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Flashing cursor on fresh install of Fedora 16

asked 2012-03-21 11:48:39 -0500

lanmaster82 gravatar image

I just did a clean install of Fedora 16 on my system. All I get after the BIOS screen is a flashing cursor. I have found and red numerous posts all over the internet for similar issues, but have yet to find anything that fixes my problem. Obviously it has something to do with the MBR and Grub, but just can't seem it resolve it.

The disk did have Windows installed on it previously, some people have mentioned that this makes a difference. Also, if I install Fedora 15 it boots fine, re-install 16 and I get the same blinking cursor.

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answered 2012-03-21 12:51:49 -0500

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Ok, it was the new GPT labeling for the disk that Fedora 16 uses by default. Here is the info to work around it:

"If you are affected by this problem, you can work around it by passing the parameter nogpt to the Fedora installer. To do this, at the initial bootloader menu for the Fedora installation, where you can select to install, install in basic graphics mode, boot to the rescue mode and so on, hit the Tab key, then edit the command line for the Fedora installer and add the word nogpt. "

And the url of the page I found the info:

Look about 1/3 of the way down for the heading "Some systems, particularly Apple Macs, cannot boot GPT-labelled disks ".

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