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Old 10-18-2003, 12:36 PM   #1
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System keeps rebooting after Kernel Loads

I am trying to get Linux (Red Hat 7.2) up and running on an old Pentium MMX 200Mhz, 64MB RAM system I've got. It doesn't have a cdrom drive, so I installed Linux on its HDD by putting the HDD into my other system and then doing the install. Now, this has worked before, and suddenly now it doesn't. I put a fresh install on the HDD as well, then put in into my 200Mhz computer and tried to boot up. The system turns on, and GRUB comes up. Next I get the message the Linux is being uncompressed and then it says OK, Booting the Kernel. After that the system reboots and does the whole thing all over again. And it just keeps doing this. Anybody have any ideas? I'm thinking that maybe I need to pass some parameters to the kernel before it loads, I just don't know what params to pass to it.
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Red Hat customizes each install to the hardware that it detects during the install. I am guessing that the machine that you are using to install Red Hat to your disk is enough different from your 200Mhz machine that the kernel will not work on your 200Mhz machine. Red Hat uses initrd to make a hardware specific kernel. You could alter /lib/modules/*/modules.dep on the hard disk to reflect the 200Mhz machine before you move the disk.

Another possible solution is rather than temporarily moving the disk you could temporarily move a CD-ROM to the 200Mhz machine to do the install. Or you could buy a cheap CD-ROM at a computer junkyard.

Be prepared. Create a LifeBoat CD.

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Old 10-18-2003, 04:59 PM   #3
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Yeah, I was wondering about that. I've got another MMX machine in the basement. I think I'll try the install using that machine and see what happens. Thanks for the advice
Old 10-19-2003, 05:28 PM   #4
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yep, that was it. Works fine now.
Old 10-19-2003, 09:02 PM   #5
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Another option would havebeen to pass noinitrd at boot time.

That would have made the kernel autodetect again
You could repair from there.



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