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Re: F12 Upgrade Stumped





TNWestTex wrote:
> 
> Getting more and more unhappy since F8.  Multiboot system with VISTA, F8
> and F10 with only minor Glitches in F10.  Tried to do preupgrade on the
> F10 partition.Things seemed to go alright until the reboot.  System locks
> up with a blank screen.  The performance of the driver for the
> 	"Intel Corporation"
> 	"82945G/GZ Integrated Graphics Controller"
> has been poor since F8.  The "i810" driver that gives good performance in
> F8 doesn't work for F10.  The "Intel" driver gives an offset screen.  It
> only woks without an xorg.conf.  The result of system-config-display is a
> lockup.  I filed a bug report long ago that I was notified was going away
> with F10 unless I could show that it was still in the newer system.
> 
> The stanza in grub was as follows:
> 
> title Upgrade to Fedora 12 (Constantine)
> 	kernel /boot/upgrade/vmlinuz preupgrade
> repo=hd::/var/cache/yum/preupgrade
> stage2=hd:UUID=e990768e-e724-4250-bfc1-a25e0320e099:/boot/upgrade/install.img
> ks=hd:UUID=e990768e-e724-4250-bfc1-a25e0320e099:/boot/upgrade/ks.cfg 
> 	initrd /boot/upgrade/initrd.img
> 
> The UUID agrees with what was in the F10 stanza.  I saw in the forum the
> advice to add 
> 
> xdriver=vesa nomodeset
> 
> to the kernel line.  That change enabled the session to get a little
> farther, but it then fails with a message  box that it can't find the root
> of the system to upgrade.
> 
> Disk /dev/sda: 250.0 GB, 250059350016 bytes
> 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
> Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
> Disk identifier: 0xf4fd4adf
> 
>    Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
> /dev/sda1              19        6949    55673257+   7  HPFS/NTFS
> /dev/sda2               1          18      144553+  83  Linux
> /dev/sda3            6950       30401   188378190    5  Extended
> /dev/sda5            6950       13328    51239286    7  HPFS/NTFS
> /dev/sda6           13329       13670     2747083+  82  Linux swap /
> Solaris
> /dev/sda7   *       13671       22102    67730008+  83  Linux
> /dev/sda8           22103       30401    66661686   83  Linux
> 
> Tried adding a root declaration to the kernel line but neither
> root=/dev/sda7 nor
> 
> root=UUID=e990768e-e724-4250-bfc1-a25e0320e099
> 
> made any difference.
> 
> Tried the installation DVD but the text mode install won't recognize my
> disk structure.  The graphical install locks up.  Is there a way to add
> the "xdriver=vesa nomodeset" to the graphical startup?  The netinstall CD
> and a liveCD all have the graphics problem.  I have the INTEL compiler
> suite and MATHEMATICA on the system that don't stay nicely in /home. 
> Letting the text mode install convert my partition to LVM would not be
> nice!!! 
> 
> Robert McBroom
> 
There is progress of a sort.  Put the F12 live on a USB drive. I found that
I could get an alternate console when the GUI hung.  from there I could
mount the F8 partition and pull the xorg.conf file for a template.  With
some experimentation I was able to use the "vesa" driver and start GNOME 
Saved /opt, /home and /usr/local to backup.  Hopefully that is enough to
preserve the commercial software because the install from F12 Live wiped the
existing filesystem even though I did not check format.  The boot loader was
supposed to go to /dev/sda7 but instead of going throuh my boot chain the
F12 session usurped command.  It did pick up the VISTA.

Robert McBroom

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