Locking Up on Boot

Locking Up on Boot

Post by Hamz » Sun, 31 Dec 1899 09:00:00

Hello all.  I went all out and picked up a pair of install CD's for Red
Hat Linux at Wal-Mart for $10.  The version is 5.2.  Anyhow, I followed
the directions, made a boot disk, and started the installation process.
It went fairly smoothly, partitioning the hard disk with DiskDruid and
running the rest of the installation.  I installed all the "packages"
that had nothing to do with servers.

The machine starts to boot, but halfway through it, locks up.  Here is
what is on the screen when the thing freezes:

Turning on user and group quotas for root filesystem
Remounting root filesystem in read-write mode.
Finding module dependencies... done
Starting kerneld, version 2.1.85 (pid 36)
Checking filesystems
Parallelizing fsck version 1.12 (9-Jul-98)
Checking all file systems.
Mounting local filesystems.
Turning on user and group quotas for local filesystems
Setting clock: Sun Jan 2 21:17:32 CST 2000
Enabling swqp space.
Initializing random number generator...
INIT: Entering runlevel: 3
Disabling IPv4 packet forwarding.
sysctl: ip forwarding off
Swansea University Computer Society IPX 0.34 for NET3.035
IPX Portions Copyright (c) 1995 Caldera, Inc.
Appletalk 0.17 for Linux NET3.035
Starting portmapper: portmap
Mounting remote filesystems,
Starting system loggers: syslogd klogd
Starting at daemon: atd
Starting cron daemon: crond
Starting PCMCIA services: modules_

It's at that point in the boot that the machine freezes, and will go no
further.  I'm trying to install this on a Compaq Presario 1688 with 192
megabytes of RAM and a 4.6 gigabyte hard disk drive.  During the setup
preinstallation it asked me if I was going to need to use PCMCIA
devices during the setup (it suggested answering No if I was using a
local CDROM drive for the install) and so I answered no.

As a total Linux novice, all this is greek to me, even extensive MSDOS
experience really can't help me figure out what is going on here.  How
can I fix this, does anyone know?