I upgraded from a working installation of FC3 to FC5. This process took days to do with the repetitive system freezes and python assertion crashes, but finally made it... or so I thought.
At the end of the installation when the only thing left to do was to remove the media and reboot, I ran into a kernel panic. Thinking a reboot might solve this I rebooted the machine and it went directly to WinXP never recognizing that FC was even on the machine. During the install, I installed GRUB on hd1 vs the MBR WinXP resides.
Using a boot disk, I was able to go directly to FC and boot it, but again had the kenel panic. FC5 runs a portion of the startup routine and then crashes. Using the rescue mode, I did confirm that GRUB is installed and there is a Stage1 file and a grub.conf file.
The kenel panic output is as follows:
EXT2-fs: unable to read superblock isofs_fill_super; bread failed, dev=md1, iso_blknum=16, block=32
Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(3,66)
I have a Dell Dimension with a P4 processor and 1.2g of memory. I have two harddrives, one with WinXP (40 gigs, (hd0)) and the second with FC5 (8 gigs, (hd1)).
I would try a reinstall, but considering the difficulty just getting this far, the thought of starting over makes me want to curl up in the fetal position. Suggestions are appreciated. I tried using the using the isntallation disc selecting the upgrade option hoping this might correct the unreadable block, but still had no success.