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Fedora 28/29 install failure

My goal is to install Fedora 28.1.1, on an Intel S1200-SP server with a Xeon E3-1275 v5 CPU, 16GB of 2133 Unbuffered ECC DDR4, Intel HD P530 integrated HD Graphics, and a 480GB SSD, all components approved by the server board manufacturer.

I am using the directly connected monitor on the VGA port; IPMI is not available to me.

First, I tested with Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS, which installed AOK from its checksummed LiveUSB. There was no lag.

Next, I tried Fedora Server 28.1.1, from a LiveUSB generated by the Fedora LiveUSB Writer. The terminal window went blank shortly after booting from its checksummed LiveUSB. I got the same result with Fedora Workstation 29.1.2. I repeated the attempts with an ISO written onto different flash drives with Rufus.

Then, to try to get some information about what's happening, I tried Fedora Spin Workstation 29.1.2 with Cinnamon, having remembered something about GNOME problems. It installs, but Cinnamon repeatedly crashes every minute, both in LiveUSB mode and after installation and reboot. Cinnamon reports it is rendering in software mode.

I opened a terminal, and copied dmesg for your review.

Again, my objective is to install Fedora 28.1.1 Server, and the Workstation installs are just an attempt to gather information for troubleshooting.

Fedora 28/29 install failure

My goal is to install Fedora 28.1.1, on an Intel S1200-SP server with a Xeon E3-1275 v5 CPU, 16GB of 2133 Unbuffered ECC DDR4, Intel HD P530 integrated HD Graphics, and a 480GB SSD, all components approved by the server board manufacturer.

I am using the directly connected monitor on the VGA port; IPMI is not available to me.

First, I tested with Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS, which installed AOK from its checksummed LiveUSB. There was no lag.

Next, I tried Fedora Server 28.1.1, from a LiveUSB generated by the Fedora LiveUSB Writer. The terminal window went blank shortly after booting from its checksummed LiveUSB. I got the same result with Fedora Workstation 29.1.2. I repeated the attempts with an ISO written onto different flash drives with Rufus.

Then, to try to get some information about what's happening, I tried Fedora Spin Workstation 29.1.2 with Cinnamon, having remembered something about GNOME problems. It installs, but Cinnamon repeatedly crashes every minute, both in LiveUSB mode and after installation and reboot. Cinnamon reports it is rendering in software mode.

I opened a terminal, and copied dmesg for your review.

review. The output of lspci is shown below:

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200 v5/E3-1500 v5/6th Gen Core Processor Host Bridge/DRAM Registers (rev 07)
00:02.0 Display controller: Intel Corporation HD Graphics P530 (rev 06)
00:14.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 100 Series/C230 Series Chipset Family USB 3.0 xHCI Controller (rev 31)
00:14.2 Signal processing controller: Intel Corporation 100 Series/C230 Series Chipset Family Thermal Subsystem (rev 31)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 100 Series/C230 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #1 (rev 31)
00:16.1 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 100 Series/C230 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #2 (rev 31)
00:17.0 SATA controller: Intel Corporation Q170/Q150/B150/H170/H110/Z170/CM236 Chipset SATA Controller [AHCI Mode] (rev 31)
00:1d.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 100 Series/C230 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port #10 (rev f1)
00:1d.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 100 Series/C230 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port #11 (rev f1)
00:1d.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 100 Series/C230 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port #12 (rev f1)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation C236 Chipset LPC/eSPI Controller (rev 31)
00:1f.2 Memory controller: Intel Corporation 100 Series/C230 Series Chipset Family Power Management Controller (rev 31)
00:1f.4 SMBus: Intel Corporation 100 Series/C230 Series Chipset Family SMBus (rev 31)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Matrox Electronics Systems Ltd. MGA G200e [Pilot] ServerEngines (SEP1) (rev 05)
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation I210 Gigabit Network Connection (rev 03)
03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation I210 Gigabit Network Connection (rev 03)

Again, my objective is to install Fedora 28.1.1 Server, and the Workstation installs are just an attempt to gather information for troubleshooting.

Fedora 28/29 install failure

My goal is to install Fedora 28.1.1, on an Intel S1200-SP S1200SPLR server with a Xeon E3-1275 v5 CPU, 16GB of 2133 Unbuffered ECC DDR4, Intel HD P530 integrated HD Graphics, and a 480GB SSD, all components approved by the server board manufacturer.

I am using the directly connected monitor on the VGA port; IPMI is not available to me.

