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Old 10-25-2002, 12:02 PM   #1
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Unhappy RedHat 8 Install Woes!

Hello all,

Is anyone experienceing a kernel crash on startup from the cd to insall redhat?

Here is an excerpt from an old post of mine:

My problem is with Redhat 8.0. I verify the iso's and then burnt the cds, when I tried to install on my server, the install craps out with a message similar to this:

...changing IO-APIC physical APIC ID to 2...ok.

Under EIP is at....

The rest of the message says ....

eax: c027ff09 ebx:00001000 ecx: 00000000 edx:00000000
esi: 00000010 edi: 00000000 ebp:c02b0680 esp: c027ff7c
ds: 0018 es:0018 ss:0018

Process swapper (pid:0, stackpage=c027f000)

Stack 00001000 c02ac904 c027ffc0 0006e000 c02875d5 00000000 00000000 00000000 c027ffc0 0000000 0000008 00000001 00001000 00000000 000000001 00000000 00000000 00000900 01000000 00000000 c02ac904 c0105000 0006e000 c02880c1
Call Trace: [<c0105000>] (0xc027ffd0])

Unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at virtual address 00000001 printing EIP:

*pde = 00000000
Oops: 0000
CPU: 0
EIP: 0010:[<c0287300>] Not tainted
EFLAGS: 00010287

EIP is at (2.4.18-14 BOOT)

Code: 0f b6 44 d1 01 39 f8 74 13 42 39 f2 7c f2 bb ff ff ff ff 89
<0>Kernel Panic: Attempted to kill the idle task!
In idle task - not syncing

Also the keyboard light CAPS lock and scroll lock are flashing when the kernel fails.

The server's config is as follows:

Dell Poweredge 5166-2

Dual 166 Mhz processors
8GB Seagate IDE HD
Two 10/100 Network cards Linksys/3com

Can anybody help me out?

Thanks Everyone, in advance!!


Note RH 7.3 didn't work either, server is currently running rh 7.2 without problems.
Old 11-02-2002, 02:06 PM   #2
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For an error like this I would suggest you enter a bug report at

Old 12-26-2002, 10:56 AM   #3
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not syncing too

I have the same trouble at boot, Cyan20, have u succeed to find where is the trouble ?
Old 02-10-2003, 11:32 AM   #4
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i've got the same problem... there's a workaround for it... try at the first install-screen (where you can give the boot-options): linux noapic

This command tells the kernel to not use the APIC chip. This command may be helpful for some motherboards with a bad APIC (such as the Abit BP6) or with a buggy BIOS.

good luck!
Old 02-10-2003, 03:13 PM   #5
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Thx for answering, but i've fixed it.
The trouble was with the SDRAM, in fact one of the sticks doesn't work properly i though.
Finally i've put it off, and it works fine now.

Anyway thx

P.S.: Dunno why this happened, coz windows 2000 worked perfectly with both sticks of SDRAM o_O


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