don't ask me why). After booting from the install CD I removed the CD from the drive. The install script then asked me where I want to install from and I chose to do an NFS installation from my main system, but you could always try a FTP or HTTP install. Got FC2 installed and the CD-ROM still won't mount. BTW, check out the wireless PCMCIA thread for how to get the PCMCIA subsystem working.
Is it just me or does FC2 feel a little... unfinished?
22nd May 2004, 10:03 PM
I did the same thing, and the system worked great getting the packages from my local ftp server.
The install bombed out near the end on some packages, and so I finally threw up my hands and installed the minimal package, and will build the rest using yum or apt.
I think the problem is this laptop is on its last legs.... for one. Or the mounting of the CD-ROM is problematic. It was failing on some DMA error continuously until the CD is removed.
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