problem: fedora 10 x86_64 install fails on recent model laptop. this model may have hardware that is too new or pathological for fedora. but, the ubuntu forums show some signs that ubuntu may install.
symptoms: freeze (blank screen) during boot (pre-splash screen) or install (post splash screen). see below for tests / partial workarounds i attempted.
question: should i (1) wait for (build my own?) respin of updated fedora 10 (x86_64, or x86?); (2) try fedora 9 x86_64; (3) try another distro; (4) run a linux virtual machine under vista; (5) (i do not want to try recompiling the linux kernel (CONFIG_MTRR=off??), etc.)
Model: Asus M51TA-X2
Processor: AMD Turion X2 ZM-82
Memory: 4 GB (2x2GB) of ram (but see note below)
HDD: 250 GB
video: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650 (card) + (integrated) ATI Radeon HD 3200.
modem: Agere Systems HDA modem
wireless: Artheros AR928x
Original OS: Vista Home Premium SP1 (32 bit)
(a) there may be problems with the radeonhd driver.
but i don't know if that is what fedora is trying to install.
(aa) there may be a fatal issue of any display(?) support for 4GB ram. but all of my install testing was done with 2GB ram (1x2GB).
(b) i attempted to address install blank screen / freeze issues as per
(b1) default install (hit enter at 1st prompt) goes to blank screen before the splash screen.
(b2) full 'debug' text-based install fails at arbitrary times after splash screen.
these are the options i used:
linux noacpi acpi=off noapm nodma initcall_debug mtrr=off
(c) recent(?) kernel bugs that may cause the install problem are given here:
(maybe now fixed in latest 184.108.40.206-134.fc10.x86_64?; the kernel on the fedora 10 install medium is 220.127.116.11-117.fc10.x86_64).
(d) ubuntu 8.10 desktop vmware virtual machine (obtained from fedora online vendor) appears to work fine under original vista. i have not tried fedora version.
(e) an ubuntu (ubuntu-8.10-desktop-amd64.iso) 'live' dvd goes immediately to blank screen.
(e1) an 'install' of ubuntu (ubuntu-8.10-desktop-amd64.iso) with modified boot options appears to proceed to completion (ubuntu prompt at command line, run level 2).
the output of dmesg for this case is attached in case it is useful for debugging.
the ubuntu install boot options used were:
[ 0.000000] Command line: BOOT_IMAGE=/casper/vmlinuz file=/cdrom/preseed/ubuntu.seed boot=casper only-ubiquity initrd=/casper/initrd.gz acpi=off initcall_debug -- xforcevesa
related ubuntu threads (could not find any similar fedora threads?!!) are at:
thanks in advance for any advice.