Installing on old systems with only PATA/IDE hard drives

John Reiser jreiser at
Mon May 13 04:50:45 UTC 2013

> Any tips
> on what I can do to make a proper report out of this would be most
> appreciated, or just let me know if installs to PATA/EIDE systems are
> just no longer supported.

I've got a i686 box with only PATA, and two root partitions of F19-Alpha-i386;
one via netinst+network, one via netinst+USB.  (The box cannot boot via USB.)
Both roots have been "yum update" daily with updates-testing.

The anaconda installer keeps its log files in /tmp, and you should attach
those files to a bug report.  'scp' them to another system (the network
will be up if the installer gets that far).  Or, copy to a USB stick
then move that USB stick to another system.  Then file the bug report.

Change to console VT2 by typing <Ctrl><Alt><F2> where <F2> is Function key F2.
    dmesg (or tail /tmp/syslog) to determine which /dev/sdX is the USB stick
    mkdir /stick
    mount /dev/sdX1 /stick
    cd /stick
    mkdir MMDDa  # such as '0513a'; probably you're going to be doing this more than once
    cd 0513a
    cp /tmp/* .  # ignore the directories; you want the top-level files
    cd /tmp
    umount /stick
Change back to installer graphics with <Ctrl><Alt><F7>.


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