Installation attempt doesn't resemble documented procedure ... HELP PLEASE.

Janina Sajka janina at
Tue May 18 01:53:48 UTC 2004

Dear John:

Two points in response:

1.)	The HOWTO you are using is now out of date. Please get and use the current version when you install a current ISO image. Things change, and so do our HOWTO documents.

How do I know yours is out of date? Because there's no mentionof lilo in the current version.

2.)	You really should take Bill Acker up on his offer of tech support by telephone--just like the HOWTO says. Let's get you working.

John Mattioli writes:
> Greetings,
> 	Recently I found the document entitled "HOW to Install the
> Speakup Modified Red Hat Distribution" and followed the steps outlined
> in it as closely as I could.  In the end, I wound up with a system that
> isn't talking and seems to be hanging when it attempts to enable the
> swap partition.
> 	A few comments:
> 1. During installation the system spoke fine using my DECTalk express.
> 2. I downloaded the fedora images pointed to by this document.  That is,
> they didn't come from the standard RedHat distribution site.
> 3. I have two hard drives in the system and chose to leave hdb alone
> while having everything installed on had.  Had is plenty big enough.
> 4. I elected to let the installation do it's own partitioning.  This may
> not be optimal, but it is simplest.  I figured I'd be doing this again
> later on, so why worry about the particulars during my first attempt.
> 5. Although the document says I'll get a choice of lilo or grub and
> should choose lilo for better accessibility, I in fact got a choice of
> grub or no boot loader.  I chose grub but I'm not sure what bad
> implications this has.
> 6. After installation, when I reboot, nothing is talking.  I used my
> optacon to verify that the message about enabling the swap partition is
> the last thing on the screen.  Also I attempted to switch consoles but I
> only get a blinking cursor on other consoles.  This doesn't really
> surprise me as it seems that the system isn't finishing the boot
> procedure.
> 	Any suggestions on how I might debug this situation would be
> very much appreciated!
> Thanks,
> John
> John R. Mattioli, Jr.
> Senior Software Engineer
> Kurzweil Educational Systems, Inc.
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