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Old 02-07-2012, 04:48 PM
Default Problems installing 6.2 on HP 8540w laptop


I've been trying to install Centos 6.2 on an HP Mobile Workstation
8540w. For various reasons, I have restarted the install many
times.I use the 64-bit DVD image. The install chooses the following options

a) Install with Basic Video Driver
b) Skip the media scan
c) Default Country, Language, Basic Storage Devices, change time zone
d) Fresh Installation
e) Configure network, (turn on wired Always Connect).
f) Hit ALT-B to get back to examining storage devices. (I found I
had to do this to get the HostName field filled in with the defaults
from DHCP).
[See below, frequent hangs here, in which case I power down and
start again]
g) If I get beyond the HostName stage, I choose the Virtual Host
method and the install goes to completion successfully.

The machine is connected with an ethernet cable to a LAN that is my
internal NAT'ted system. The wireless button indicates disabled.

I have been getting varied results with (presumably) the same
starting conditions. In each case, I power off the machine, wait a
few seconds, and power it on with the DVD image in place, choose
"Install with basic video driver", and go through the same sequence.

On many attempts, the installation sequence finishes just right, and
the reboot gives me the expected root prompt. The USB mouse does not
work during install, so I have to use the keyboard and touch-pad pointers.

Among the anomalies I get are:

1) The first "Waiting for hardware to initialize..." is as far as it
goes. Usually, it's done in a couple of seconds and goes on to a
second hardware scan. Sometimes it hangs for over a minute before I give up.

2) The install appears to come to the end, the DVD is ejected, and I
hit ENTER to reboot. The reboot starts and the screen goes
dark. Power down and power up to boot from HD succeeds, but there
was a flash of about three lines on the screen before the blue
sliding bar appeared.

3) The install sequence hangs with the screen all blue except for
the bottom line which reads "Running anaconda 13.21.149, the CentOS
installer, Please wait ... Then after about a minute the screen
blinks and goes dark.

4) The install sequence hangs on "Media Detected - Found local
installation media", the CD drive idled down.

5) The install sequence hangs on "Examining Devices, Examining
storage devices, with the blue slider almost at the left
edge. Although this screen appears several times, the instance that
hangs is the one after I've activated the wired network and hit Back.

In most cases, if the system gets to the point of choosing the
Virtual Host option, the installation completes successfully.

So, -- is this an issue with the install procedure? Does it not
treat this hardware correctly? Is there some other startup method
or option I could use?

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