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Old 04-06-2006, 04:57 PM   #1
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not recognizing CPU

I've tried to install FC5 for i386 and I've tried a liveboot of damn small linux, and in both of these, no matter how I tweak and change the parameters passed to linux and how many extranious things I pull out of the box, it boots to where it asks me for parameters, but once I try to start linux proper, it either freezes, or spits out some text, tells me it'll continue in 120 seconds, and then freezes. What is the proper format for posting error codes?
Old 04-06-2006, 05:27 PM   #2
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Usually I use the code bracket when I post error messages, but anything will do, as long as people can read them.

Also, it usually helps if you can describe your hardware in more detail.
Old 04-07-2006, 10:04 PM   #3
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on running tomsrtbt

Linux version 2.2.20ext3 (root@conn6m) (gcc version #6 Thu May 2 12:00:25 2002
BIOS-provided physical RAM map:
  BIOS-e820: 0009f000 @ 00000000 (usable)
  BIOS-e820: 1fc20000 @ 00100000 (usable)
Detected 1999666 khz processor.
Console: colour VGA+ 80x25
Calibrating delay loop... invalid operand: 0000
CPU:	0
EIP:	0010:[<80241545>]
EFLAGS: 00010287
eax: 00000010  ebx: 00000010  ecx: 22ea1f73  edx: 0000004b
esi: 00800000  edi: 00000007  ebp: 00000000  esp: 8029dfd0
ds: 0018  es: 0018  ss: 0018
Process swapper (pid: 0, process nr: 0, stackpage=8029d000
Stack: 00000000 0009c200 80106000 02000000 8029ecca 807ddce0 9fd20000 00000000
       80106000 00000000 80288e2c 8010017c
Call Trace: [<80106000>] [<80106000>] [<8010017c>]
Code: ff ff 21 e2 8b 82 0c 03 00 00 80 c4 b8 09 c8 89 82 0c 03 00
Kernel panic: Attempted to kill the idle task!
In swapper task - not syncing
For some reason, any distribution I try to use just freezes. I'm running an AMD athlon(tm) XP 2400+ on an Albatron KX600 pro with the 1.04 firmware and 512MB ram.

like that?
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i am looking at the kernel and it seems really old. Might not have support for your cpu. Try to get a more recent version of linux. DSL will get you 2.4.x most others will get you 2.6.x
Old 04-08-2006, 04:39 PM   #5
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cool, I'll try that.

hmm. Thinking it's a hardware problem now that my computer froze before it even got to the boot. What's MBA, and how should it be configured?

freezes on a blank screen with DSL, and Fedora Core 5 spits out similar error codes. Thanks for all this help guys, I'm pretty darn lost here, as everything seems to go as it should until the part that usually spits out the BogoMips.

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I think it's a matter of my motherboard not passing information to the kernels about the processor and bus speeds and such. No linux distro out of a bunch I've downloaded seems to do any different. DOS boots and such doing the same. I will attempt windows.

good god, wish me luck.


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