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I tried to install the 32-bit RHEL 5 on 64-bit AMD. I wanted to know whether I could install it or not. I successfully installed RHEL on AMD. When I rebooted the system, it got hung when it was about to the authentication screen.
Also, when you say authentication, did you set up NIS or something?
Have you tried booting into runlevel 3? If you don't know how:
At the grub menu, hit escape.
Select the kernel you are trying to boot into (I guess there's only one in a new install)
Hit "e" (for edit)
Move to the line that starts with "kernel " using your arrow keys.
Hit "e" again.
Make sure you are at the end of the line - the last word is probably "quiet"
Type a space and then the digit 3
Hit "b" (for boot)
You should end up at the machine prompt and be able to log in as either root or the first user you set up - if you got that far.
Try installing in text mode by adding the keyword 'text' to the boot command when you start off the cd (ie. 'linux text'). After you manage to get it installed you should edit the kernel line in grub (the boot loader) to have '3' at the end so that it will boot into runlevel 3 which doesn't start the graphics server. This way you can log into your system to figure out what is going on and if it is related to Xorg (the graphics server).