First, I tested with Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS, which installed AOK from its checksummed LiveUSB. There was no lag.

Next, I tried Fedora Server 28.1.1, from a LiveUSB generated by the Fedora LiveUSB Writer. The terminal window went blank shortly after booting from its checksummed LiveUSB. I got the same result with Fedora Workstation 29.1.2. I repeated the attempts with an ISO written onto different flash drives with Rufus.

Then, to try to get some information about what's happening, I tried Fedora Spin Workstation 29.1.2 with Cinnamon, having remembered something about GNOME problems. It installs, but Cinnamon repeatedly crashes every minute, both in LiveUSB mode and after installation and reboot. Cinnamon reports it is rendering in software mode.

I opened a terminal, and copied dmesg for your review. The output of lspci is shown below:

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200 v5/E3-1500 v5/6th Gen Core Processor Host Bridge/DRAM Registers (rev 07)
00:02.0 Display controller: Intel Corporation HD Graphics P530 (rev 06)
00:14.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 100 Series/C230 Series Chipset Family USB 3.0 xHCI Controller (rev 31)
00:14.2 Signal processing controller: Intel Corporation 100 Series/C230 Series Chipset Family Thermal Subsystem (rev 31)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 100 Series/C230 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #1 (rev 31)
00:16.1 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 100 Series/C230 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #2 (rev 31)
00:17.0 SATA controller: Intel Corporation Q170/Q150/B150/H170/H110/Z170/CM236 Chipset SATA Controller [AHCI Mode] (rev 31)
00:1d.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 100 Series/C230 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port #10 (rev f1)
00:1d.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 100 Series/C230 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port #11 (rev f1)
00:1d.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 100 Series/C230 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port #12 (rev f1)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation C236 Chipset LPC/eSPI Controller (rev 31)
00:1f.2 Memory controller: Intel Corporation 100 Series/C230 Series Chipset Family Power Management Controller (rev 31)
00:1f.4 SMBus: Intel Corporation 100 Series/C230 Series Chipset Family SMBus (rev 31)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Matrox Electronics Systems Ltd. MGA G200e [Pilot] ServerEngines (SEP1) (rev 05)
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation I210 Gigabit Network Connection (rev 03)
03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation I210 Gigabit Network Connection (rev 03)

Again, my objective is to install Fedora 28.1.1 Server, and the Workstation installs are just an attempt to gather information for troubleshooting.

Fedora 28/29 install failure

My goal is to install Fedora 28.1.1, on an Intel S1200SPLR server with a Xeon E3-1275 v5 CPU, 16GB of 2133 Unbuffered ECC DDR4, Intel HD P530 integrated HD Graphics, and a 480GB SSD, all components approved by the server board manufacturer.

I am using the directly connected monitor on the VGA port; IPMI is not available to me.

First, I tested with Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS, which installed AOK from its checksummed LiveUSB. There was no lag.

Next, I tried Fedora Server 28.1.1, from a LiveUSB generated by the Fedora LiveUSB Writer. The terminal window went blank shortly after booting from its checksummed LiveUSB. I got the same result with Fedora Workstation 29.1.2. I repeated the attempts with an ISO written onto different flash drives with Rufus.

Then, to try to get some information about what's happening, I tried Fedora Spin Workstation 29.1.2 with Cinnamon, having remembered something about GNOME problems. It installs, but Cinnamon repeatedly crashes every minute, both in LiveUSB mode and after installation and reboot. Cinnamon reports it is rendering in software mode.

I opened a terminal, and copied dmesg for your review. The output of lspci-k is also linked.

I have also, as per https://access.redhat.com/documentation/en-us/red_hat_enterprise_linux/6/html/deployment_guide/blacklisting_a_module, created /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf which contains one line

blacklist mgag200

and rebooted, but lspci is shown below:

