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Old 03-09-2003, 02:56 PM   #1
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Question Problem with the 2.4 kernel on a Cyrix MediaGX system

I'm trying to install Slackware 8.1 on an old Cyrix MediaGX 3x system but the setup don't get past the line Checking 'hlt' instruction... OK . Most of the times I don't even get the OK.
The same thing happens with Redhat 7.2.

I hope someone can help me!
Old 03-09-2003, 04:05 PM   #2
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Perhaps you could try either of these two kerenel parameters from the kernel-parameters.txt file.

nohlt [BUGS=ARM]

no-hlt [BUGS=ix86]

The file doesn't provide any real explanation for what they do. But maybe they have something to do with your problem. Just a guess. The kernel source doesn't have a special cpu class for the MediaGX cpu.

I have worked on a unit once and I know the CPU is socket 7 based but it will not work in a pentium mobo chipset. (Because I tried it!)
Old 04-23-2003, 09:59 AM   #3
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I've also have problems trying to get Linux ( Slackware ZipSlack
9.0 ) to run on Cyrix MediaGX ( 180 Mhz ) .

I've tried to use no-hlt at the LILO command line
and it instead hang at the BogoMIPS loop.

Old 06-19-2003, 09:25 PM   #4
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I also have an old Cyrix 133mhz that stops at the "Checking 'hlt' instruction..." and I have no clue how to fix it. I noticed that the last post was in April so I hope there's someone out there that reads this stuff.
lol nice
Old 06-19-2003, 10:05 PM   #5
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update: I tried the no-hlt, now it stops at the mtrr section on regular boot, and stops at the BogoMIPS when I use an install floppy.


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