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Old 06-29-2004, 03:17 PM   #1
fogbert
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Question Unable to Install FC2 or Run Knoppix


Hello,

Another insipid newbie question for you. I have had no success in trying to install Fedora Core 2 and cannot get Knoppix to load either. First off, I am trying to load on an OLD Pentium II box. It has W/XP Home installed (but I'm completely happy to remove it if necessary.) I can boot from the cd/rom drive, but from there it's downhill.

In attempting to install FC2 (386, 32 bit), everything appears to be working well until I reach "running /sbin/loader". It takes a while, hits the cd/rom a couple of times and then hangs with the following message:

<0> Kernal Panic: Fatal exception in interrupt
In interrupt handler -- not syncing


So I tried to run Knoppix (V3.4, kernal 2.4, build 5/10/04). During the hardware detection sequence, everything appears to be running normally until I reach "/dev/scd0" then the system hangs with the following message:

Can't find Knoppix file system, sorry.

and then the system drops to a (very limited) shell. It almost seems like the system finds the cd/rom drive, and then forgets where it is later (but I'm not sure about that.)

My ultimate goal is to be able to mount a hard drive (slave) from an old DirecTivo box that blew. I'm trying to extract the programs that we haven't been able to watch yet. Unfortunately, this is the only box I have to play with (my other computer is my employers and they get hinkey when you wipe out the operating system and stuff like that.)

Any help would be most appreciated.

Thanks in advance,
Dave
 
Old 06-29-2004, 06:51 PM   #2
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You could try entering
Code:
linux noapic
at the point where you normally just hit the return key when installing FC2. This might avoid the problem with the disk interrupts.
 
Old 06-29-2004, 08:38 PM   #3
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Thanks Mugstar,

But unfortunately this suggestion didn't solve the problem. I received the same error message as before.

I also removed all unnecessary peripherals from the machine and tried reseating the RAM. Still no go.

Thanks for the help nonetheless!

Regards,
Dave
 
Old 07-02-2004, 09:26 AM   #4
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Update:

I've tried a couple of other cd/rom drives to see if that was the problem, but there was no improvement.

I also tried another version of Linux; I dug out a Linux 2.2 distro that was packaged in 1999 by Caldera. The Caldera distro went farther through the process than either FC2 or Knoppix, but also failed before the install was complete. I'm going to grab an old copy of Red Hat from a friend and try that, but I don't hold up a lot of hope at this point.

I'm beginning to believe that there isn't a version of Linux (in a packaged format) that will run on this box. That is especially puzzling to me because W/XP installs and runs flawlessly on it.

Nearly at wit's end,
Dave
 
Old 07-02-2004, 09:55 AM   #5
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Where did you get your Knoppix CD from? I had downloaded Knoppix and burned them to CD, but some of my burns were flakey (until I reduced the burn speed). Of course, this was a problem with my burner.

With the bad CDs, I often received that error, "Can't find Knoppix file system, sorry."

I also had a flakey PII motherboard which I could never get to work. It would get partway through booting but would never successfully finish. However, I couldn't get it to boot Windows either.

Note that the Knoppix file system is actually a huge compressed file on the CD. Thus, it's possible for it to read the CD file system, but for the "Knoppix file system" (read the large compressed file) to be corrupted.
 
Old 07-02-2004, 10:00 AM   #6
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Did you check the linux hardware compatibility list ?
I once had to plug off all extra HW (including all the small parts) to get an installation done.
 
Old 07-02-2004, 12:25 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally posted by IsaacKuo
Where did you get your Knoppix CD from? I had downloaded Knoppix and burned them to CD, but some of my burns were flakey (until I reduced the burn speed). Of course, this was a problem with my burner.

With the bad CDs, I often received that error, "Can't find Knoppix file system, sorry."

I also had a flakey PII motherboard which I could never get to work. It would get partway through booting but would never successfully finish. However, I couldn't get it to boot Windows either.

Note that the Knoppix file system is actually a huge compressed file on the CD. Thus, it's possible for it to read the CD file system, but for the "Knoppix file system" (read the large compressed file) to be corrupted.
Now that's interesting. I hadn't considered that the Knoppix CD might not have burned cleanly. (Incidentally, in answer to your question, I downloaded and burned with Roxio 7.) I will try to burn another copy at a slower speed.

Thanks for the help!
Dave
 
Old 07-02-2004, 01:25 PM   #8
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Quote:
Originally posted by jens
Did you check the linux hardware compatibility list ?
I once had to plug off all extra HW (including all the small parts) to get an installation done.
I haven't checked a list--do you recommend one in particular? (The HCL here doesn't show Gateway MB.) I know it doesn't necessarily make a difference, but this is a straightforward, simple box. (Gateway PII/266, 192mb ram, ATi Rage Fury Pro 32mb...) Hmmm, one thing I hadn't considered until just now is the mis-matched ram. I may try popping out the 64mb card and see if that helps...

Thanks for the help!
Dave

Last edited by fogbert; 07-02-2004 at 01:48 PM.
 
Old 07-07-2004, 09:11 AM   #9
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Newest Update:

I tried yet another distro (Mandrake 9.0) and was successful. While the install took quite a while, it recognized everything and fired right up. After rebooting to ensure that things were operating normally, I reinstalled the NIC, modem, sound card and slave HD. Rebooted with no trouble whatsoever.

Thanks to all who took time to offer advice and counsel!

Dave
 
Old 08-04-2004, 11:33 AM   #10
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i was browsing the forums and came across this thread which hits the nail on the head w/ the same problem i am having w/ fc2....

i too have an old gateway pii-233 box currently w/ rh9 installed which installed and still runs flawlessly... i was wanting to dab a little in differ flavors, still redhat i know, and d/l'ed and burned fc2... i am experiencing the same thing...when booting from cd1 and it gets to /sbin/loader, it freezes for a couple of minutes and then i get the error about the cd-rom errors and then the "interrupt hander -- not syncing" type message at the end... i have also tried it on an old custom build cyrix-p300 system and get the same message...

has anyone out there actually stuck with this problem until discovering what the problem is and solving it? i do have mix-matched memory sizes in the gateway box, but have not tried removing all but one of the memory sticks... but could that have anything to do w/ cd-rom drive probs??

any suggestions, besides "just stick with what ya got, man!" are appreciated!

thx in advance


maze
 
Old 01-10-2005, 06:37 PM   #11
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Thumbs up Kernal Panic: not syncing - Fatal exception in interrupt SOLUTION

I had this same problem when i was tryin to install FC3.
Then i changed my CDROM drive to faster/newer one.
The error was not coming anymore. and i installed it successfully.
 
Old 05-06-2005, 03:28 PM   #12
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Anybody seen any problems install FC2 or FC3 on an HP NetServer LH3000? FC1 installs fine and runs great. But FC2 and FC3 hang during the RAID drive probe.
Thanks.
 
Old 05-06-2005, 03:44 PM   #13
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Your CD drive could need cleaning. I had problems using my CD drives and after I had the lenses cleaned The problem mostly went away (It's been awhile since I dusted)

Older computers are especially prone to being dusty.
 
  


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