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Old 03-26-2008, 03:34 PM   #1
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Can't install any version of Linux.... IO-APIC error

When trying to install Ubuntu, XUbuntu, Fedora or Linux Mint I get the following error and can't figure out what going on.

Here is the error message:

..TIMER: vector=0x31 apic1=0 pin1=0 apic2=-1 pin2=-1
..MP-BIOS bug: 8254 timer not connected to IO-APIC
...trying to set up timer (IRQ0) through the 8259A... failed
...trying to set up timer as Virtual Wire IRQ... failed
...trying to set up timer as ExtINT IRQ... failed .
Kernel panic - not syncing: IO-APIC + timer doesn't work!

What does this mean? I would really like to get Linux installed on this box.

I have an AMD Sempron 3400+ with the HDD being a 400gig SATA drive with 2gig of DDR2 memory. I'm trying to run in 32 bit mode as well.

Any insight is appreciated.
Old 03-26-2008, 04:05 PM   #2
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You can try installing it without apic. At the boot prompt, type in linux noapic.
Old 03-26-2008, 04:27 PM   #3
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I got past that, but now my video goes haywire when the video portion of the install kicks in. I could try and install in text mode I guess, but I hate getting through an entire install and then the video still being hosed up.
Old 03-26-2008, 04:31 PM   #4
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Somtimes fixing after the fact is the only way depending on what the problem is. I would try hitting F2 or F3 (or whatever key the installer says) at the boot: prompt to see what other options there are for the installer. You might be able to specify "VESA" for the video driver or some settings related to the resolution or framebuffer.
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I ran into similar problems installing Ubuntu via the Wubi 7.04 installer for a dual boot. After farting around with ACPI options in the BIOS, and trying noapic a few times. I ran across a post that suggested that reinstalls with a different version might be more successful. So I downloaded the hardy heron iso for amd64, downloaded the equivalent Wubi 8.04 beta, and the install was flawless. Kinda refreshing.
Old 04-08-2008, 03:20 PM   #6
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Hello --

I came across this post while googling for "Bug 8254" which shows up everytime I boot into Ubuntu Hardy. It doesn't seem to have any effect on my install or use of the os, but it is there and I wanted to know what it meant. I have never had a kernel panic and everything related to the BIOS seems fine, including APIC.

Does anyone know if this has any long term effects?



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