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200 v5/E3-1500 v5/6th Gen Core Processor Host Bridge/DRAM Registers (rev 07)
00:02.0 Display controller: Intel Corporation HD Graphics P530 (rev 06)
00:14.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 100 Series/C230 Series Chipset Family USB 3.0 xHCI Controller (rev 31)
00:14.2 Signal processing controller: Intel Corporation 100 Series/C230 Series Chipset Family Thermal Subsystem (rev 31)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 100 Series/C230 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #1 (rev 31)
00:16.1 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 100 Series/C230 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #2 (rev 31)
00:17.0 SATA controller: Intel Corporation Q170/Q150/B150/H170/H110/Z170/CM236 Chipset SATA Controller [AHCI Mode] (rev 31)
00:1d.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 100 Series/C230 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port #10 (rev f1)
00:1d.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 100 Series/C230 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port #11 (rev f1)
00:1d.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 100 Series/C230 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port #12 (rev f1)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation C236 Chipset LPC/eSPI Controller (rev 31)
00:1f.2 Memory controller: Intel Corporation 100 Series/C230 Series Chipset Family Power Management Controller (rev 31)
00:1f.4 SMBus: Intel Corporation 100 Series/C230 Series Chipset Family SMBus (rev 31)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: -k still shows the Matrox Electronics Systems Ltd. MGA G200e [Pilot] ServerEngines (SEP1) (rev 05)
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation I210 Gigabit Network Connection (rev 03)
03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation I210 Gigabit Network Connection (rev 03)

in use.

Again, my objective is to install Fedora 28.1.1 Server, and the Workstation installs are just an attempt to gather information for troubleshooting.

Fedora 28/29 install failure

My goal is to install Fedora 28.1.1, on an Intel S1200SPLR server with a Xeon E3-1275 v5 CPU, 16GB of 2133 Unbuffered ECC DDR4, Intel HD P530 integrated HD Graphics, and a 480GB SSD, all components approved by the server board manufacturer.

I am using the directly connected monitor on the VGA port; IPMI is not available to me.

First, I tested with Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS, which installed AOK from its checksummed LiveUSB. There was no lag.

Next, I tried Fedora Server 28.1.1, from a LiveUSB generated by the Fedora LiveUSB Writer. The terminal window went blank shortly after booting from its checksummed LiveUSB. I got the same result with Fedora Workstation 29.1.2. I repeated the attempts with an ISO written onto different flash drives with Rufus.

Then, to try to get some information about what's happening, I tried Fedora Spin Workstation 29.1.2 with Cinnamon, having remembered something about GNOME problems. It installs, but Cinnamon repeatedly crashes every minute, both in LiveUSB mode and after installation and reboot. Cinnamon reports it is rendering in software mode.

I opened a terminal, and copied dmesg for your review. The output of lspci-k is also linked.

I have also, as per https://access.redhat.com/documentation/en-us/red_hat_enterprise_linux/6/html/deployment_guide/blacklisting_a_module, created /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf which contains one line

blacklist mgag200

and rebooted, but lspci -k still shows the Matrox in use.

Again, my objective is to install Fedora 28.1.1 Server, and the Workstation installs are just an attempt to gather information for troubleshooting.troubleshooting.---

I also edited /etc/default/grub to remove quiet rhgb and replaced that with inst.text then ran grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg and rebooted. When I did, I opened up grub with e and found its next to last line read

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="resume=/dev/mapper/fedora-swap rd.lvm.lv-fedora/root rd.lvm.lv=fedora/swap rhgb quiet"

I changed that to

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="resume=/dev/mapper/fedora-swap rd.lvm.lv-fedora/root rd.lvm.lv=fedora/swap inst.text"

but the problem persisted.

Fedora 28/29 install failure

My goal is to install Fedora 28.1.1, on an Intel S1200SPLR server with a Xeon E3-1275 v5 CPU, 16GB of 2133 Unbuffered ECC DDR4, Intel HD P530 integrated HD Graphics, and a 480GB SSD, all components approved by the server board manufacturer.

I am using the directly connected monitor on the VGA port; IPMI is not available to me.

First, I tested with Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS, which installed AOK from its checksummed LiveUSB. There was no lag.

Next, I tried Fedora Server 28.1.1, from a LiveUSB generated by the Fedora LiveUSB Writer. The terminal window went blank shortly after booting from its checksummed LiveUSB. I got the same result with Fedora Workstation 29.1.2. I repeated the attempts with an ISO written onto different flash drives with Rufus.

Pressing e in GRUB2 to replace quiet with nomodeset did not help. Neither did adding inst.text, vga=790, or vga=793 (ref. http://blog.fpmurphy.com/2009/09/project-plymouth.html). Every time, Server 28 stalled at fb: switching to mgag200drmfb from EFI VGA.

Then, to try to get some information about what's happening, I tried Fedora Spin Workstation 29.1.2 with Cinnamon, having remembered something about GNOME problems. It installs, but Cinnamon repeatedly crashes every minute, both in LiveUSB mode and after installation and reboot. Cinnamon reports it is rendering in software mode.mode.

The 28.1.1 Xfce Spin installs and runs OK, which does suggest something in GNOME is trouble

I opened a terminal, and copied dmesg for your review. The output of lspci-k is also linked.

