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Hi,
I'm trying to install Linux on following Machine :

Pentium 133 MHz, 32 MB RAM, Quantum Fireball 3,2 GB (E)IDE,
Samsung 12x ATAPI CD-ROM, ELSA Winner AVI1000 with S3-Chip.

I get very often some Segmentation Fault, and the machine hangs up. This error comes up sometimes while booting with the original Boot/Root- Diskettes, sometimes during Paket Installation, but it always comes. There are some other errors, which get the machine hanging (including such nice messages like "Kernel Panic...").
For installation purposes I'm using an older DLD-Linux, the new DLD (Kernel Version > 2.0) and the new Suse Linux. It's always the same, so my conclusion is, that I've got some hardware Problem. But what kind of ? And how do I get around it ?

Andreas
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I also think it's a hardware problem. Find someone with a similar computer (your dealer?), and exchange cards, hard disks,...

Did you try running another OS? And did you have problems with that?
If, say, Windows 95 runs without problems, it doesn't mean that the PC is ok, but if this also doesn't work, you know it is.

It might just be a badly configured card. If you have a decent warranty aggreement, I'd advise you to use it.
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We have other OS running without any problems on this machine.
We tried out DOS, Win95... no problem. But meanwhile we get some
more Error codes including "caught Signal 11". Maybe that might be a hint ...
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Signal 11 is most likely an effect of broken hardware, in particularly the memory. I suspect that these errors occur mostly when you're trying to compile software.
There is a signal 11 FAQ on sunsite, in the docs/faqs directory.
DOS and Win95 are not so demanding on hardware as Linux, so it is quite possible that you can run those OS'es on a PC, but that Linux fails.
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Next Step. While trying to install one day it was late, sun was going down. Now the funny thing. Right after sunset the installation worked quite well. No Error message, no nothing. Now we have the next Problem.
So I finally have Win95 (/dev(hda1) and Linux (/dev/hda2). Now I'd like to use the LILO. But anyway I install LILO, whenever the machine is booting, LILO hangs up printing only the L of LILO on the screen. Though it is possible to boot with the boot disk.
We have dev/hda1 = 1 GB, primary;
        dev/hda2 = 1.5 GB, primary
and dev/hda4 as logical partition for Linux Swap.
Can you give me a hint on that ?
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