I'm trying to upgrade a Dell Precision 530 from Fedora 10 to Fedora 11, but after preupgrade's reboot it drops me at a GRUB prompt. I can get it a little farther along by entering "configfile /grub/grub.conf" (I get a blueish screen with the Fedora "f" in the center, but no further), or by manually telling it which kernel & initrd files to use (using the same values stored in /grub/grub.conf). If I do the latter the screen eventually shows:
Starting atd: [OK]
Starting jexec servicesStarting Avahi daemon... [FAILED]
Starting yum-updatesd: [OK]
Starting HAL daemon: [FAILED]
and there it sits, with a flashing cursor just after "dnsmasq: ". It appears just as written above - the 'jexec services' and 'Starting Avahi daemon...' messages are all mushed together like that.
I'd originally tried upgrading directly from F10 to F14 but got a failure in anaconda (I tried to get it to save an error log to disk but it wouldn't - sorry). So I tried upgrading one step at a time and am now stuck.
I've also tried downloading the Fedora 14 KDE live desktop spin & updating directly from that CD, but it requires that / be formatted as ext4 (mine is still at ext3).
The machine has been running F10 happily for years (I'm upgrading now because I finally have time & opportunity to do so).
If I poke the power button briefly it sees it & does a graceful shutdown; normally I have to press & hold the power button several seconds to force a power-off.
It looks like there are two kernels installed at present - the one in upgrade and vmlinuz-220.127.116.11-105.2.23.fc11.i586.
ps - I *am* able to boot into single user mode and bring up the network connection. I checked /var/log/messages and /var/log/dmesg, but nothing looked out of order in either of them (maybe there is & I just missed it - that's happened before).