I have also, as per https://access.redhat.com/documentation/en-us/red_hat_enterprise_linux/6/html/deployment_guide/blacklisting_a_module, created /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf which contains one line

blacklist mgag200

and rebooted, but lspci -k still shows the Matrox in use.

Again, my objective is to install Fedora 28.1.1 Server, and the Workstation installs are just an attempt to gather information for troubleshooting.---

I also edited /etc/default/grub to remove quiet rhgb and replaced that with inst.text then ran grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg and rebooted. When I did, I opened up grub with e and found its next to last line read

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="resume=/dev/mapper/fedora-swap rd.lvm.lv-fedora/root rd.lvm.lv=fedora/swap rhgb quiet"

I changed that to

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="resume=/dev/mapper/fedora-swap rd.lvm.lv-fedora/root rd.lvm.lv=fedora/swap inst.text"

but the problem persisted.

Fedora 28/29 install failure

My goal is to install Fedora 28.1.1, on an Intel S1200SPLR server with a Xeon E3-1275 v5 CPU, 16GB of 2133 Unbuffered ECC DDR4, Intel HD P530 integrated HD Graphics, and a 480GB SSD, all components approved by the server board manufacturer.

I am using the directly connected monitor on the VGA port; IPMI is not available to me.

First, I tested with Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS, which installed AOK from its checksummed LiveUSB. There was no lag.

Next, I tried Fedora Server 28.1.1, from a LiveUSB generated by the Fedora LiveUSB Writer. The terminal window went blank shortly after booting from its checksummed LiveUSB. I got the same result with Fedora Workstation 29.1.2. I repeated the attempts with an ISO written onto different flash drives with Rufus.

Pressing e in GRUB2 to replace quiet with nomodeset did not help. Neither did adding inst.text, vga=790, or vga=793 (ref. http://blog.fpmurphy.com/2009/09/project-plymouth.html). Every time, Server 28 stalled at fb: switching to mgag200drmfb from EFI VGA.

Then, to try to get some information about what's happening, I tried Fedora Spin Workstation 29.1.2 with Cinnamon, having remembered something about GNOME problems. It installs, but Cinnamon repeatedly crashes every minute, both in LiveUSB mode and after installation and reboot. Cinnamon reports it is rendering in software mode.

The 28.1.1 Xfce Spin (which uses lightdm} installs and runs OK, which does suggest something in GNOME is trouble

I opened a terminal, and copied dmesg for your review. The output of lspci-k is also linked.

I have also, as per https://access.redhat.com/documentation/en-us/red_hat_enterprise_linux/6/html/deployment_guide/blacklisting_a_module, created /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf which contains one line

blacklist mgag200

and rebooted, but lspci -k still shows the Matrox in use.

Again, my objective is to install Fedora 28.1.1 Server, and the Workstation installs are just an attempt to gather information for troubleshooting.---

I also edited /etc/default/grub to remove quiet rhgb and replaced that with inst.text then ran grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg and rebooted. When I did, I opened up grub with e and found its next to last line read

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="resume=/dev/mapper/fedora-swap rd.lvm.lv-fedora/root rd.lvm.lv=fedora/swap rhgb quiet"

I changed that to

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="resume=/dev/mapper/fedora-swap rd.lvm.lv-fedora/root rd.lvm.lv=fedora/swap inst.text"

but the problem persisted.

Fedora 28/29 install failure

My goal is to install Fedora 28.1.1, on an Intel S1200SPLR server with a Xeon E3-1275 v5 CPU, 16GB of 2133 Unbuffered ECC DDR4, Intel HD P530 integrated HD Graphics, and a 480GB SSD, all components approved by the server board manufacturer.

I am using the directly connected monitor on the VGA port; IPMI is not available to me.

First, I tested with Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS, which installed AOK from its checksummed LiveUSB. There was no lag.

Next, I tried Fedora Server 28.1.1, from a LiveUSB generated by the Fedora LiveUSB Writer. The terminal window went blank shortly after booting from its checksummed LiveUSB. I got the same result with Fedora Workstation 29.1.2. I repeated the attempts with an ISO written onto different flash drives with Rufus.

Pressing e in GRUB2 to replace quiet with nomodeset did not help. Neither did adding inst.text, vga=790, or vga=793 (ref. http://blog.fpmurphy.com/2009/09/project-plymouth.html). Every time, Server 28 stalled at fb: switching to mgag200drmfb from EFI VGA.

