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Old 01-11-2004, 06:48 PM   #1
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Question Why won't these kernals ever load?


My computer was working fine if not showing it's biological age, when I got Red Hat Linux in a box for Christmas. I popped the disk in the drive and after 25 hours installing in text mode (not enough RAM for graphic mode, I think I have 32MB) to a used but empty 2GB drive, I tried to boot. First it showed good results (I finally knew what I had for built-in graphics), but it then started to repeat lines. I tried typing boot linux in a comand line once, but It said that I needed to load kernels first. I'm the only person who's supposed to have a clue in a 30 mile radius, but I'm not even anywhere near having a clue. Help!
 
Old 01-11-2004, 07:27 PM   #2
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The install shouldn't take anywhare near 25 hours. Even for a machine that slow. Unless your on a 56 k phoneline and your installing from the net.
What errors are you getting? Whats repeted?
 
Old 01-12-2004, 03:43 PM   #3
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First, I was installing from a box set. I don't see any errors when I try to boot, but several lines of text keep showing so fast I can't read them easily.
 
Old 01-12-2004, 04:22 PM   #4
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Get some better hardware, as sorry i am to say this, but your computer is most likely is not fit to run any default RedHat installations. Consider either switching to lighter linux or increasing your HD and RAM amounts.
 
Old 01-12-2004, 04:58 PM   #5
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Ram? oops. I pitched another motherboard to fit this on into my case without even trying to move the RAM chip. At least I kept the old OS on a seperate HD under my bed. But I just remembered an error when I tried to pitch a file called "RECYCLED" from I got rid of WIN ME over 98 and the computer wouldn't let me delete. When I booted the CD to install and told it to keep anything for room, I saw Error on a line that wizzed by that I couldn't read. Oh well. The computer's my junker for Doom.
Thanks anyway!
 
Old 01-12-2004, 05:10 PM   #6
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You could just try an older version of RH. You should be able to find one on the net. if you can just bring up the ram to something around 64 MB and try again.
If you want for now you can try to do a command line text install this should tell you if any trouble is happening. I'm thinking its a read error from the cdrom. I had an install just keep trying over and over to install the same packages it was having trouble reading.
 
Old 01-12-2004, 06:06 PM   #7
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I know you got that distribution for Christmas and all, but you could also try Debian or Slackware. These two distributions are a lighter version of Linux, unlike Mandrake and Red Hat. Dont get me wrong, they are both stable OS's, but they are both the most Windows-like distributions that I've used yet. If money is an issue for upgrading your hardware, definitely go with Slackware or Debian (current). Good Luck.
 
Old 01-13-2004, 03:52 PM   #8
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Thanks. I've already planned a major overhaul for the system that is waiting for my good computer to die(my mom buys a new computer when a problem that I can't fix appears). All I have to do is "convince" my mom(maybe delete the "Windows" directory) into a "small" cash investment and I'll be able to rebuild my junker to enough power to send my homework to straight A's. >)
 
  


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