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Old 12-14-2004, 01:19 AM   #1
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reboot after loading initrd.img

I have computer with specs:
Compaq Deskpro 4000 5200mmx,
32MB RAM with 1.2 Gb Harddisk.
it can not boot from CDRom.
i planned to use it as a router.

for better and faster installation, I used my P4 2.8G (Intel board), with 768MB RAM, to install RedHat 9 Fedora core 2, 2.6.5-1.358.

after succesful installation, (everything fine, after testing), i move my hard disk to my Deskpro, and boot it.

after entering GRUB loader, loading vmlinuz then initrd-2.6.5-1.358.img, computer rebooted by it self, and after load initrd then reboot again and again.

is it because of my RAM (less) or caused by the motherboard.
i have 2 partition 900MB as / and 256MB as swap.

thank u,

Mas Giong
Old 12-14-2004, 12:10 PM   #2
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What type of processor is the Compaq? You are probably having this problem because the install configured itself for the P4 and not the Compaq. I would suggest performing the install on the Compaq so the installation knows what it will be running on. We can get around the unbootable CDROM in a couple of ways, read on.

You mentioned installing Red Hat 9 Fedora Core 2. I assume this was a typing mistake. If not, you only need to install one of these distributions. RH9 comes with the ability to boot from a floppy and then install from CD. You make a boot diskette from the images on the CDROM. Take a look at section 1.4.3 of the Red Hat Linux x86 Installation Guide.

FC2 is a little more difficult to create a boot diskette since the images they give on the CD are for a boot CD. Why they felt the need to drop support for booting from a floppy is beyond me. However, it can be done with a little trickery. Take a look at this Blog on How to Install FC2 Without a Bootable CDROM drive.

If you feel the need for speed try performing an NFS or FTP install using your P4 as a server. It's a good exercise, but probably not worth the time since the install on your Compaq will be minimal.



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