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Fedora 29 LiveCD works great but Hard Drive install won't boot

asked 2018-11-05 17:33:39 -0600

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I downloaded and ran the LiveCD version of Fedora 29 on an older (IBM T42p ThinkPad) laptop. The LiveCD version works with no problems. When I try to boot from the hard drive, I get a blank screen with a single dot on the first line and a blinking cursor on the second line. When I look at the hard drive (by running the LiveCD system and mounting the drive), it looks like a full Linux install, but I can find no log files (I assume the system never got far enough into the boot process to create a log).

Any thoughts on how to diagnose this? My system is non-UEFI BIOS, so I have some thought this may be a part of the problem although I have no direct indications of this. I believe the dot/blinking cursor is an indicator that GRUB2 never gets loaded and started successfully?

Thanks for any help.

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answered 2018-11-07 03:26:49 -0600

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You did check your cd, didn't you? What happens when using a normal installation disk?

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Thank you, both are excellent suggestions. I did indeed check the CD. I tried to diagnose the problem with the initial LiveCD install (and learned a lot about the boot process), but could not resolve it. I then followed your suggestion and installed from a network cd (32 bit). Sadly, I got the exact same results. Everything on the install went smoothly including messages reporting successful of the boot loader. But on booting the system following the install I still get the same error: there is a single dot (period) on the first line of a black screen followed by a blinking cursor.

brg3 gravatar imagebrg3 ( 2018-11-12 10:58:45 -0600 )edit

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