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Old 10-21-2002, 06:57 PM   #1
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Red Hat 8.0 Issues: Error 28 on boot

When i try to boot into red hat 8, when it goes to load up the kernel, i get the following error:

Error 28: Selected Item too big to fit into memory.

Anyone else have this issue?
Old 10-22-2002, 10:41 AM   #2
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I'm having the same problem. Unfortunately I don't have a fix for it yet. Here is my setup though.
I'm doing a fresh install of RH 8.0 on a AMD XP 2000 with a Asus A7N266 MB- Nvidia22d Chipset with sound, video and LAN built on the MB - and 256MB ram.
This is also a dual boot system with MS W2K. I'm using Grub as my boot loader. The HD is partitioned with 2gb FAT16 partition for booting then a 8gb FAT32 partition for windows and then a 10gb EXT3 partition for RH and a 512mb swap partition.

I have heard that I will need to recompile the kernel in single user mode for the AMD, but since I just installed last night I haven't got around to doing that yet.
Old 10-22-2002, 07:47 PM   #3
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weird, because I have an Asus A7N266-C motherboard, too.

I wonder if anyone with an nforce/asus nforce board has the same issue...
Old 10-22-2002, 08:17 PM   #4
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Works on my lappy ok....

This maybe an nforce issue...
Old 10-25-2002, 12:49 AM   #5
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Exclamation Error 28 on boot

I recently purchased an A7N266-VM and have experienced similar problems on bootup with grub and lilo. Here is a quick overview my experience. Hope this is useful.

Athlon XP 2000+
DDR266 256MB (x1)
WD 7200 80Gig ATA100
Samsung CDRW & DVD drive (ATA 66/33 respectively)
Linksys 10/100 NIC (for network installations)

- Error 28 on boot under grub ("Error 28: Selected item cannot fit into memory")
- Under Lilo I get the letter "L" and a locked system.
- Floppy rescue boots normally.
- System locks up when starting X after floppy boot but this is probably due to using the default 'nv' driver and wasn't a concern.

-Reinstalled with various configurations:
--- / partition 20Gig and 2Gig (to see if it was a hard drive capacity issue) -- NO CHANGE
--- from CD instead of network -- NC
-Transfered another working drive to this box -- NC
-Swapped memory locations -- NC
-Disabled all non critical chipset features in bios -- NC

For my sanity, I installed 98SE with full updates, drivers and patches (for OS and chipset) just to see if it would work. The box turns out to be an acceptable windoze platform: Q3A played fine, UT played fine but couldn't get the sound right (sounded good but seriously choppy). CD's played beautifully.

The board works fine under 98SE and appears to work fine under RH 7.3 & 8.0 if you have a means to bypass grub and lilo. (CD, floppy...) Otherwise it will never boot and is almost as useless and troublesome as a WinModem...

I will be returning the board next week but for what I'm not sure yet. Anyone have a solid recomendation as a replacement. I will need to accomodate the rest of the components (memory, CPU, etc).

Thanks in advance,

Old 10-28-2002, 04:14 AM   #6
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Error 28 on boot

UPDATE: grub .93 (from CVS) solved the boot issue.

Still working on the video.
Old 11-06-2002, 04:34 PM   #7
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No Luck Yet !! Somebody Help !!

I installed Redhat 8.0 on my system ... Everything went on perfect during the installation.... No Probs ...

I selected GRUB as my Boot Loader ...

When my system boots ... Finished .. I get this ridiculous message :-
Booting 'Red Hat Linux (2.4.18-14)'
root (hd0,0)
    Filesystem type is ext2fs,partition type 0x83
kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.18-14 ro root=LABEL=/
    [Linux_bzImage, setup=0x1400, size=0x11154a]
Error 28: Selected item cannot fit into memory 
Press any key to continue ....
On the GRUB Boot Loader screen it gives "650k Lower / 26056K upper memory"... Even after such huge amount of memory this ridiculous error message comes.

I have tried replacing GRUB with LILO.... But LILO is one step ahead.... It wont even go past a lame "LI" on the screen and then the whole system hangs...

I have searched everywhere for some solution for this this problem. A lot of people are suffering ... But NO ONE has an answer. The RedHat support is paid...and their forum servers are DOWN... GRUB has such a lame site that I am sure they wont reply to my emails.
If anyone has solved this problem please HELP ME !!!

My System Configuration :
Intel P4 2.0Ghz, D850MV board with 256MB RDRAM,
20GB HDD, ATI Radeon VE 64MB VRAM,
Old 03-17-2003, 11:02 PM   #8
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I had the exact same problem with an ASUS A7N266-VM MoBo. I upgraded to GRUB .93 and was finally able to boot. You can get it from here:


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