Then, to try to get some information about what's happening, I tried Fedora Spin Workstation 29.1.2 with Cinnamon, having remembered something about GNOME problems. It installs, but Cinnamon repeatedly crashes every minute, both in LiveUSB mode and after installation and reboot. Cinnamon reports it is rendering in software mode. The 28.1.1 Xfce Spin (which uses lightdm} installs and runs OK, which does suggest something in GNOME is trouble

I opened a terminal, and copied dmesg for your review. The output of lspci-k is also linked.

I have also, as per https://access.redhat.com/documentation/en-us/red_hat_enterprise_linux/6/html/deployment_guide/blacklisting_a_module, created /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf which contains one line

blacklist mgag200

and rebooted, but lspci -k still shows the Matrox in use.

Again, my objective is to install Fedora 28.1.1 Server, and the Workstation installs are just an attempt to gather information for troubleshooting.---

I also edited /etc/default/grub to remove quiet rhgb and replaced that with inst.text then ran grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg and rebooted. When I did, I opened up grub with e and found its next to last line read

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="resume=/dev/mapper/fedora-swap rd.lvm.lv-fedora/root rd.lvm.lv=fedora/swap rhgb quiet"

I changed that to

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="resume=/dev/mapper/fedora-swap rd.lvm.lv-fedora/root rd.lvm.lv=fedora/swap inst.text"

but the problem persisted.

Fedora 28/29 Server install failure

My goal is to install Fedora 28.1.1, on an Intel S1200SPLR server with a Xeon E3-1275 v5 CPU, 16GB of 2133 Unbuffered ECC DDR4, Intel HD P530 integrated HD Graphics, and a 480GB SSD, all components approved by the server board manufacturer.

I am using the directly connected monitor on the VGA port; IPMI is not available to me.

First, I tested with Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS, which installed AOK from its checksummed LiveUSB. There was no lag.

Next, I tried Fedora Server 28.1.1, from a LiveUSB generated by the Fedora LiveUSB Writer. The terminal window went blank shortly after booting from its checksummed LiveUSB. I got the same result with Fedora Workstation 29.1.2. I repeated the attempts with an ISO written onto different flash drives with Rufus.

Pressing e in GRUB2 to replace quiet with nomodeset did not help. Neither did adding inst.text, vga=790, or vga=793 (ref. http://blog.fpmurphy.com/2009/09/project-plymouth.html). Every time, Server 28 stalled at fb: switching to mgag200drmfb from EFI VGA.

Then, to try to get some information about what's happening, I tried Fedora Spin Workstation 29.1.2 with Cinnamon, having remembered something about GNOME problems. It installs, but Cinnamon repeatedly crashes every minute, both in LiveUSB mode and after installation and reboot. Cinnamon reports it is rendering in software mode. The 28.1.1 Xfce Spin (which uses lightdm} installs and runs OK, which does suggest something in GNOME is trouble

I opened a terminal, and copied dmesg for your review. The output of lspci-k is also linked.

I have also, as per https://access.redhat.com/documentation/en-us/red_hat_enterprise_linux/6/html/deployment_guide/blacklisting_a_module, created /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf which contains one line

blacklist mgag200

and rebooted, but lspci -k still shows the Matrox in use.

Again, my objective is to install Fedora 28.1.1 Server, and the Workstation installs are just an attempt to gather information for troubleshooting.---

I also edited /etc/default/grub to remove quiet rhgb and replaced that with inst.text then ran grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg and rebooted. When I did, I opened up grub with e and found its next to last line read

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="resume=/dev/mapper/fedora-swap rd.lvm.lv-fedora/root rd.lvm.lv=fedora/swap rhgb quiet"

I changed that to

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="resume=/dev/mapper/fedora-swap rd.lvm.lv-fedora/root rd.lvm.lv=fedora/swap inst.text"

but the problem persisted.

Fedora 28/29 Server install failure

My goal is to install Fedora 28.1.1, on an Intel S1200SPLR server with a Xeon E3-1275 v5 CPU, 16GB of 2133 Unbuffered ECC DDR4, Intel HD P530 integrated HD Graphics, and a 480GB SSD, all components approved by the server board manufacturer.

I am using the directly connected monitor on the VGA port; IPMI is not available to me.

First, I tested with Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS, which installed AOK from its checksummed LiveUSB. There was no lag.

Next, I tried Fedora Server 28.1.1, from a LiveUSB generated by the Fedora LiveUSB Writer. The terminal window went blank shortly after booting from its checksummed LiveUSB. I got the same result with Fedora Workstation 29.1.2. I repeated the attempts with an ISO written onto different flash drives with Rufus.

