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Old 04-22-2005, 04:45 PM   #1
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Locks up during install early on checking 'hlt' instruction althlon 1100

I got an old Chaintech 7AJ0 motherboard with an Athlon 1100 and thought it would make a good backup server (I have several RH FC3 servers with much better horsepower, however this machine seems ok on the surface). During the install it hangs on "checking 'hlt' instruction". Is there something I should be doing please? Thanks...
Old 04-22-2005, 09:48 PM   #2
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'hlt' instruction problem

This is a "tough spot" for Linux (any distro) on earlier AMD CPUs. I had the exact same problem on a 500 MHz K6-2. Pass the 'no-hlt' (without quotation marks) parameter to your kernel at boot time (either at boot prompt or in lilo.conf if you have a way to edit it) and it should skip the 'hlt' instruction check and boot OK.

P.S. That is valid for 2.4 kernels (had to use it on all I used on that machine) but FC3 uses a 2.6 series kernel, it may or may not work... try that anyway.

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