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Gangrif 03-08-2008 11:47 AM

Fedora core 8 install issues. "unable to handle kernel paging request"
I've got an odd install issue with my workstation...
I am currently trying to install FC8, but this same thing seems to happen with many other distro's. The only distro ive been able to get working in Gentoo, and only using Genkernel.

I;ve only just figured out how to redirect the output of the installer to a serial terminal, so i only have comfirmation that this is the exact error on the FC8 install. Though every other install reacts the same.

Basically, before the system even boots from the cd, into the installer, i am presented a stream of memory addresses, and then a kernel panic. Attempted to kill init.

the error i've been able to get out of it is:

BUG: unable to handle kernel paging request at virtual address ffffb0b0
printing eip: c04224ff *pde = 00004067 *pte = 1f866021

I've googled this, and a number of people claim its due to Kingston memory, being set at too low of a voltage. I checked on that, and i don't have kingston memory, and i also do not have the ability in my bios to change the voltage anyway (not that i like the sound of that idea anyway...). This PC runs windows xp with no issues, and as i said, gentoo 2006.1 with genkernel.
I personally like Fedora better, and i'm having some unrelated issues with the gentoo install (which is why i want to reinstall with FC8, but thats besides the point).

The entire log of the boot process:
(had to link it, because it was so long)

I'll try just about any suggestion at the moment, i'd really like to get this up and running.

Most of the hardware is listed in the output, but to summarise, it's a P4 dual core 3Ghz, a gig of memory. Linux is being installed on a scsi drive, no raid, Adaptec controler.


ronlau9 03-09-2008 06:48 AM

Fedora core 8 install issues
I had more or less the same problem first with fedora 8
all I did was I download Fedora 8 again and it works

My computer Asus motherboard Intel dual core processor 2 G internal memory
as I had already suse 10.3 running I knew it was possible ,

But do not really find why it fails the first time

best of luck

Gangrif 03-09-2008 09:54 AM

This has failed with so many distros, that i really dont think it's a media problem. And besides, i've used the same FC8 DVD to install on two other machines with no problem.

I cant even boot knoppix on this box. It's really an odd problem.

Thanks for the response!

alan_ri 03-09-2008 11:37 AM


Originally Posted by Gangrif (Post 3082126)

BUG: unable to handle kernel paging request at virtual address ffffb0b0
printing eip: c04224ff *pde = 00004067 *pte = 1f866021

This is a kernel bug issue,it's been reported.You could try to recompile kernel for your hardware.
You could try to install Linux on no SCSI drive to see will it work.You could try to disable SCSI support in your kernel.It's also been reported that on light system load severeal days can pass until bug shows up again.

Gangrif 03-09-2008 05:07 PM

It's the DVD installer that's having the problem, is it possible to recompile the kernel that the installer uses?
I could probably try removing the scsi drive/controller altogether and try to install to an IDE drive, Is this a scsi related problem?

Gangrif 03-09-2008 05:12 PM

I ran across this thread:

Seems related.
Is it possible to disable CONFIG_PCI_MULTITHREAD_PROBE through boot time kernel arguments? If so, i could get the install to go through, and then fix the kernel afterward.


Gangrif 03-11-2008 09:49 PM

I found the cause of the problem!
My video card. It's an ATI dual head. Seems that if i init the internal card before the PCI dual-head card, the problem goes away. I was able to install FC8 on it tonight. Now i just need to try to fix the kernel issue so i can get the dual-head working.

alan_ri 03-12-2008 11:46 AM

I'm glad you did,be careful with kernel configuration!

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