I'm attempting to install Fedora from CD onto an older (...okay, *old*) Dell XPS Pro200n (Pentium Pro 200MHz, 128mb RAM). The problem is that the installer consistently freezes in the same spot no matter what I try.
Things I've tried:
1) Unplugging the 2nd hard drive...no effect
2) Disabling the floppy drive...no dice.
3) turning off the serial & parallel ports in the bios (this is a much older American Megatrends bios vA06, and thus, I don't have any advanced options to enable/disable DMA, etc., just turning on and off various peripherals & ports)--basically I've tried every combination and systematically disabled every option...no dice.
4) Swapping the stock Matrox video card with a vanilla ATI 32mb PCI card...no dice.
5) Swapping card slots
6) Removing the wireless network card
7) Removing one set of paired memory sticks; reinstalling & removing the other set of paired memory sticks...no effect.
8) Installing in text mode
9) Installing with no hardware probing
10) Running a memory check
11) Let it sit overnight in the hope that it's just taking a *really* long time
12) searched this user forum for answers--none seem apply to this specific problem
Basically, the box is as stripped down as it can be. Regardless of what I try, the installer dies in exactly the same spot every single time.
Note that WinXP boots just fine on this box. I can also boot Knoppix just fine, albeit slowly. So, I can deduce that the hardware is in good shape and that at least one variant of Linux runs on it.
Specifically, when I try to install Fedora, it will boot and load up to the line /sbin/loader/, where the screen blinks, and then runs through a bunch of lines that appear to initialize and check the hardware and end with (I'm transcribing here):
Note that it does this check/initialization sequence twice (the line numbers on the left may be different the first run-through). The first time, it pauses on the "start_kernel" line for about 5 seconds, then a bunch of lines blast by and it dies on the code typed above.
Any advice would be most appreciated. I'm at my wits end.