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How to boot Fedora 16 into rescue mode

December 30, 2011

Returning home from the Christmas days, I installed all the Fedora 16 updates that were pending. This morning I noticed that the system freezes on reboot when it was supposed to start the graphical environment. Since I was running the AMD fglrx 11.12 proprietary driver for testing, I suspected it to be responsible.

Now, the question arose: How do you boot into rescue mode? There is no menu entry in the boot manager. I used my second system (laptop) to research.

There are basically two ways to boot Fedora 16 into rescue mode:

  1. The boot manager still works. When the default entry is highlighted, type ‘e‘ to enter edit mode and find the line that starts with ‘linux’. Add the keyword ‘single’ to that line and boot by pressing F10 (or Ctrl-X).
  2. The boot manager does no longer show up. You will have to use the Fedora installation medium of your choice to boot the system and use its rescue mode.


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