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Old 01-14-2002, 08:18 PM   #1
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Question Redhat 7.2 on Compaq laptop

I am trying to install Redhat 7.2 on my Compaq Presario 1200z after many trys I finally found out that if I enter linux nousb during the intial install it will let me install everything, then to get it to boot I have to hit ctrl X and type linux nousb and do a interactive bootup and tell it not to load kudzu.

Now the reason I have to do all this is because it freezes when it tries to initialize usb, and I think the same problem when it trys to detect new hardware. But after all this to get it booted I keep getting kernal panics normally after I start xwindows, I am using kde, but I have also gotten the kernal panic just running the command line.

If anyone could point me in the right path I would be very happy.

20 Gig drive
320 megs ram

Old 01-22-2002, 02:53 AM   #2
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This is just a hunch, but have you tried disabling PnP in your BIOS.. I'm not familiar with the BIOS of that laptop, so bear with me on the exact terminology. I would try looking for that first and/or disabling the option to let your BIOS handle PnP ... let your OS (linux) handle it. Again, some laptop BIOS's have this, and some don't. But maybe that will help?

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Old 01-22-2002, 10:36 PM   #3
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That would be the easy thing to do but unfortunatly my bios on that laptop only has 2 options you can change superviser password and change boot order, I have already called compaq 2 times trying to find how to disable the usb in bios or somehow at the bios level but to no avail.


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