Ok, so here's the deal: A couple days ago my neighbor gave me a Compaq Proliant Server. Its nothin incredible, but a new system is a fun project. Its old, like 1994. I'm pretty sure it has dual 133Mhz CPU's. About 160MB of RAM. It uses SCSI-2 and all the bays are full. I have Win2k on the machine now but I want to make a dual boot with Redhat 8. Not only am I new to the machine but I have never used Redhat before. Ive only used variations of windows and I hear Redhat beats the poo out of them.
When setting up Win2k I was going to only use a portion of the HDD to set it up and leave plenty of extra for Redhat. Ive never used a server or any SCSI chained HDD's before. That being said when I was partitioning I found that there were 2 blocks of unpartioned space. I have no idea why. One was about 12GB and the other was about 7GB. So formatted the 12GB one in NTFS and put Win2k on it. I left the other 7GB alone for Redhat.
Win2k is done and workin fine. So I decide to go ahead and put Redhat 8.0 in. I pop in cd 1 and reboot the machine. I get to the Redhat screen where I can either do a gui install or a text. As I dont know anything, I choose gui (hit enter). "vmulinuz" loads, and is followed by a line of periods. Then "initrd.img" starts loading. About 40 or so periods go by....and then that is where it stops and I get an error.
I will now list the error. I just want to say that it is going to be missing about 8 or so lines from the top due to the face that the error was more then one page and it was scrolled. (I tried hitting break/pause but the screen kept going). One more thing: Since a full line will probably be wider then the width this forum will allow me, I will put **END LINE** at the end of each line that has to wrap. That being said here is my error :-\
...Changing IO-APIC Physical APIC ID to 2...OK
Unable tohandle kernel NULL Pointer dereference at virtual address 00000001
EIP:0010:[<c02873007>] not tainted
EIP is at (2.4.18-14BOOT)
eax:co27ff09 ebx:00001000 ecx:00000000 edx:00000000
esi:00000010 edi:00000000 ebp:c02b0680 esp:c027ff7c
ds:0018 es:0018 ss:0018
Process Swapper (pid:0, stackpage=c027f000)
stack:00001000 c02ac904 c027ffc0 0004e000 c02875d5 00000000 00000000 00000000 **END LINE**
c027ffc0 00000000 00000008 00000001 00001000 00000000 00000001 00000000
00000000 00000900 01000000 00000000 c02ac904 c0105000 0004e000 c02880c1
call trace:[<c0105000>] (0xc027ffd0))
f b6 44 d1 39 f8 74 13 42 39 f2 bb ff ff ff ff 89
<0> Kernel Panic:Attempted to kill the idle task!
In idle task - not syncing
Alright, so that's my error. Please help me out. Any help will be greatly appretiated. I need some people that really know there stuff...I think. Thanx for reading my post.