slackware 2.0.30 bare.i kernel doesn't boot on...

...P55XB2 Iwill ultra DMA 33 motherboard with P-200 MMX.

I am trying to install Slakware 3.3,
but I am not able even to boot the kernel.

I tried both floppy boot and loadlin boot:

loadlin c:\loadlin\bare.i\zimage root=/dev/ram rw
initrd=c:\loadlin\rootdsk\text.gz

During the boot process the computer suddenly reboots,
without giving any message.
The last message I am able to read off the screen before the reboot is
the
"checking hlt instruction" message; there are 2-3 more lines after
it I am not able to read -- the machine goes off faster...
It's seems to be some kind of hardware conflict.

I removed all the hardware off the computer, that did not help.
(I left only the IDE Hard Disk with the on-board controller +
Diamond Stealth Video Card.)

I am able to work with Windows NT 4.0 (server!)
on the computer w/o any problems.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance.
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unicorntechCommented:
This seems to be a problem with the HDD. What I would recommend is trying a different mode setting for your HDD at the BIOS level. Ie if it is set to LBA mode set it to normal mode, etc.

Let me know how you go,

Regards,

Jason
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vaxelAuthor Commented:
Anyway, thanks unicorntech, but I had aslo had the idea.
I have tried to change LBA and I have tried to disable PNP mode
as well. But... this doesn't help.
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vaxelAuthor Commented:
To finally ensure you it's not an IDE problem:
I have disabled one of the on-board IDEs,
and used the other one to boot a Debian 1.3.1 bootable
CD-ROM. It booted (up to the lilo prompt of the CD),
but exposed just the same behaviour on the kernel boot phase...
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jetxCommented:
if you want a nie and orderly setup with Linux try
http://www.redhat.com/
the setup program is great. plus you'll get free technical support over the phone or via email.

regards,

jetx
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