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Old 05-04-2003, 01:35 PM   #1
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Question Uber-Noob : Cant even install. Need all the help I can get!

Ok, so here's the deal: A couple days ago my neighbor gave me a Compaq Proliant Server. Its nothin incredible, but a new system is a fun project. Its old, like 1994. I'm pretty sure it has dual 133Mhz CPU's. About 160MB of RAM. It uses SCSI-2 and all the bays are full. I have Win2k on the machine now but I want to make a dual boot with Redhat 8. Not only am I new to the machine but I have never used Redhat before. Ive only used variations of windows and I hear Redhat beats the poo out of them.
When setting up Win2k I was going to only use a portion of the HDD to set it up and leave plenty of extra for Redhat. Ive never used a server or any SCSI chained HDD's before. That being said when I was partitioning I found that there were 2 blocks of unpartioned space. I have no idea why. One was about 12GB and the other was about 7GB. So formatted the 12GB one in NTFS and put Win2k on it. I left the other 7GB alone for Redhat.
Win2k is done and workin fine. So I decide to go ahead and put Redhat 8.0 in. I pop in cd 1 and reboot the machine. I get to the Redhat screen where I can either do a gui install or a text. As I dont know anything, I choose gui (hit enter). "vmulinuz" loads, and is followed by a line of periods. Then "initrd.img" starts loading. About 40 or so periods go by....and then that is where it stops and I get an error.
I will now list the error. I just want to say that it is going to be missing about 8 or so lines from the top due to the face that the error was more then one page and it was scrolled. (I tried hitting break/pause but the screen kept going). One more thing: Since a full line will probably be wider then the width this forum will allow me, I will put **END LINE** at the end of each line that has to wrap. That being said here is my error :-\

...Changing IO-APIC Physical APIC ID to 2...OK
Unable tohandle kernel NULL Pointer dereference at virtual address 00000001
Printing eip:
EIP:0010:[<c02873007>] not tainted

EIP is at (2.4.18-14BOOT)
eax:co27ff09 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 0004e000 c02875d5 00000000 00000000 00000000 **END LINE**
c027ffc0 00000000 00000008 00000001 00001000 00000000 00000001 00000000
00000000 00000900 01000000 00000000 c02ac904 c0105000 0004e000 c02880c1
call trace:[<c0105000>] (0xc027ffd0))

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

Alright, so that's my error. Please help me out. Any help will be greatly appretiated. I need some people that really know there stuff...I think. Thanx for reading my post.

Last edited by troublefree; 05-06-2003 at 10:14 PM.
Old 05-04-2003, 05:38 PM   #2
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Do you know what processors do you have exactly? Pentium-class or maybe i486-class?
Old 05-04-2003, 06:14 PM   #3
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They are both Intel 133Mhz. I have recieved word that what I need to do is alter the kernel, possibly for the SCSI's or the dual-cpu setup. Sound like im heading in the right direction? Feel free to post any links you guys think would help me with amending the kernel.

I'm off to do some readin.

PS: I still need all the help I can get ;-)


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