Posted on 1997-05-30
l am new to linux and having problems with the boot disk
l am using a Red Hat distribution that has the 2.0.27
this cpu on this M/B only runs at 75mhz
M/B=SIS 486 P3 Green PC
BIOS=AMI july 25 1994
Controller Card=(refered to as No.378) Winbond Chipset
vlb & isa support 2x H/speed 16550A uarts
Harddrive=W/D cavair 850mb
Video=Cirrus Logic vlb 1meg
Mem=8meg no parity
l have checked several times that the jumpers on the M/B
& all installed cards are correct as well as the cpu
settings in the Bios.
With fips l have setup the following patitions
l have win 95 on hda1 (350meg)
small patition ready for swap hda2 (20meg)
balance of drive hda3 ready for linux
(l have also tried with a clean Hard drive)
In the Bios setup l have tried with & without LBA
Disabled video ram
with the above set l can't get past the "hlt" check (checks OK)it stalls with a "idle task may not sleep"
ln the bios setup under chipset, if l change the (....?)from dram to At Bus, it boots far enough to reckonise my hardware
before it stalls (but only if l type "linux hda=1654,32,63"
(and not "linux hda=1654,16,63"required for Dos in LBA mode).
l also have a CD with Caldera lite which uses the 2.0.29
kernel. When l use these disks it reckonises the hardware then crashes after leaving the message "general protection: 0000st at 0021e210 isn't free.