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Laptop Linux install crashes

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hello all,

I have a question about installing Linux OS on a laptop.
In fact, It seems that I cannot do it. I tried RH8, Mandrake 8.2 & 8.0. Every time, just after loading, the screen turns blank and nothing happen.

I have some information with RH, which tolds me, before crashing :

" CPU number disabled
Intel Machine check architecture supported
CPU0: machine check exception: 000000000000004
Bank 1 : b200000000000115
Kernel Panic : CPU context corrupt
Inidle task - not syncing "

I don't know what is the problem. My configuration is PIII 700Mhz, Video: ATI rage mobility. HD 20Gb Hitachi, 128Mb Memory. My HD is partitionned and formatted.
The other OS I wanted to install crashed also. Windows 2000 crashes, Windows98 SE too.
The only way I could have a OS installed on my machine is by using the reinstall CD that was sold with the laptop.

Thanx for ANY help or tips.
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by:cooledit
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No of course not being sure if it is a hardware problem
assuming it is ok and just wanna install Mandrake

in the upstart fase when getting to the screen saying Graphical mode
F1 for other installtion modes
then type: "text" Expert
and you should be on the run
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I'd suggest checking with the laptop vendor for a BIOS update. It could well be that there's an error in the chipset programming in the BIOS that causes these OS installations to fail.
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have a look here http://tuxmobil.org/ "Linux On Mobile Computers" may give you some idea. I'm also agree jlevie suggestion, try to check the BIOS update.
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Since it complains about memory, and most every install of "any OS" fails, one could very well suspect that you do have a faulty memopry chip. Look at getting a good memory tester from http://www.memtest86.com/ ... perhaps run it of a live ISO/CD...

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I think Gns had the answer.
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If I only learned to spel correctly:-). "memopry" indeed:-)

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Suggest points split between jlevie and Gns.
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Cool with me.

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