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Old 11-15-2002, 01:56 PM   #1
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Init Hangs while booting...


I posted about this problem, earlier, and didn't get much help, so I thought I'd try again...

I'm trying to get Red Hat 8.0 running as a dual boot with WIN XP...and no matter how I configure it, Red Hat will not boot. I hangs after it gets the message that says "Init version 2.84 booting."

I has been suggested that my Athlon processor could be to blame...I've tried passing many different combinations of noathlon, and nopentium commands, and none of these seem to have had any effect.

I'm an extreme newbie, and would just like to get this working, so that I can start learning linux.
 
Old 11-16-2002, 06:20 AM   #2
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post the exact boot command (with arguments) that you are running.

You could also post the hardware information about your system which may help.
 
Old 11-16-2002, 02:48 PM   #3
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I'm using Grub as my boot loader.

root (hd0,1)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.18-14 ro root=Label=/ hdd=ide-scsi
initrd /boot/initrd-2.4.18-14.img

I'm running an AMD athlon processor with 320 megs of ram
beyond that, I'm using very standard hardware (i.e. nothing that Gateway wouldn't send)
 
Old 11-17-2002, 02:08 AM   #4
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I see a couple of posts out there regarding booting AMD based systems. It looks like you need to add "noathlon" to the end of the kernel line
Code:
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.18-14 ro root=Label=/ hdd=ide-scsi noathlon
There is also a different post about putting in a mem=nopentium option as well.

Last edited by jdc2048; 11-17-2002 at 02:12 AM.
 
Old 11-17-2002, 02:51 AM   #5
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I've tried that. I've added noathlon, nopentium, mem=nopentium, mem=noathlon, I've tried adding them to either or both the kernel and the initrd lines. I guessing that there is something else that I'm missing, but I can't figure out what.

There was someone who posted the same problem about two months ago, but he never got a response to his post.

I also tried a different distro (Mandrake), and I had the exact same problem there.
 
Old 11-27-2002, 11:23 AM   #6
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I am also having the same problem with the "INIT: version 2.84 booting". I am running an Athlon as well (750 mhz), and I have tried everything suggested in the above replies (noathlon, nopentium, mem=noathlon/nopentium). My grub looks exactly like gaccookie's except the dirs arent located in /boot/. I've tried searching on google for other people with the same problem, which I have found, but no one has posted any solutions. Any help anyone could provide would be greatly appreciated by me (and prob. gaccookie as well).
 
Old 11-27-2002, 02:51 PM   #7
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I gave up and installed Red Hat 7.3 instead....it worked fine right out of the ISO....

Just as a note....I had tried installing the current version of Mandrake, and had the exact same problem...the only difference was the version number.
 
Old 11-28-2002, 11:17 AM   #8
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I am having the exact same problem as you. the AMD Athlon 750 MHz. Same problems with mandrake 9.0 and redhat 8.0. redhat.com says that my athlon should be compatible. this is so ghey
 
Old 12-26-2002, 04:33 PM   #9
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Exclamation RE:Init Hangs while booting...

I too have had this problem, w/o any suggestion for a solution. RH8 and Mandrake 9 both hang at the same place. I installed SuSE 6.4 and it booted right up. Do anyone find or have a possible solution???
Thanks-
 
Old 12-26-2002, 05:03 PM   #10
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I had this problem a while back with a 3 year old 800mHz Gateway I was reviving. I found on some other forums that appearantly INIT tries to test the apm settings (has something to do with power-save on laptops). Apparantly, when INIT tried this on my Desktop during install, it would hang exactly at where everyone else is posting on this problem.

Adding this to the boot parameters should fix it:
"apm=idle_threshold=100"

Good luck!
 
Old 12-26-2002, 05:28 PM   #11
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Thanks JONTG!
I found this piece of info also, it may or may not be helpful...
System hangup
I was told that it was a conflict with the motherboard, now I believe that it has more to do with the kernel (2.4.X). Any other additional info would greatly be appreciated.
Thanks again-
 
Old 12-27-2002, 09:58 AM   #12
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JONTG was right on the money! Finally booted up. Thanks for the info, I thought that I might have to stick with SuSE 6.4 . This site is a great tool. Now if I can get my little girl's software to run in WINE...
Thanks again!
 
Old 01-08-2003, 10:46 AM   #13
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Quote:
I had this problem a while back with a 3 year old 800mHz Gateway I was reviving. I found on some other forums that appearantly INIT tries to test the apm settings (has something to do with power-save on laptops). Apparantly, when INIT tried this on my Desktop during install, it would hang exactly at where everyone else is posting on this problem.

Adding this to the boot parameters should fix it:
"apm=idle_threshold=100"
I am quite new to the Linux world and I just dug up this post as I've just starting working with RH8. I have this same problem and I hope this will fix it. My question is...

Where do I add the "apm=idle_threshold=100"?

Should my boot options look like this?

root (hd0,1)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.18-14 ro root=Label=/ hdd=ide-scsi
initrd /boot/initrd-2.4.18-14.img
apm=idle_threshold=100


Or this?

root (hd0,1)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.18-14 ro root=Label=/ hdd=ide-scsi apm=idle_threshold=100
initrd /boot/initrd-2.4.18-14.img

Any feedback is most appreciated. I could try it both ways, but I'm at work and unable to check it out for another 6 hours so thought I'd see if I could get an answer from here before I got home. Thanks!
 
Old 01-08-2003, 05:52 PM   #14
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root (hd0,1)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.18-14 ro root=Label=/ hdd=ide-scsi apm=idle_threshold=100
initrd /boot/initrd-2.4.18-14.img
Should work, do you have an AMD processor? Later you will want , if edit was sucsessful, to make to change permanent in the GRUB config file.
Good Luck-
 
Old 01-16-2003, 08:46 PM   #15
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Thanks a ton guys, this helped me out too.
 
  


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