I am currently trying to install the x86_64 version of Fedora 8 onto a Lenovo Thinkpad T61p. Unfortunately, the initial loader is crashing before anaconda even loads. The crash happens right after I skip the disc check, but before the line pops up saying its loading anaconda.
The disc is good as I checked both the SHA1SUM after downloading the ISO and I also did run the disc check the first time I booted the DVD and it passed. I have run memtest on the machine to check for bad RAM and it went through 3 full passes with no errors before I stopped it. So I don't believe it is bad RAM.
When the crash occurs, I get the following dump on the console, but not printed this neatly...
*** glibc detected *** /sbin/loader: corrupted double-linked list: 0x00000000009984e0 ***
======= Backtrace: =========
======= Memory map: ========
00400000-00646000 r-xp 00000000 00:01 37 /sbin/loader
00846000-00859000 rw-p 00246000 00:01 37 /sbin/loaderxt screen
00859000-00a1f000 rw-p 00859000 00:00 0 [heap]
2aaaaaaae000-2aaaaaab1000 rw-p 2aaaaaaae000 00:00 0
2aaaac000000-2aaaac02c000 rw-p 2aaaac000000 00:00 0
2aaaac02c000-2aaab0000000 ---p 2aaaac02c000 00:00 0
7fff9a8af000-7fff9a8c4000 rw-p 7ffffffea000 00:00 0 [stack]
7fff9a9fe000-7fff9aa00000 r-xp 7fff9a9fe000 00:00 0 [vdso]
ffffffffff600000-ffffffffff601000 r-wp 00000000 00:00 0 [vsyscall]
The rest of the system is responsive, I can flip over to the other consoles and the console with the shell prompt works. But the installer itself is dead and that console is hung.
I have successfully run the i386 version of Fedora 8 on this machine as well as the i386 and x86_64 version of CentOS 5.1. I would like to run the x86_64 version of F8 to avoid needing the PAE kernel to use all 4GB of RAM that is installed.
Any ideas what is going on here and what I can do to get around this problem?