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Old 06-17-2002, 08:13 AM   #1
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Exclamation Redhat 7.3 Install

I'm trying to install RH 7.3.

Just before installing the packages I get a kernel panic :

Kernel was unable to re-read partition table on /tmp/hd(x)

I get the same error for al 3 of my hd.
This is my setup:

DISC 1 : Seagate Barracuda 4 40GB

DRIVE 2 : IBM Deskstar 60GB
Linux 40GB and Swap 1GB

DRIVE 3 : IBM Desktar 20GB (connected via RAID controller)

Does anyone have a clue what the problem could be ??
I already tried emptying al my hd and starting from scratch, still the same prob, could it be a bios setting i overlooked ?

Thx in advance

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Old 07-09-2002, 11:11 AM   #2
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i've been having the same problem and have been following two threads dealing with similar problems from a different board. i don't know if it applies to you but it may be worth a look.
Old 07-09-2002, 04:58 PM   #3
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well i'm not sure but try at least to check your memory
crappy memory tends to crashes even during install
use the memtest86 program (
it boots of a single floppy
Old 07-09-2002, 07:12 PM   #4
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why not try and re-download the iso's, they may be corrupted. my redhat 7.3 install went flawlessly from the gitgo, and all subsequent times thereafter.
Old 07-09-2002, 07:28 PM   #5
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Not sure if this will help since it may also give you a kernel panic but to check to see if your media is corrupt, type "linux mediacheck" where you would normally hit ENTER (at the boot prompt).
Old 07-13-2002, 09:26 AM   #6
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I'm not sure if I can duplicate my prior errors to be sure but I had a super smooth install (finally) using Redhat 7.2. I'm pretty sure it was the memory ( thanks In addition, I unplugged my CR burner, and USB Sanddisk (but I doubt that was the problem) The memtest86 generated a lot of errors on my two (apparently mismatched 128 K RAM). I put in some new Viking Ram and voila, install. The install was complicated slightly by failing to recognize the ethernet cards. I rebooted and swapped out the netgear FA311 NIC. Redhat found the DFE-530TX. I have a DSL and had to refer to my Redhat Unleashed to do a command line ifconfig. I still haven't gotten the FA311 to be recognized (but that's fodder for a another thread if I can't do it myself). Thanks to everyone for their helpful advice.


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