Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 101142
Kernel Error During Installation of New Version of Linux
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:56:18 EDT
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Description of problem:
When I install Linux, it seems to work fine if there is NOT a previous version
already on the hard drive.
However, if I attempt to upgrade from version 8.0 to 9.0, it gives me
this: "Kernel Error: CPU Context Corrupt", and the installer crashes. This
also happens if I try to completely reinstall Linux.
The solution is to use a boot disc with FDISK on it and completely remove all
partitions on the hard drive. You can then install Linux.
You can get a free copy of FDISK via the link below.
If this helps you, please email me at email@example.com. I would love
to hear about it. :)
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Red Hat Linux 9.0
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install Red Hat Linux 8.0
2. Try to upgrade to Red Hat Linux 9.0
Actual Results: It gave me this error message:
Kernel Error: CPU Context Corrupt
Expected Results: Should have upgraded to Red Hat Linux 9.0
Oh by the way - I think this bug exists in all versions of Red Hat Linux. I
know it exists when upgrading from 7.2 to 8.0
At what point during the install process do you get the kernel error?
I usually get the kernel error when the Linux installer is being booted up, or
when it's formatting the file system or installing RPMs.
By the way - I correct myself in that the fix is NOT to remove all partitions
from your hard drive with FDISK. You have to zerofill your hard drive.
Thanks for the bug report. However, Red Hat no longer maintains this version of
the product. Please upgrade to the latest version and open a new bug if the problem
The Fedora Legacy project (http://fedoralegacy.org/) maintains some older releases,
and if you believe this bug is interesting to them, please report the problem in
the bug tracker at: http://bugzilla.fedora.us/