I have a Pentium 90 Mhz, VA-501 motherboard, 3c509 combo ethernet card, Diamond Multimedia 4MB video card, 528 MB Fujitsu hard drive, and a keyboard. When installing redhat 6.2, both from CD image as well as floppy image (for both rh 6.2 and 7.0), the system hangs (by this I mean nothing, not even ctrl-alt-del works) sometimes.
A few rare number of times the system did boot successfully and I was able to install redhat. Now I boot from the hard drive but have only once been able to pass the boot without a hang.
The system hangs in one of two spots. The first and more common point is a few lines after decompressing the kernel, at "Calibrating Delay Loop ..." it hangs. The less common point is after saying that the IDE channels are not 100% native and then detects the IDE channels as part of the PCI bus, I think. Then it hangs.
Why does this hang happen? Note that if I keep pressing the reset button, eventually I can probably pass the hang points but it seems to be random. I tried bootin without a hard drive, without a floppy drive, without cards, with less ram, even with a different power supply. No sucess. Is the motherbaord simply not linux compatible? This would be ironic since the system came with a "powered by redhat" sticker on the front, in a similar manner as window system have designed for windows stickers.