[NBLUG/talk] Update on Linux education, part 2
rhouse at sonic.net
Sun May 21 16:23:04 PDT 2006
Well, I have been making progress, slowly but surely. I spent a fair
amount of time finding out about the BIOS, motherboard, etc., etc., on my
old computer, and finally bought a 256MB DIMM from HSC in Rohnert Park.
I plugged it in, and, presto, I had double the memory I started with.
There are three memory slots, two with 128MB DIMMs which came with the
system when I bought it, and one with the new 256MB DIMM I just added. If
I replace the two 128MB boards with two 256MB boards I can get the RAM up
to the max possible, namely 768MB. However, for now I am will see how the
I next went to Red Hat's website and downloaded 6 CD images for Fedora
Core 5 and burned the images onto 6 CD's. I was about to begin installing
when it suddenly occurred to me that I had never retreived all files of
interest from the old machine when I semi-retired it a couple of years
ago. (One could argue that if I hadn't missed the files for two years,
maybe they could just as well disappear ...) So I spent several hours
pulling files off the old machine.
Now, I am ready to install FC-5. I start reading the Installation Guide
at http://fedora.redhat.com/docs/fedora-install-guide-en/fc5/ and eventually
reach the section "Booting from CD, DVD, or USB Media" at
I put the first disk in the CD drive and start the computer. The usual
stuff scolls across the screen culminating in
BOOT FROM ATAPI CD-ROM
ISOLINUX 3.10 2005-08-24
There is a rather long pause, and then "ioslinux:" appears, so the last
line on the screen now reads
ISOLINUX 3.10 2005-08-24 isolinux:
Now problems arise: As soon as I press a key on the keyboard, the machine
reboots from scratch, as if I had powered down and then powered back
always returns to the line above, at which point pressing a key starts
the reboot over again.
I should mention that the screen does not look anything like what the
Installation Guide shows (see the URL above), nor does a "boot:" prompt
Any ideas about what to do?
Thanks in advance,
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