I had a old Dell optiplex GX280 which was running windows xp very fine . i wanted to try Linux for the first time ever and was installing fedora 16 on it ,this was last sunday.
After 1 week of hassle and 3 times fresh installations and i finally wanted to give up on fedora before i thought if i could get some help from here to fix this thing.
ISSUE 1: Lot of issues since past week but my most and current issue is after booting in the GRUB menu i have 3 kernels listed and one of them is rescue mode . i am able to boot into a command line only in the rescue mode the other two options just hungs me and have to do a hard reset again .
Fedora (3.3.0-4.fc16.i686) -- Not working (says entering main loop and is hung)
Fedora Linux, with Linux 3.1.0-7.fc16.i686 -- Same issue as above not working
Fedora Linux, with Linux 3.1.0-7.fc16.i686 (recovery mode ) -- Through this i am able to login in command mode only
ISSUE 2: once in the command line rescue mode i tried typing startx, ctrl+D to enter graphical mode but of no use (log photo attached) .
ISSUE3:Finally i downloaded Fedora 16 DVD rescue version to see if it could repair the installed version ,validated the cksum's ,made a bootable dvd and tried to boot but this time it comes up with bootmgr is missing error and trying second time gives me No Default or UI configuration found error.
Guys --pls help me , I have been trying to fix this for the last 2 days spending hours of time looking through all the forums and stuff but i wasn't able to get to the root cause.
i dont want to do a fresh install i want to fix it because as i mentioned i have already installed 2 or 3 times this week ,i want to fix it .
if i type runlevel it shows as "N S" and also i cannot change to any runlevel ,if i try to change to runlevel 3 or 5 by giving init 3 , the command prompt says ENTERING MAIN LOOP and takes me to a command line login screen asking me for my username and password and how many types i enter the details it keeps on asking me for the same.
NO ERROR IN Xorg.0.log
NO ERRORS IN boot.log
current situation is logged into rescue mode via command line ,Pls help me bring back the GNOME gui and fix my problem permanently , i dont know want info to provide but iam currently giving the hardware details and startx command line info . Xorg file do not have any errors i check it couple of times.
This is the only way i could get the logs for you ...