Re: Fedora 8 Improper Shutdown
Removing a lot of stuff to lighten the system can bust things. It happens all the time when people try that. Something to consider instead is to start out with a bare minimum system and build up. The "Minimum" package selection option went away in Anaconda for a while. I don't remember if Fedora 8 had it or not. If it doesn't have it, then a minimum system still can be installed by choosing "Customize now" on the Package Selection page of Anaconda and deselecting everything in there. The result is usually about two hundred packages being installed, it's over in a couple of minutes, and the system boots to a runlevel 3 command prompt. From there you can establish an Internet connection and install exactly what you need with yum (Fedora 8 has long been archived, so your repo config files will have to be manually adjusted for that). Or, you can set up the InstallMedia repo and install things from the DVD.
But if you want to soldier on with the existing system, maybe it's okay. I mean, if it turns off the hardware and then reboots satisfactorily, maybe you've disabled so many services that there isn't much work to do at shutdown. Fedora 8 was the last version to use plain old SysVinit. If you used chkconfig to disable services, that should be okay. If you manually adjusted the runlevel symlinks, then something could be amiss or out-of-order.
What packages were removed (see /var/log/yum.log)? What services are still enabled (see chkconfig --list)?