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Preupgrade Fedora 15 to 16 fails on reboot with blank screen

asked 2011-11-15 17:03:12 +0000

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I'm attempting to install Fedora 16 via preupgrade. I had done so from Fedora 14 to 15 previously.

Upon reboot, anaconda is launched and then my screen goes blank and nothing happens. System hangs. Cannot switch to virtual console. Forced to power cycle Asus laptop.

Initially, on reboot garbled images appeared. I found a log which appeared to indicate that the proprietary Nvidia driver was conflicting/monopolizing the display. So, I UNinstalled it via Nvidia's script, which was the way I had installed it. I was not using Fusions rpm.

64 bit install. NVIDIA GeForce GTS 360M video card. Intel I5 cpu. 4 GB's RAM.

I believe this is still a video driver issue. I don't know if it's Nouveau that is dying or what. It wouldn't shock me since I've never been able to get Nouveau to work on NVIDIA hardware.

Is there a way I can force Anaconda to not use Nouveau? Can I make it use the old "nv" driver?

I get no error messages. I can't find a log with an issue it it anymore.

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answered 2011-11-23 03:45:50 +0000

I had the same problem. I was able to resolve it by downloading the install DVD. Then I booted from the DVD. When the first menu comes up choose

Troubleshooting...

In that screen choose Basic Video. After that, the installation/upgrade process started normally.

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answered 2011-11-22 22:15:18 +0000

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The answer to my problem can be found in the following thread... http://bit.ly/ugLABG

Basically, I needed to pass the "nomodeset" parameter to the anaconda installer via grub. That allowed the installation to continue. I needed to do an update using yum via a virtual console as well afterward. In addition, the Nvidia kernel module also had to be installed for the new kernel.

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answered 2011-11-16 05:51:18 +0000

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Did you try reinstalling the proprietory driver? That usually works. Do check if they have a more recent driver before you reinstall the one you already have

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Despite not believing this would solve the issue, I did it. It did not work. I don't believe the issue is with my CURRENT installed kernel. I believe the installer uses a separate kernel that would have separate modules. Thus, the proprietary driver would not be an issue. If I'm correct.

Zug ( 2011-11-18 13:35:09 +0000 )edit

Kernel modules are compiled against specific kernels. If you update the kernel, you will need to recompile the kernel module. If you're using proprietory drivers downloaded and installed manually from the Nvidia website, this means you need to rerun the installer every time you change the kernel

asto ( 2011-11-18 13:56:57 +0000 )edit

That is correct. However, that has absolutely NOTHING to do with my problem. The issue is with the PREUPGRADE. My current install works fine, always has. Fedora does NOT ship with a proprietary Nvidia driver. Thus, the installer does NOT use the proprietary Nvidia driver. Problem is with Nouveau.

Zug ( 2011-11-18 16:41:22 +0000 )edit

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