[CentOS] Hosed by 4.2

Maciej Żenczykowski maze at cela.pl
Sun Oct 16 19:34:13 UTC 2005

I installed Centos 4.2 the day it was released.
It was a 512MB Ram, Sempron 2800+, Asus K8N-E Deluxe motherboard.
The install from DVD went fine.
However the computer wouldn't boot.
Grub froze after flashing the Loading stage 2 screen with a blank screen. 
Booting from rescue resulted in rescue mode (anaconda I assume) finishing 
with an error just after I selected network interfaces on.
Booting from rescue again (with network off) and fixing grub.conf not to 
use the splash screen didn't help - still didn't boot from HDD.
Finally I rebooted from rescue and reinstalled grub - this time the 
computer boots normally.
I went through firstboot configuration and X booted ok and I logged into 
gdm, did some minor configuration tasks (nothing to do with X, mostly 
iptables related stuff, adding a user, copying a few DVDs as iso images 
onto the 120GB disk for later and to speed access) and rebooted.
This time the computer froze upon loading the X server.  Mouse would work 
(move a big block of horizontal random colored lines over a screen full of 
horizontal random colored lines) but keyboard wouldn't (not leds not 
Had to do a reset.
This time after verifying nothing got borked on disk it froze again.
Had to switch to run level 4 do disable gdm.
Since then the system has been running, but it doesn't seem to be very 
snappy (but that might not be the OS's fault).

Maciej Z.

On Sun, 16 Oct 2005, Syv Ritch wrote:

> Hi,
> I have been using Centos since 3.0. I have been upgrading regularly without 
> any major problem.
> 4.1 to 4.2 has been a total disaster.
> I ran yum update, it went through and a couple of hours later I rebooted and 
> X froze with the screen just being just fuzz [regular rectangles, orange, 
> green...] and the keyboard froze. Could not do a alt-ctrl-backspace, nor a 
> Alt-F1-6 nor Alt-Ctrl-Del.
> I have a ATI9200 with a Samsung 710N [It only works at 1240x1024 @ 60Hz, it 
> will not work at any other frequency]
> This is the same hardware as I was running with 4.1.
> I had to reinstall 4.1, now I cannot run yum update to get the security 
> updates, it tries to upgrade to 4.2.
> 1. Is there a way to just get the updates for 4.1 and not 4.2
> 2. Any suggestion on what went wrong with X. It's not just the frequency 
> display because the keyboard also froze.
> Thanks
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