F15 boot problems

James Laska jlaska at redhat.com
Tue May 3 19:16:26 UTC 2011

On Tue, 2011-05-03 at 21:03 +0200, Robert M. Albrecht wrote:
> Hi,
> Fedora 14 is running on the machine.
> I tried both F15 Beta and F15 Test Compose on this machine.
> The system is booting from cdrom, but does not even get to grub. 
> Directly after booting there is only a blinking cursor on an empty text 
> mode screen.

I have a system where I need to wait what seems like an eternity before
I see progress after the blinking cursor.  If I wait long enough ... the
boot proceeds without error.  This assumes we are talking about the same
screen.  Is this observed while booting into the installer, or by
booting the installed system?

> Creating an usb stick (unetbootin on Mac OSX) does produce a booting system.
> How to troubleshoot a bootloader problem ?

If this happens booting an installed system, be sure to remove 'rhgb
quite' from the boot options in /etc/grub.conf.  If this is booting the
installer, perhaps try waiting longer.  Alternatively, there may be some
kernel command-line options you can try to further isolate/identify the

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