6.1 dvd install fails with only root user

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6.1 dvd install fails with only root user

Postby hoodcanaljim » 2012/02/18 00:32:49

Hi

edit: oops this should have been in the 6 forum

Trying to install 6.1 from dvd but this one goes wrong. Selection is Install/Upgrade after testing media, keyboard settings,
disk usage is selected then root password then disk info is written. But after that,
the installation selects the packages and installs 208 packages. Then it wants a reboot and the only user is root.
Anyone have any idea what is happening?

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/usr/sbin/dmidecode -t processor
# dmidecode 2.11
SMBIOS 2.3 present.

Handle 0x0004, DMI type 4, 35 bytes
Processor Information
   Socket Designation: X1
   Type: Central Processor
   Family: Celeron
   Manufacturer: Intel           
   ID: 29 0F 00 00 FF FB EB BF
   Signature: Type 0, Family 15, Model 2, Stepping 9
   Flags:
      FPU (Floating-point unit on-chip)
      VME (Virtual mode extension)
      DE (Debugging extension)
      PSE (Page size extension)
      TSC (Time stamp counter)
      MSR (Model specific registers)
      PAE (Physical address extension)
      MCE (Machine check exception)
      CX8 (CMPXCHG8 instruction supported)
      APIC (On-chip APIC hardware supported)
      SEP (Fast system call)
      MTRR (Memory type range registers)
      PGE (Page global enable)
      MCA (Machine check architecture)
      CMOV (Conditional move instruction supported)
      PAT (Page attribute table)
      PSE-36 (36-bit page size extension)
      CLFSH (CLFLUSH instruction supported)
      DS (Debug store)
      ACPI (ACPI supported)
      MMX (MMX technology supported)
      FXSR (FXSAVE and FXSTOR instructions supported)
      SSE (Streaming SIMD extensions)
      SSE2 (Streaming SIMD extensions 2)
      SS (Self-snoop)
      HTT (Multi-threading)
      TM (Thermal monitor supported)
      PBE (Pending break enabled)
   Version: Intel(R) Celeron(R) processor                       
   Voltage: 3.3 V 2.9 V
   External Clock: 100 MHz
   Max Speed: 2800 MHz
   Current Speed: 2600 MHz
   Status: Populated, Enabled
   Upgrade: Socket 478
   L1 Cache Handle: 0x0005
   L2 Cache Handle: 0x0006
   L3 Cache Handle: Not Provided
   Serial Number: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
   Asset Tag: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
   Part Number: To Be Filled By O.E.M.

cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor   : 0
vendor_id   : GenuineIntel
cpu family   : 15
model      : 2
model name   : Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 2.60GHz
stepping   : 9
cpu MHz      : 2599.794
cache size   : 128 KB
fdiv_bug   : no
hlt_bug      : no
f00f_bug   : no
coma_bug   : no
fpu      : yes
fpu_exception   : yes
cpuid level   : 2
wp      : yes
flags      : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36
clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe up cid xtpr
bogomips   : 5199.58

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Jim
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Re: 6.1 dvd install fails with only root user

Postby pschaff » 2012/02/18 01:10:59

Moved to an appropriate forum.

If you choose not to install enough packages to run the GUI firstboot then it is implicitly assumed that you are competent to configure users, and a lot of other things, manually. The processor information is not relevant to the question.
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Re: 6.1 dvd install fails with only root user

Postby hoodcanaljim » 2012/02/18 04:31:14

Phil

I included the processor info because I thought they might have dropped support for the older celeron.

I was given no choice after starting the install to select any packages.

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Re: 6.1 dvd install fails with only root user

Postby TrevorH » 2012/02/18 04:56:34

Sounds like you downloaded the 'minimal' DVD and that's exactly what you get, a DVD that does a minimal install.
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Re: 6.1 dvd install fails with only root user

Postby hoodcanaljim » 2012/02/18 05:03:59

Trevor

This disk installed correctly on two other computers before this. Centos_6.1_final is the name of the disk built from the iso.
Under packages there are close to 3000 files. But it only installed 208 by its own choice. I reran the install three times and
always the same.
Now I am reinstalling 5.7

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Re: 6.1 dvd install fails with only root user

Postby pschaff » 2012/02/18 12:03:43

Perhaps too late now, but I should have noted that you should not be using 6.1 as it is obsolete - 6.2 being the current release. Both the DVD and the minimal installation disks will have the same "CentOS_6.X_Final" label, but the number of packages implies the DVD.

Apparently you do not have enough memory to run the GUI installer and it is defaulting to the brain-damaged (thanks to TUV) text installer that gives a minimal install.

If the CPU were unsupported the installer would not run at all.
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Re: 6.1 dvd install fails with only root user

Postby hoodcanaljim » 2012/02/18 15:43:25

Phil

Here's the memory info.
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 cat meminfo
MemTotal:       513172 kB
MemFree:         34100 kB
Buffers:         71572 kB
Cached:         171528 kB
SwapCached:          0 kB
Active:         278372 kB
Inactive:        87216 kB
HighTotal:           0 kB
HighFree:            0 kB
LowTotal:       513172 kB
LowFree:         34100 kB
SwapTotal:     1048568 kB
SwapFree:      1048392 kB
Dirty:               4 kB
Writeback:           0 kB
AnonPages:      122488 kB
Mapped:          42868 kB
Slab:            31992 kB
PageTables:       3856 kB
NFS_Unstable:        0 kB
Bounce:              0 kB
CommitLimit:   1305152 kB
Committed_AS:   457268 kB
VmallocTotal:   507896 kB
VmallocUsed:      6456 kB
VmallocChunk:   500852 kB
HugePages_Total:     0
HugePages_Free:      0
HugePages_Rsvd:      0
Hugepagesize:     4096 kB


5.7 loads just fine
loading 6.1 and updating wont get you the same result as 6.2 disk?

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Re: 6.1 dvd install fails with only root user

Postby pschaff » 2012/02/18 16:31:07

hoodcanaljim wrote:
...
cat meminfo
MemTotal: 513172 kB

CentOS 6.2 Release Notes Section 4:
"The installer needs at least 392MB of memory to work. Text mode will automatically be used if the system has less than 652MB of memory.

The text installer has limited capabilities compared to the GUI installer. Most notably there is no support for configuring partition layout, storage methods or package selection. Please refer to the official documentation for details. Here you can find some useful information on creating and using kickstart files which can be used to perform advanced configuring without the need for the GUI installer."

loading 6.1 and updating wont get you the same result as 6.2 disk?

Yes, but there are installer bugs and kernel bugs that have been fixed, and a lot of bug-fix and security patches included, and why not start with a lot more updates already installed?
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