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Hi everyone!!! I got an old Compaq Presario 2200 Desktop http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/d...name=c00191262 and I can't get linux to boot on it. it freezes checking hlt instructions.....done on the 2.4 kernel and ...
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    Can't Get Any Kernel To boot At all!!


    Hi everyone!!!
    I got an old Compaq Presario 2200 Desktop http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/d...name=c00191262

    and I can't get linux to boot on it. it freezes checking hlt instructions.....done
    on the 2.4 kernel and usually right after that for 2.6 series.

    Please help me. I want to turn this old box into a streaming media server.

    Oh and since the specs don't list it... it has a 180Mhz cyrix MediaGX proc.
    I don't suspect hardware failure because it runs all windows without crashing.
    Thankz again....
    Edude03/Edude05/UrbanStreetz/Michael (IRC ppl would get it)

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    Sounds like a power management problem to me, try passing acpi=off to the system before it boots, or turn off apm in the bios. One of those should help.
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    THx alex
    I've tried both, neither has helped.
    Anymore suggestions?
    Thx,
    Michael

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    hmm, perhaps trying a different distro is all I can think of.
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    what distro are you using?

    what exact kernel?

    are you getting past boot loader screen? I think so from your post but just to be sure.
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    Kernel parameters

    If you have configured well your kernel, you should only setup particoular kernel parameters. See in kernel sources ./Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt; look for some CPU parameters, such as no-hlt (probably is what you want ).

    Changing your distro will not help. All distro uses (+/-) the same kernels.
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