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Old 12-14-2004, 02:57 PM   #1
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Unhappy Trouble installing Linux (Mandrake & SuSe)

I've had trouble installing both SuSe and Mandrake (and also Fedora, but I won't go into that)

SuSe Problem

After installation of SuSe 9.1 Personal x86 and before configuration of the root password, etc. I recieved the following error when booting up from the hard drive:
INIT: Id "1" respawning too fast, disabled for 5 minutes
The Id continues to "6" at which point it says:
INIT: No more processes left in this runlevel

I've read a number of solutions through Google, but none really helped that much. I do believe it may be my graphics card, but I don't know how to fix the problem. I have an ATI Radeon 9200 PCI which I use, I ALSO have an integrated Intel Accelerated Graphics Controller. When I changed the BIOS to use the integrated graphics card, it was able to run the GUI, however at a very low resolution. I would also recieve a Warning message when using the integrated graphics card before the system would bootup. If the graphics card is the problem, how can I fix it?

Mandrake Problem

After installation and configuration of Mandrake 10.1 for x86 I recieve the following message when booting up after the numerous "OK's":
Call Trace:
<--Numerous Lines-->
Code: f8 8b 75 fc 89...
The first time I tried to bootup it gave me a "panic" message after this point, however I haven't gotten that now.
The system simply stops loading and idles after this message is shown.
Could this be another graphics card problem?


Dell Dimension 2350
ATI Radeon 9200 PCI -- 128 MB
P4 2 GHz
~50GB hard drive (30GB NTFS w/ XP, 20GB Linux)


I have just restarted my computer, and I was able to get the error when booting up Mandrake 10.1.

<0> Kernel panic: Fatal exception in interrupt
In interrupt handler - not syncing

I hope this helps diagnose the problem.

Thanks for any help.

Last edited by Baaadbart; 12-14-2004 at 03:32 PM.
Old 12-14-2004, 05:50 PM   #2
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baaadbart; read somewhere 3d mode in atis & accelarator mode may cause problems. but from what ur post it may not be ur videocard , but initrd & kernel.
newbie too but read alot but just basics.
not confident to venture into changing kernel, needs recompling. no trust i that yet.
Old 12-14-2004, 09:21 PM   #3
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Which distro are you refering to that may not be the videocard?

I've reinstalled SuSe like mad with no change in the result, but I may try to reinstall Mandrake.
Also, something that puzzled me about mandrake is that it asked for a 4th CD when I can only find ISO's for 3 CD's. Could this 4th CD solve my problem?

I'll repost after installing Mandrake to see if that fixed anything.
Old 12-14-2004, 09:45 PM   #4
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Alright, just got done reinstalling Mandrake and it didn't help at all. Still got the same error after rebooting. Please, I really would like to get Linux on my computer...I've been trying this out for 3 days with no luck, any suggestions would be helpful. Keep in mind that I'm a noob.
Old 12-15-2004, 11:28 AM   #5
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Old 12-15-2004, 06:30 PM   #6
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Any problems I've had with Mandrake installations have usually been circumvented by using the noapic flag at boot. At the point when you normally hit <return> at the very start of the installation, type 'linux noapic' then hit <return>. Might work, might not ...
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the fourth Mandrake CD to which you refer just contains some extra libraries / software, available for download to mandrake club members. you don't need it for a good, basic installation.

as regards your problem, i'm not sure. sticking my neck out, given that it appears to be an interrupt problem, you might try disabling any non-essential motherboard hardware - eg, sound, etc and trying again.

also, for what it's worth, i've given mandrake 10.1 community edition and 10.1 official a spin on two machines, and i've found it to be far less satisfactory than 10.0 official (which is available, complete i think, for download to non-mandrakeclub members)... that said, and given that problems are evident with suse too, i'd hesitate to suggest trying another distribution - i think it's going to be a case of bottoming this one out with what you've already got...

sorry if i haven't been much help - sounds like a tricky one, so do keep us posted of any progress.

PS - it'll be worth it in the end

Old 12-16-2004, 03:16 PM   #8
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Maybe a silly question, but you'd be surprised how much havoc it can wreak: did you verify the MD5 hashes of the ISO files before installing?
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Yeah, I made sure the MD5 was the same as the one on the site. I won't be able to test anything out for atleast another week because I won't be in town.

I have tried another distro of Linux (can't remember the name off the top of my head), but it wouldn't load the GUI interface either. I do believe it's probably my graphics card that's preventing linux from running KDE correctly, but I wouldn't know how to fix it. I believe ATI released another driver recently so maybe I could try and install that. Would this help any? Thanks for help!


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