FC3 installation won't boot
I'm not sure if this is an installation, configuration, or hardware issue, so I'll start here...
I installed Fedora Core 3.0 on an old Compaq Deskpro - PII 266 256M. I thought I might have some issues when the graphical FC installer wouldn't work (also a Red hat 7.3 graphical AND text installer kept crashing). Finally, the text FC3 worked, despite a few interruptions complaining about not being able to read the CD, which were fixed by retrying.
Now, when it boots, all looks good (no 'FAILS') until it complains about the BIOS date fails cutoff and ACPI will be forced - don't know if this is a show-stopper or not. Then it displays 'Configuring Kernal Parameters' where it hangs for a while ( I ran out of patience after 20 minutes). Pressing Ctrl-c kickstarts it - it changes to run-level 5 and complains about RO files systems and can't open this or that until I've had enough and reboot it.
I know the details are sketchy, but I don't even know where to look for a low-level "safe-mode" or interactive boot to see what fails where. I can't boot far enough into Linux to use its diagnostic abilites. So now what?
Resolution (for those who care...)
It was a combination of a bad CD-ROM drive which wouldn't let me boot from and install from the 7.3 cd's, and some screwed-up driver in FC3. Right now 7.3 is running happily - I'll try an upgrade to FC3 and see if it loads and boots this time.