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Posted on 1997-05-30
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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
kernel.
 
System
cpu=i486DX4-100
    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.
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jprohart earned 100 total points
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if you use LBA support ( and i think you do ), you must load the kernel with "linux hd=827,32,63" instead of 1654,16,63 ( otherwise, you force linux not to use LBA, and you will not be able to create partitions ). Use msd under dos to see if your drive is seen in LBA mode ( look at the heads number).

bye

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