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Old 11-20-2001, 07:45 AM   #1
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Post-installation problems with RedHat 7.2

This past night, I've installed Red Hat 7.2 (first time linux user).

It installed fine (has installed fine 3 times), but it will not boot. I get random Oops messages, or kernal panics, etc.

Based on what I read over on the Red Hat support forums, I think this may be processor related, but I am unsure.

Comp specs:
Athlon Thunderbird 1.2 Ghz
128 MB RAM
20 GB HD
Geforce 2 MX
Dual boot (sort of) win2k/RH 7.2

Any help would be greatly appreciated, because I am mystified by the error messages I'm getting.
Old 11-20-2001, 10:03 PM   #2
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Your hardware looks fine. I run something very similar. What do you mean by dual boot "sort of"? Exactly what part of the boot do you get the oops and panic messages?
Old 11-25-2001, 05:26 AM   #3
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more than likely you have got a bad file on the install disc, where did you get the discs?
Old 01-05-2002, 07:46 PM   #4
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Question Not so sure if it is an install disc problem...

I don't know if your prblem is related to a b0rked installer disc. I have had a similar problem. When I installed RH7.2 on an old cyrix P100 (which incidentally did satisfy system requirements - 32MB RAM etc) it had the same prblem. My system started uncompressing the kernel, started printing dots across the screen then halted and rebooted. I didn't even have time to see a Kernel panick!

The interesting part is I used the same set of installer discs on my Celeron 733 and it worked fine. Not a problem in the world. The one thing I can see that is common to both our situations is a lack of INTEL hardware. In my case cyrix and in yours AMD, though I am dubious as to whether that is the problem...

I'll keep you posted.
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Did you make a boot disk?

did you make a /boot partition?

Redhat puts the kernel in /boot so you need to make sure /boot is in the first 1024 cylinders of the hard drive

otherwise you will need to pass lba32 to the kernel during the boot process like in lilo.conf or grub conf

the best thing is a small partition for /boot about 20 MB. put it at the beginning of the hard drive if that's an option, if your dual booting use lba32

Note that Slack uses / instead of /boot for the kernel.

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Old 01-06-2002, 03:57 PM   #6
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The 1024 cylinder limit is not an issue any more. The problem was eliminated as of lilo version 21-3, and never existed in grub at all. The version of lilo that ships with RH 7.2 doesn't care where you put /boot (for that matter, it may not even need a /boot partition).
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I have one system that will not boot without lba32

/dev/hda1 * 1 1292 9767488+ 83 Linux native
/dev/hda2 1293 1294 15120 83 Linux native
/dev/hda3 1295 2650 10251360 5 Extended
/dev/hda5 1295 2508 9177808+ 83 Linux native
/dev/hda6 2509 2637 975208+ 83 Linux native
/dev/hda7 2638 2650 98248+ 82 Linux swap

It will not work without passing lba32 to kernel, I have tried it both ways

grub stage 1 now supports booting large partitions but LBA must be supported by bios

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Old 01-06-2002, 06:35 PM   #8
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How do you boot linux? Do you use boot diskette or LILO/GRUB booter?
if you use LILO/GRUB booter you have to put the booter on the first sector of linux partition, and if you use a diskette there shouldn't be any probs to do so.
More details, please.


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