The machine: SuperMicro ACPI Multiprocessor PC with Xeon 2.00 GHz chip.
The hard drive: ST340016A IDE, controlled by Intel (Ultra) 82801BA Ultra ATA Controller
The video card: 3dlap Wildcat UPQ90Pro
The Network: Adaptec ANA62044
The audio controller: 82801BA/BAM Audio controller.
CDROM: Mitsumi CDROM FX4831TIA
The operating System: Fedora 7.
After much fun with burning DVDs, give up and *buy* Fedora 7 media from re-seller
PC101. Get 11 CD set.
Pop in CD 1 and boot from it. Spends two hours on the "loading ata_pixx driver" screen.
Eventually gets past that. Asks what I want to install from. I say "install from CD".
It responds "cannot find driver for CD. Insert driver disk".
Cannot find driver for my controller on-line.
Attempt 64-bit intel Install. Breaks immediately, telling me my PC does not support long mode; I must use 32-bit install. Attempt 32-bit 386 install, with same result above.
Try again, this time attempting a network install from www.gtlib.gatech.edu
CDROM boots up with minimal image. Bypass ata_pixx driver error. Select standard
installation options. select install from http. Img2 successfully downloaded. Two hours pass.
A blank X-windows screen (grey with a single 'x' for the cursor shows up).
Two hours pass.
The fedora splash screen appears. I click next. the button grays out.
Another two hours pass.
It asks me if I want to wipe my hard drive.
At this point I come here for advice. I don't believe the install should be taking this long. I had always intended to wipe the drive and make this a single-boot Fedora system, but
I'm afraid that there may be some kind of hardware conflict ... why else would it be taking so long? I don't want to wipe the drive and find it unable to run anything.
Can this install be salvaged?
If not, what hardware would you recommend for Fedora?
Almost forgot. Saw on web suggestion that I dial down overclocking on CPU and disable ACPI power function. CPU is not overclocked and I disable ACPI. Same problems.