Need help with random kernel panics
This is a rather long story.
I was installing Xubuntu 9.10 with a LiveCD. In the middle of the installation a kernel panic occured (crash and blinking capslock+scroll lock). I shut down the computer and restarted.
BIOS crashed. I shut it down, waited for 20 minutes, and booted up. No crash this time.
BIOS settings were reseted to defaults (how is that possible?). Since then, the PC has printed something like this at every bootup (can't remember exactly):
If I press Ctrl+F, it shows a menu like this (I can't remember much of it):
FastTrack (tm) 1995-2001 Copyright .....
Scanning for IDE devices........ (computer waits for 15 seconds)
No array is found!
Press Ctrl+F to enter setup, Esc to continue booting
(continues booting after 10 second timeout)
No matter which option I choose, it just reboots without giving me any feedback/menus and scans for IDE devices over again.
Choose an option:
- 1: auto setup
- 2: ????
- 3: Read array
- 4: ????
- 5: Configure setup array something
If I let it continue booting, GRUB showed up and crashed with error 15. (xubuntu livecd crashed while installing so it didn't work, obviously)
I rebooted, inserted Xubuntu 9.10 LiveCD and selected "Try xubuntu without any change to your computer". Got kernel panic right after X server started and cursor showed up.
I rebooted, and tried the LiveCD a couple times. Kernel panic every time.
I burned Xubuntu 9.04 LiveCD with my fully working laptop, and rebooted the broken pc with the liveCD.
This time there was no kernel panic. I managed to install a working Xubuntu 9.04 system to hard disk.
I rebooted, it scanned for IDE devices, grub showed up, and the system booted up.
Great! I chose to install the updates. In the middle of downloading packages stage a kernel panic occured, so I rebooted.
The system booted up normally. I chose to install the updates again. This time, a kernel panic came when installing the updates.
Now, it gets past BIOS and GRUB but drops me to "initramfs" command line and reports lots of errors. (probably because it crashed before updates were completely installed)
So.... Why does BIOS act weird? How to fix these kernel panics? I want to reinstall Xubuntu but I don't do it yet because I'm scared of kernel panics.
The 7 years old hardware:
It's not overheating because in BIOS it shows 35 degrees hot. (the pc has ran 80 degrees hot and worked fine with win98) (stupid smilies)
Processor: AMD Athlon XP 2000+
Hard disk: 82.3Gb
GPU: Nvidia GeForce Ti 4200
Mobo: KT3 Ultra