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Fedora 18 installation, screen freezes before boot completion

asked 2013-03-28 06:20:54 -0500

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updated 2014-09-12 19:53:16 -0500

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Hi, I'm trying to install Fedora 18 64-bit on my Dell laptop. After selecting Install Fedora from initial Boot screen, there are a series of messages and finally it stops at this message.

Starting Firewalld

Starting Terminate Plymouth Boot Screen

Starting Wait for Plymouth Boot screen to quit

Starting System Logging Services.

[Ok] Started System Logging Services.

Then, the screen freezes and system shutdowns automatically after say 1 minute. The dvd image checksum is fine and there are no problems installing from the same medium on my friend's laptop.

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answered 2013-03-28 09:23:03 -0500

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updated 2013-03-28 15:10:33 -0500

How old is the laptop? Newer versions of Fedora sometimes have problems running on older hardware. You may be able to install F17 successfully, even though F18 fails.

Edit: the failed boots should still have updated the logs on the hard drive. Check the logs with these steps:

Boot from the installation CD in "LiveCD" or "trial" mode.

You'll need the device name of the hard drive partition. A gui tool that shows partition information is gparted, or some command line tools are blkid and fdisk -l. Let's say it's /dev/sda1.

In a console, create a folder for mounting:

mkdir /mnt/boot

Then mount the boot partition:

sudo mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/boot

Change to the log folder:

cd /mnt/boot/var/log

Display the logs in date order:

ls -ltr

Now check any recently-modified log, such as messages:

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It's one and a half year old lappy.

Rudra gravatar imageRudra ( 2013-03-28 12:43:20 -0500 )edit

answered 2013-03-28 11:39:00 -0500

Sounds like an X issue to me. Try editing the kernel parameters at boot from the cd and try nomodeset at the end of the linux line.

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Didn't work. The installation freezes at the same point.

Rudra gravatar imageRudra ( 2013-03-28 12:42:49 -0500 )edit

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