Pressing e in GRUB2 to replace quiet with nomodeset did not help. Neither did adding inst.text, vga=790, or vga=793 (ref. http://blog.fpmurphy.com/2009/09/project-plymouth.html). Every time, Server 28 stalled at fb: switching to mgag200drmfb from EFI VGA.

Then, to try to get some information about what's happening, I tried Fedora Spin Workstation 29.1.2 with Cinnamon, having remembered something about GNOME problems. It installs, but Cinnamon repeatedly crashes every minute, both in LiveUSB mode and after installation and reboot. Cinnamon reports it is rendering in software mode. The 28.1.1 Xfce Spin (which uses lightdm} installs and runs OK, which does suggest something in GNOME is trouble

I opened a terminal, and copied dmesg for your review. The output of lspci-k is also linked.

I have also, as per https://access.redhat.com/documentation/en-us/red_hat_enterprise_linux/6/html/deployment_guide/blacklisting_a_module, created /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf which contains one line

blacklist mgag200

and rebooted, but lspci -k still shows the Matrox in use.

Again, my objective is to install Fedora 28.1.1 Server, and the Workstation installs are just an attempt to gather information for troubleshooting.---

I also edited /etc/default/grub to remove quiet rhgb and replaced that with inst.text then ran grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg and rebooted. When I did, I opened up grub with e and found its next to last line read

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="resume=/dev/mapper/fedora-swap rd.lvm.lv-fedora/root rd.lvm.lv=fedora/swap rhgb quiet"

I changed that to

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="resume=/dev/mapper/fedora-swap rd.lvm.lv-fedora/root rd.lvm.lv=fedora/swap inst.text"

but the problem persisted.

Fedora 28/29 28 Server install failure

My goal is to install Fedora 28.1.1, on an Intel S1200SPLR server with a Xeon E3-1275 v5 CPU, 16GB of 2133 Unbuffered ECC DDR4, Intel HD P530 integrated HD Graphics, and a 480GB SSD, all components approved by the server board manufacturer.

I am using the directly connected monitor on the VGA port; IPMI is not available to me.

First, I tested with Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS, which installed AOK from its checksummed LiveUSB. There was no lag.

Next, I tried Fedora Server 28.1.1, from a LiveUSB generated by the Fedora LiveUSB Writer. The terminal window went blank shortly after booting from its checksummed LiveUSB. LiveUSB with:
[ OK ] Started Show Plymouth Boot Screen.
[ OK ] reached target Paths.
[ OK ] started Forward Password Requests to Plymouth Directory Watch.

and it stalls.

I got the same result with Fedora Workstation 29.1.2. I repeated the attempts with an ISO written onto different flash drives with Rufus.

Pressing e in GRUB2 to replace quiet with nomodeset did not help. Neither did adding inst.text, vga=790, or vga=793 (ref. http://blog.fpmurphy.com/2009/09/project-plymouth.html). Every time, Server 28 stalled at fb: switching to mgag200drmfb from EFI VGA.

Then, to try to get some information about what's happening, I tried Fedora Spin Workstation 29.1.2 with Cinnamon, having remembered something about GNOME problems. It installs, but Cinnamon repeatedly crashes every minute, both in LiveUSB mode and after installation and reboot. Cinnamon reports it is rendering in software mode. The 28.1.1 Xfce Spin (which uses lightdm} installs and runs OK, which does suggest something in GNOME is trouble

I opened a terminal, and copied dmesg for your review. The output of lspci-k is also linked.

I have also, as per https://access.redhat.com/documentation/en-us/red_hat_enterprise_linux/6/html/deployment_guide/blacklisting_a_module, created /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf which contains one line

blacklist mgag200

and rebooted, but lspci -k still shows the Matrox in use.

Again, my objective is to install Fedora 28.1.1 Server, and the Workstation installs are just an attempt to gather information for troubleshooting.---

I also edited /etc/default/grub to remove quiet rhgb and replaced that with inst.text then ran grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg and rebooted. When I did, I opened up grub with e and found its next to last line read

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="resume=/dev/mapper/fedora-swap rd.lvm.lv-fedora/root rd.lvm.lv=fedora/swap rhgb quiet"

I changed that to

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="resume=/dev/mapper/fedora-swap rd.lvm.lv-fedora/root rd.lvm.lv=fedora/swap inst.text"

but the problem persisted.