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FC2 Dell OptiFlex GX260 installation blues

I have a rather-standard-configured Dell OptiFlex GX260 on which I've been happily using Fedora Core 1 for many months.  I recently attempted to upgrade to Fedora Core 2, but cannot run the installer.

When the kernel boots, The system gets as far as

running install...
running /sbin/loader

and then

Oops: 0000 [#1]
CPU:    0
EIP:    0060:[<c011c77c>]    Not tainted
EFLAGS: 00010202 (2.6.5-1.358)
EIP is at __request_resource+0x24/0x41

More stack trace follows, excerpted below:

Call Trace:
 [<c011ca18>] __request_region+0x56/0x79
 [<c021c216>] usb_hcd_pci_probe+0xc6/0x3bd
 [<c016e078>] create_dir+0x76/0x8d
 [<c0199196>] pci_device_probe_static+0x2a/0x3d
   // seveal lines skipped
 [<c0287147>] syscallo_call+0x7/0xb
 [<c028007b>] copy_to_user_tmpl+0xe0/0x10f

Code: 39 70 04 76 0c 89 43 14 31 c0 89 1a 89 4b 10 eb 08 8d 50 14
 <6>USB Universal Host Controller Interface driver v2.2

The problem appears to have something to do with the USB controller.

Note that if, in the BIOS (Rev A08 - I upgraded to the most recent firmware) I disable the USB controller completely, the installation gets farther (I can get to the text-mode media check) but then a few lines of text show up in garbage characters and installation again halts.

I tried "linux text", "linux noprobe" to no avail.

The media is fine - the media passes a check on a different computer, which also gets further in the installation.

Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks,


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