[CentOS] Odd installation hang.
lowen at pari.edu
Mon Mar 27 21:35:27 UTC 2006
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I had an odd installation hang on an older Athlon MB; KT133 I believe.
SuSE 10.0 and Fedora Core 5 installers ran fine; CentOS 4.2 and 4.3 hung with
the last line on the screen referencing running /sbin/loader (or is
that /sbin/installer....don't typically see it enough to remember); the
cursor froze at that point. SuSE 10.0 successfully installed on this box.
After trying all the normal tricks, like turning ACPI off, using the BIOS IRQ
table, etc, I noticed that the FC5 installer mentioned something about
disabling IRQ6. IRQ6?!? That's the floppy controller; but there's no floppy
drive configured or cabled. Hmmm.... no place in the BIOS to disable the
floppy controller ?!? Ok, let's tell it it has a 3.5 1.44MB floppy (even
though it doesn't!), and not to stop on floppy errors.
Lo and behold, that fixed the hang. Something in the CentOS 4 installer that
runs right after /sbin/loader was hanging, unless it had a floppy out there,
even when there was no floppy out there.
But, and I repeat, SuSE 10.0 installed flawlessly, and the FC5 installer came
up fine. But the CentOS 4 installer did not until I told the BIOS to lie
about having a floppy.
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