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Old 01-10-2002, 03:24 PM   #1
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Problems Installing 7.2


Hi,

Hoping some one can help. I'm new to linux. I'm trying to install Red Hat 7.2 fro a CD-Rom.

I successfully install 7.1, but then began to have problems (froze up). It ran fine for a while til I tried to do more with the OS, like switch between desk tops, this is where it crashed and wouldn't come back.

I tried to reinstall 7.1 and I kept getting Kernal Panic errors INIT!.

I switched to 7.2, and it gets all the way to formating the drive and half way through it would say it is a serious problem, serious enough to cancel the install. It happened during the making of hda2 and the swap, on seperate tries. I hit OK and it goes through it's KILL process.

It's not clear to me what's going on.

The battary was so I changed the CMOS battery and updated the (flash) BIOS, and the above is the best I can get.

Is there something going on in the BIOS, some setting that was defaulted, or not defaulted??

I went and bought a new hard drive, but that wasn't it. It gave the same errors.

I read that there is UDMA problems. Should that be shut off in the BIOS?

I have M598LMR motherboard
350 mhz AMD
90meg of DIMM PC100 memory
Maxtor 20 gig 7200rpm hard drive
video is built in to the motherboard AGP SIS 630 8meg
serial 2 butoon mouse

I took out the nic, modem, ect. It's bare minimum.

Any help would be great! thanks,

Vince

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Old 01-12-2002, 04:25 PM   #2
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did you do automatic or manual install?
 
Old 01-12-2002, 09:41 PM   #3
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David, thanks for taking the time.

I ran the graphic install if that is what you mean. What other way is there? Disk Druid? Or is that just for partitioning and formatting?

Funny thing is, I have RH 7.1, 7.2, and Mandrake 8.0 and none work now. NT Workstation 4.0 installed, but wouldn't change to NTFS for some reason. Win 2000 server starts to install the files to disk before install, then crashes.

I can't understand why the first attempt went of without a hitch, and now it takes a dump everytime.


I hope I can get this going again, I was really getting into it!

Think there is anything I can change in my system hardware that might help?

thnaks,

Vince
 
Old 01-12-2002, 11:13 PM   #4
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I was refering to manually setting up partitions or letting the install do it. I guess you did it manually with all the systems you have on it.
 
Old 01-13-2002, 09:19 AM   #5
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I've tried it both ways. Manually creating partitions and automatically.

Any ideas?
 
Old 01-13-2002, 10:21 AM   #6
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during the install you can have it format and check for errors.

While it's doing it you can go out to a terminal and see what's happening.

I think it's under ctrl_alt_F5 that the hard drive info will be seen as the process is working.
 
Old 01-13-2002, 01:20 PM   #7
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David, this is what i found using ctrl_alt_F5:

Mke2fs 1.23, 15-AUG-2001 for EXT2 FS 0.5b, 95/08/09

File System label=
OS type= Linux
Block Size: 4096 (Log=2)
Fragment size= 4096 (Log=2)
2490368 inodes, 4974125 blocks
248706 blocks (5.00%) reserved for Super User
First Data Block= 0
152 block groups
32768 blocks per group, 23768 fragments per group
16384 inodes per group
Super block backups stored on blocks:

32768, 98304, 163840, 229376, 294912, 819200, 884736, 1605632, 2654208, 4996000

writing inode tables: invalid operand: 0000
CPU: 0
EIP: 0010:[<c01292d7>]
EFlags: 00010202

(number blocks follow)
-
-
-
-
Code: 0f 0b 8b 43 14 85 c0 75 02 0f 0b 31 c0 0f b3 43 18 19 c0 85
 
Old 01-13-2002, 03:15 PM   #8
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That looks like a kernel problem, maybe something to do with partition size.

How big are your partitions?
 
Old 01-13-2002, 03:21 PM   #9
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/boot hda1 50meg

/ hda2 3000meg

/swap hda3 120meg


the hard drive is 19.5 gig

should I break it down more?
 
Old 01-13-2002, 04:03 PM   #10
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What would you say a hard drive (19.5 gig) that is going to hold Linux 7.2 be in size?

I made them smaller. I got further this time.

I got to transfering file image to hard drive, but it stopped. Got an error, incorrect keyboard discription.

I think you were right about the size of the partitions.
 
Old 01-13-2002, 05:31 PM   #11
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the full install is around 2.8 G

so that should work

maybe something with the hardware

mb or hd controller


maybe try it without a swap partition, but leave your empty space. then if it installs you can make it a swap partition


I have installed it several times on different hardware and never a problem.

Could it be a bad disk?
 
Old 01-13-2002, 07:47 PM   #12
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New hard drive out of the box.
 
Old 01-13-2002, 08:29 PM   #13
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Could it be a bad disk?
sorry! cdrom
 
Old 01-14-2002, 07:26 AM   #14
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It is an old quad or 4x cd rom. Could it be under running?
the hard drive is an ATA100, but not using an ATA100 card

I made the partitions smaller, Linux seems to format them. It appears to finish, then moves to the next task, brings up a blank splash screen, then freezes.

It goes through the KILL!

Then I get an error: incorrect new keyboard description.

Could it be it doesn't like the keyboard? It is generic. 101+, it says underneath. If it's that simple, I'll try to switch it out with another.

Thanks for all the tips, David!

Vince
 
Old 01-22-2002, 02:01 AM   #15
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Bad memory could be a possiblity.. I've seen linux dump like that many time with bad RAM. If this is a new system I would definitely consider it, or if you've physically been in your system upgrading it lately.
 
  


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