Why does this trick work?
I had problems installing Fedora 4 (i386), but did a search here and found a answer/trick that worked. My installation problem started with booting from the installation DVD, before Anaconda got to take center stage on my monitor. One of the error lines was....
<0> Kernel panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init!
In my searches I found that the line directly after this message was the important. In my case it was.....
The solution/trick that I found solved the problem, and allowed the installation procedure to start was typing "mediacheck" (without "linux" preceding it), get the error, then typing "linux mediacheck". Shore enuf, Anaconda took the stage after that. Would it be possible to explain why this actually works, to a PC/Windows geek new to the world of the cute little penguin? If you question my ability to comprehend the explanation, just shoot me a few keywords that would explain it. Armed with Google, I can at least get a basic understanding of what's happening.
I'm about to hit submit to this post and do some searching on why the Fedora installation didn't get too far, because it can't partition my HD. For some reason, it's unable to create a primary partition. I remember seeing several posts in my previous searches about partitioning errors, so I think I'll find my answer first. But hey, making full use of this soapbox, figured it wouldn't hurt to kill two forks with one spoon.
Any help, guidance, suggestions, or just simple hello's are much appreciated. Take it easy. Laters.................10
Sony VAIO VGC-RA826G
250 GB HD / 2 GB RAM / 3.4 P4 HTT
Win XP MCE 05 / Fedora Core 4 (hopefully soon)
sweet, thanks for the voting
coolio, tons of input on my poll, right on.....greatly appreciate it. first, i did want to say that i know bsd isn't linux, maybe i worded myself wrong, but i am aware of the difference.
the only reason i assumed myself uncapable of a slackware installation, is because i read somewhere that it was meant to be hard, and compared to the difficulty of the game riven (which in my opinion was a hard game, definitely fun, not impossible though). anyweezer, maybe there's some specific distro designed by a sadistic person that i was reading about. i do have some spare cd's so i think i'll round me up some slack and bsd installations.
i see that fedora got no votes, tied with mandriva.....that's poor company to keep. i'm not at all surprised by the newly named mandrake, but i read several places that fedora's big plus was it's security. maybe that was just as a workstation, not a server.....hmm, have to check into that one. at any rate, i'm ditching my fedora discs, i hope i made those multisession capable.....doubt it though.
still on da hunt for an answer to why that trick works though. even though i'm giving my fedora discs a warm, bubbly format. i like my reputation of being a vat of useless information, so the answer is still a goal of mine.
thanks again yall, know how to make a newb feel welcome. take it easy.