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    Fedora C3 <0>Kernel Panic Install Hell


    I am fairly new to linux, and was directed here by a friend as apparently this is teh place for teh linux people. I have an old AMD k62 400 with 160mbRAM which I have decided to turn into a linux web/ftp/file server. After making sure the computer was working well, I booted the first FC3 cd. I got boot window, and chose |enter| for graphical install option. I then runs through a short routine and refreshes the page, more routines.... then crashes (about 5 secs into install.....to fast to read what is happening) It always ends with : <0>Kernel Panic - not syncing: Attempting to killinit!

    I have tried everything from changing drives and cables, reburning media, BIOS defaults, BIOS tweaks etc. Not being familiar with Linux, I dont know what else to do, but I am as keen as to get this sorted out, if anyone is willing to help me? If you need more info just ask for it. Cheers

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    Re: Fedora C3 <0>Kernel Panic Install Hell

    Quote Originally Posted by psinet
    I have an old AMD k62 400 with 160mbRAM which I have decided to turn into a linux web/ftp/file server.
    I've had Fedora not want to do a "GUI" installation on old boxes with less than 256 RAM. Try doing the install in text mode and see if it lets you continue.
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    No joy. Maybe a slightly longer routine, but same error in the end (I think). I checked out the disk in this comp and it worked fine.
    It seems to be occuring around the time it checks out the drives and ata stuff...is there a way to slow the install executions down so I can tell what it is crashing on? It doesn't crash to restart, it just sits there.

    bah - I am tempted to put a Microsoft disk in it....... help me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by psinet
    bah - I am tempted to put a Microsoft disk in it....... help me?
    NO!!!! don't do that, unless you're gonna use it to run Partition Magic!

    It could be your cd is botched. Did you do a md5sum check to make sure it was all there? Did you do the check when the first CD boots to make sure your media is not corrupted? At what speed did you burn the iso at? Sometimes a fast burn can cause problems with the info getting burned to the CD correctly.

    I have had situations where one distro just didn't like a prticular box, and another did. Don't give up now. Just be patient and see this thing through. In the end you will be very glad you did! Anything worth while is worth a little patience. That is more true with Linux than many other things.
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    Its not the media, been through that. Checksums fine. I am hoping to learn some skills regarding troubleshooting an install I guess..how can I work out what is causing it? How can I even read what the screen said when something did go wrong...(most of it flies off screen of course)

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    If your FC3 CDs are not corrupted, and still just won't install for you, you may want to try and older distro. I have one older box running RH 6.2 and it runs great!

    You may want to try either Mandrake 9.0 or RedHat 8. As far as the GUI is concerned, there is not much difference between RH 8 and the Fedoras!

    Another possibility would be to try one of the really small distros like Puppy or Damn Small Linux.
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    Quote Originally Posted by psinet
    How can I even read what the screen said when something did go wrong...(most of it flies off screen of course)
    Can you post any of it here and let us have a look at it? You should be able to read at least the end part of it.
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    Can you post any more than just what you gave in your first post?
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    I will use *string* to represent an alphanumerical string I cant be buggered typing.
    From the top:

    esi:*string* edi: *string* ebp: *string* esp: *string*
    ds: *string* es: *string* ss: *string*
    Process Swapper (pid: 1, threadinfo=*string* task=*string*
    Stack: *string* *string* string* *string* *string* string* *string*
    *string* *string* string* *string* *string* string* *string*
    *string* *string* string* *string* *string* string* *string*
    Call Trace:
    [<*string*>] destroy_inode+*string*
    [<*string*>] input+*string*
    [<*string*>] blkdev_put+*string*
    [<*string*>] add_disk+*string*
    [<*string*>] exact_match+*string*exact_lock+*string*
    [<*string*>] idedisk_attach+*string*
    [<*string*>] ata_attach+*string*
    [<*string*>] ide_register_driver+*string*
    [<*string*>] do_initcalls+*string*
    [<*string*>] init+*string*
    [<*string*>] init+*string*
    [<*string*>] kernel_thread_helper+*string*
    Code: *string* *string* string* *string* *string* string* *string*
    *string* *string* string* *string* *string* string* *string*
    *string* *string* string* *string* *string* string* *string*
    <0>Kernel panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init!

    //and thats all I can see.

    Also, what do you think about Debian 3?

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    Have a look at this.

    Failing a fix and install of FC 3, my first choice would be to try an intall Red Hat 8.0. As far as new distros go, and if you are considering Debian, I really like ProMepis Beta 3. The good thing about ProMepis is that it is a live CD - a complete Linux operating system that runs off of the CD. This way, you can see if it's gonna get along with your hardware, before engaging in it's very easy install.

    RH 8 would likely get along better with your hardware though...
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