Re: INSTALL Issues, Vectra, P2 333

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Jason Brooks_2
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INSTALL Issues, Vectra, P2 333

System specs are as follows:
Processor: Pentium 2 333 SLk62
RAM: Paired SD-RAM 128 Sticks (both test good)
Video: Off Board ATI Rage II+
Sound: On Board
NIC: EtherFast 10/100BaseT
HDD: Western Digital 20G
CD-Rom: Generic Lite-On 32x CDROM

Problems persist with the Installation of the
various flavors of my favorite Linuxes.

Slackware 9.0 (CD Boot ISO):
Installation Crashes Near end of Kernel Loading.
"Invalid Operand: 0000" (Can't remember the rest of the error)

Sourcerer Linux (2.4.62 Kernel):
Crashes on Clean Up of ISO Transfer
Similar error to above.

Mandrake 8.0, 9.0, 9.2, 10.0:
Crashes During Kernel Load. Same error as
Slackware 9.0

RedHat Shrike (8.0 I think):
Crashes durning Installation initialization.
Error is as follows:

Invalid Operand: 0000
CPU: 0
EIP: 0060:<[c0134e0a]> Not Tainted
EFLAGS: 00010282

EIP is at: (2.4.20-8BOOT)

Process linuxrc (pid: 13 stackpage=cffd3000)

VFS: cannot open root device "" or 48:05
Please Append a correct "root=" boot option
Kernel Panic! System Halted! <--Flashing

The messages for the other errors are similar to the above, save the bottem lines are a little different.
Some say Kernel Panic: VFS: Unable to mount root filesystem
other says Kernel Panic: Operation Not supported
Another Said Kernel Panic:

All of them Lock the Keyboard and flash the Numberlock and Capslock LEDs.

Any Ideas or possible solutions?
I'll be monitering this all day, and can provide any information asked for.

Linux System User for 9 years
Jason Brooks_2
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Re: INSTALL Issues, Vectra, P2 333

As a note...

This system has no trouble running windows 95/98/ME/NT4.0 or 2000
Sergejs Svitnevs
Honored Contributor

Re: INSTALL Issues, Vectra, P2 333

It looks like a memory problem or something related to the memory chip. Make sure that memory chips are correctly configured and seated properly in their sockets. Also try to install additional RAM on a motheboard.

Jason Brooks_2
New Member

Re: INSTALL Issues, Vectra, P2 333

If the memory were the issue, would windows still run flawlessly? (as flawless as windows can anyway)
Sergejs Svitnevs
Honored Contributor

Re: INSTALL Issues, Vectra, P2 333

From my point of view the kernel virtual memory manager at some point can not choose the appropriate memory bank to allocate and deallocate kernel pages.
You should try to change your memory chips.

Jason Brooks_2
New Member

Re: INSTALL Issues, Vectra, P2 333

as odd as it sounds... I swap the RAM around from one bank to a different one, and its work fine since. I'm wondering if bank 0 is faulty on the mother board, since bank 1 and 2 work fine. Thanks for the lead. It cured a three day headache.