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Will any fedora rescue disk work on any fedora ?

asked 2014-02-13 14:19:27 -0500

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While upgrading to fedora 19 via fedora 18 I had a catastrophic failure on the mobo and had to go back to an older mobo. One that I have used with fedora 17, which is the OS that I need to back to because of the mobo. So, my question is can I use a fedora 19 rescue to rescue fedora 17? My fedora 17 does not have a rescue a fedora system on it and the fedora 19 does.

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answered 2014-02-13 17:04:10 -0500

You're aware that you can probably just install the Fedora 19 drive in the other system, right? Fedora installations are not tied to the mainboard the way Windows installations are. The only exception i'm aware of is host-only initramfs, where you'd have to boot the "rescue" option and regenerate initramfsen for things to work.

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I've done that many times, pulled a hard disk out of a Fedora system, dropped it onto a new mainboard and the just let Anaconda sort out the new hardware. It's always worked a treat.

If your install has broken your system when the previous mainboard died, then recovery may help you complete it. All you need to remember is that you want to avoid mixed architectures, especially rescuing a 64 bit system with a 32 bit rescue disk because there are 64 bit libraries involved, after that, just getting your system up and running with any recovery disk will help.

cobra gravatar imagecobra ( 2014-02-14 04:46:08 -0500 )edit

Thanks for your help. The mobo I had to resort to is old and falls quite a bit short of the minimum requirements for fedora 19, its all I can afford. So I am trying to get back to fedora 17, I know that will work. Also, I am fairly new to Linux and I want to get away from Microsoft.

jim3297 gravatar imagejim3297 ( 2014-02-14 07:43:23 -0500 )edit

The 'minimum requirements' are listed as:

1GHz or faster processor

1GB System Memory

10GB unallocated drive space

Are you sure you don't meet that? I'm pretty sure 1GHz processors have been around for nearly 15 years. Using Fedora 17 doesn't really get you much in terms of compatibility, other than an unsupported and unimproved operating system.

cobra gravatar imagecobra ( 2014-02-14 08:08:34 -0500 )edit

I am sure. I had to resort to a Pentium III, 733MHz, with 512Mb of RAM. When I first started, I installed fedora 17 and was using this mobo. I do have another mobo that meets the minimum requirements, but no Ethernet.

jim3297 gravatar imagejim3297 ( 2014-02-14 10:28:42 -0500 )edit

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