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fandfurious88
Hi everyone, just joined these forums because I've only just installed Red Hat Linux 9. Got the ISOs off www.linuxiso.org and installed everything, went to boot up for the first time and the computer gets stuck in an endless loop where it scrolls stuff so fast I can't read it. Each line starts off:
[xxxxxxxxx]
where "x" is a number, and many of them contain the text "[kernel]".

I am running Red Hat 9 with the GRUB loader on a 333-Mhz eMachine with a 2 GB hard drive, 96 MB RAM, a CD-ROM and CD-RW drive.

How do I fix it and boot into Linux?!?!?
Hemant
Some information will help..like..what bootloader you chose...GRUB..or Lilo.
you chose cutsom install..or auto.
And most importantly..try to catch the errors..more carefully and if you could provide little more detail about it.
fandfurious88
QUOTE (gethemant @ Apr 9 2004, 08:10 PM)
Some information will help..like..what bootloader you chose...GRUB..or Lilo.
you chose cutsom install..or auto.
And most importantly..try to catch the errors..more carefully and if you could provide little more detail about it.

Yes, sorry about that. I chose to automatically partition and use GRUB as my boot loader. I cleared the hard drive beforehand, so I'm not dual-booting or anything.

I managed to slow the error messages down and they look like this:

dev_watchdog [kernel] 0xa0
__netdev_watchdog_up [kernel] 0x8
show_trace [kernel] 0x30
ip_options_build [kernel] 0x9f
show_stack [kernel] 0x7a
show_registers [kernel] 0x159
do_page_fault [kernel] 0x0
die [kernel] 0x59
do_page_fault [Kernel] 0x2c4
do_page_fault [kernel] 0x0
error_code [kernel] 0x34
do_reset1 [kernel] 0x190
handle_vm86_fault [kernel] 0x43e
handle_vm86_fault [kernel] 0x43e
secure_tcp_sequence_number [kernel] 0x5e
secure_tcp_sequence_number [kernel] 0x5e
ip_defrag [kernel] 0x1e
ip_defrag [kernel] 0x1e
handle_vm86_fault [kernel] 0x43f
handle_vm86_fault [kernel] 0x43f
secure_tcp_sequence_number [kernel] 0x5f
secure_tcp_sequence_number [kernel] 0x5f
ip_defrag [kernel] 0x1f
ip_defrag [kernel} 0x1f

The system then pauses briefly before repeating the above messages.

Since it mentions TCP and IP I wondered if it was related to network hardware? If so, I have a PCI 56k modem installed but nothing else.

Any help would be much appreciated.
hughesjr
If you did a full install of RH 9 on a 2 gb hard drive, you are probably out of space and everything didn't get installed.

(The full redhat install is more than 2 GB.)

Pick a workstation install and try again wink.gif
fandfurious88
QUOTE (hughesjr @ Apr 10 2004, 09:19 AM)
If you did a full install of RH 9 on a 2 gb hard drive, you are probably out of space and everything didn't get installed.

(The full redhat install is more than 2 GB.)

Pick a workstation install and try again wink.gif

I did a custom install and got it down to about 1.2 GB.
fandfurious88
Just for future reference to anyone else, it turns out there is a known incompatibility between Red Hat 9 and eMachines computers. I downloaded Red Hat 7.3 and it runs fine.
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