Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 22970
Installer crashes after vmlinuz runs
Last modified: 2007-03-26 23:38:43 EDT
Have a AMD K6-III/333Mhz PC w/128MB of memory on an FIC motherboard (model
PA2013); 30GB HD.
Trying to install OS on PC. Unable to install. Installer runs initrd.img
and vmlinuz but then fails.
Receive the following info:
code:<1> Unable to handle kernal null pointer dereferece at virtual
EIP=0010: Eflags=00010046 eax=00000080 ebx=00000000 ecx=00000081
edx=00000001 esi=00098800 edi=c7f36000 ebp=c8800000 esp=c7f3bebc process
swapper (pid:1,process nr:1,stackpage=c7f3b000)
I submitted a case (#166047) with tech support but they are unable to
determine the problem. They suggested I submit a bug request through
Have you been able to install Linux on this machine before?
No... I have never been able to install it on my machine.
May be a kernel related issue, reassigning.
I assume the machine runs/ran another OS. Is that os reasonably stable on this
Yes, I was successful in loading Windows 98 on the same machine. I reformatted
my hard drive and loaded Windows 98 without any problems. I removed Windows 98
and tried to reload Linux OS but keep failing at the same point.
I returned the motherboard and chip to the supplier. I now have an Intel board
and chip. The install had no problems with that motherboard/chip combo.
I'm marking this as "WORKSFORME" because the closest hardware
equivalent we have here does not experience this problem and you
(reasonably enough!) don't have the hardware to test against
If anyone else sees the same problem with exactly the same hardware,
open another bug report to avoid spamming Steve with information
about hardware he no longer has, and we'll work with it from there.