Centos 5.4 CD 1 crashes while loading initrd.img

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Centos 5.4 CD 1 crashes while loading initrd.img

Postby Agron » 2010/03/24 18:01:57

All I see is:
Loading vmlinuz..................
Loading initrd.img......................................................
........................................................................................
........................................................................................
........................................................................................



And then it goes blank, it beeps, and everything starts all over again.


Is there anything in the BIOS setting CENTOS does not like?

I don't know how CENTOS 5.4 is related to RedHat, but the Fedora12 installation CD runs fine on this machine.

Any help is appreciated.
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Centos 5.4 CD 1 crashes while loading initrd.img

Postby gerald_clark » 2010/03/24 18:09:03

You did not tell us anything about your machine.
That is the symptom of one of the following:
1. Not enough RAM.
2. Bad RAM
3. Machine is 586 class.
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Re: Centos 5.4 CD 1 crashes while loading initrd.img

Postby Agron » 2010/03/24 18:19:50

Well, the machine has
256 MB of SDRAM
CPU is Pentium MMX 166MHZ (i586)
1 GB Harddrive space

I am trying to install the i386 edition of CENTOS 5.4 from http://mirror.stanford.edu/yum/pub/cent ... n-1of6.iso

In fact I installed it on a virtual machine on the same 1GB harddrive with only 256MB of ram. Now I want to install it on the actual machine. But it keeps rebooting.
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Re: Centos 5.4 CD 1 crashes while loading initrd.img

Postby AlanBartlett » 2010/03/24 18:51:47

An i586 based processor is not supported.

Please do the required reading (FAQ & Readme First) and the CentOS 5.4 Release Notes.

For your information:

(1) CentOS is 100% binary compatible with RHEL 5.
(2) RHEL 5 is not binary compatible with Fedora 12.
(3) i386 just indicates the 32-bit version of the OS not the supported processor type. (This is a historic decision by TUV.)

I don't know how CENTOS 5.4 is related to RedHat,

To make such a statement, which shows you have done little or no research, will not endear you to anyone. Please see the CentOS General FAQ.
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Re: Centos 5.4 CD 1 crashes while loading initrd.img

Postby Agron » 2010/03/24 19:36:08

An i586 based processor is not supported.


Are you nuts?

i586 is 32 bit and supports the i386 instruction set.
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Re: Centos 5.4 CD 1 crashes while loading initrd.img

Postby toracat » 2010/03/24 20:15:58

Agron wrote:

Are you nuts?

No, he is not.

i586 is 32 bit and supports the i386 instruction set.

CentOS-5 provides kernel i686 (32-bit) and x86_64 (64-bit). I would suggest you try CentOS-4 because it still supports i586 (RHEL-4 does not).
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Re: Centos 5.4 CD 1 crashes while loading initrd.img

Postby toracat » 2010/03/25 07:33:20

You can find more detailed info about the i586 install here:

http://centosnow.blogspot.com/2009/09/i ... os-48.html
http://orcorc.blogspot.com/2009/09/like ... heart.html

Both were written by CentOS core admins. Once again, this is CentOS-4 only. The i586 support was dropped in CentOS-5.
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Re: Centos 5.4 CD 1 crashes while loading initrd.img

Postby Agron » 2010/03/25 17:35:31

OK, thanks for clarification. "i386" on the ISO files is very very confusing. Please put BIG emphasis on the Download page that it stands for 32-bit i686 CPUs.

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