I run an AMD Athlon 2.5 GHz dual-core processor with 4 GB RAM and a 300GB drive dedicated to Linux.
I d/l-verified-installed F16-64 v. 3.2.6-3 full version which worked fine for several weeks. 8-10 days ago, after a lapse of some time I did an update via Terminal. As I remember, there were about 600 items.
Prior to the update there were a few things requiring an extra step or two. After, the system started running slower and I had problems with opening apps.
Then a couple of days ago startup took about 10x as long and while desktop came up, I couldn't open Tbird, Ffox or even Files using the Favorites box nor did clicking on Applications bring up any icons. I then did a mouse name-logout-name but the last was not active to give me restart or power-off. I then did a cold boot.
Following some advice I selected 3.2.5-3 and then 3.2.1-3 for a fresh install. Each stopped at or near the end of the boot process with error messages.
I then d/l-verified F16-64 Live CD. Booting from the CD I clicked on the icon, Install on Hard Drive.
Fedora Installer started through the process and stopped at "Creating ext4 filesystem on /dev/mapper/vg_compname-lv_root" I started again and ended at the same place.
I have no idea as to the causes of my failure to install. The drive has one partition and the install process says everything on it is deleted just before the install starts. I tried XP's disk management thinking to eliminate the partition but it tells me it's a "protected" partition and XP can't deal with it. Nor can I see it in "My Computer," so I can't format it either. Certainly any corrupted files should be gone.
Any help or ideas gratefully accepted.