Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 58
Initial ram disk won't load on 486 systems
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:37:48 EDT
I'm preparing to teach my Unix system administration class
next week, which is taught by installing RedHat on the class
I'm trying to boot the RH5.2 boot.img disc. The disc works
fine on two Pentium systems, but doesn't work on two 486
systems (one 486/33 w/16MB, one 486/66 w/32MB). In both
cases it hangs at four dots into the initial ramdisk load
prior to loading vmlinuz. Any ideas why the ramdisk
loading would hang?
I was not able to replicate this problem on the following machines:
Generic 486 DX/2, 16 MB ram, 1.2 GB harddrive, using boot.img from 5.2
Packard Bell 486 DX/2, 16 MB ram, 340 MB HD, using boot.img from 5.2
Both machines successfully loaded the initrd.img from the boot disk.
I would suggest seeing what hardware components may be similar on both
machines and give us more information if possible.