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Fedora 16 won't install

asked 2012-04-12 15:21:43 -0500

Klesus gravatar image

updated 2012-06-10 03:19:03 -0500

Right when the installation process gets to the partitioning phase, I get an error and a huge error report. It mentions something about python in the first couple of lines. I would report a bug, but it won't let me without a bugzilla account it seems. I have tried with both Fedora Live CD and DVD installation disc. There seems to be some sort of text based install on the DVD disc, but whenever I choose to install that way, it just runs the normal GUI install. I'm currently on Linux Mint 12. From experience, I have almost always had installation problems when trying to change distros, but never when installing to a fresh drive. Is this is a common problem or am I just unlycky?

Hasn't any other reported this problem regarding installation? And is it possible to upgrade to fedora 16 from within fedora 15 (or lower) if I choose to try that path?

Thanks in advance Klesus

Edit: Found a section on the fedora documentation in the installation troubleshooting section, which describes the case that I'm in. It does not however provide a solution. The page is here. The save option does only give me two options though, report through bugzilla and scp IIRC. Is there anything I can do to proceed from here?

Edit2: So, now I've tried the text installation option as well, and I get the same error message, at least for the first 15-20 lines or so (the error concerning python). I've even tried with fedora 15, both live CD (wasn't even able to get installation program going) and installation DVD, same thing. And just to try it out, I tried to re-install Linux Mint 12. This failed also, but the error message I got was that it could not read the disk drive. Proper procedure I think would be to check the disk for errors with some diagnostics tool. But I'm not sure of any that checks everything, including MBR. Can fsck do this? I get that fsck is dangerous to run while the disk is mounted, so how do I run it on startup? Do the live CD come with sufficient disk diagnostics tools? And if so, what tools are they?

Update Sorry for not posting this sooner, but I think I have a solution to the wont-write-to-disk problem, sort of. I went to an electronics retailer with the disk and asked them for support, and when they looked at it, they said that it was overwrite-protected. I have no idea how the disk got overwrite-protected, nor that it even had such a feature (which must have been limited to whatever sectors required for a system overwrite because I was able to write to it within linux). He asked me if I wanted the overwrite-protection removed and I said yes, and any technicalities of what was wrong I never got to find out. Prior to restoring writing permissions, I tried to find a ... (more)

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answered 2012-04-13 01:04:53 -0500

ztank1013 gravatar image

updated 2012-04-14 14:16:31 -0500

For text mode installation you will have to boot from the DVD iso and select first the Troubleshooting option, then tab on Install Fedora in basic graphics mode, finally add the text keyword to the proposed line and hit Enter.

For more details read also this.


After the basic installation is completed you may easily add a desktop environment using yum. But you might need to start the network first.

sudo chkconfig network on

sudo service network start

Finally run

sudo yum groupinstall "GNOME Desktop Environment" -y


sudo yum groupinstall "X Window System" -y

it will take a while, it is more than 300GB download plus installation. When the installation is over run the following command to start the GUI:

sudo startx
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answered 2012-04-12 18:41:06 -0500

sudoyang gravatar image

What does the error say?

My guess is that it's unable to find a drive it can install on. I see this when there's no driver for the storage controller.

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