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I'm trying to set up my new Linux box that will double as my server and Minecraft server. I'm having issues installing every Linux distro I am familiar with. I am installing via the USB method. I have tried Ubuntu 10.04 x32 and x64, 10.10 x32 and x64, 11.04 x32 and x64, 11.10 x32 and x64, Linux mint 11 and 12 x64. All have crashed mid boot with a kernel panic. I have how ever had success with Ubuntu 9.10 32 bit but upgrading killed it and got the kernel panic again. I have also succeed in installing Fedora 16 KDE x64, but I have no clue how to use Fedora so I'd rather not use it.

 

Oh yeah... Actually error is "Kernel Panic has occured, switching back to text mode" the whole system freezes and I have to hard reboot.

 

 

I am also still pretty new to Linux. Just been using it as a web surfing OS off and on for a year or so.

 

 

Hardware:

Zodac 9300 ITX Wfi

Q6600

Gskill Pi 2x2gb 1066

Onboard Nvidia 9300

Pico ITX 160w psu

320gb 7200 sata HDD

40gb Intel SSD

 

 

Thanks in advance for any help.

 

 

 

EDIT:

I am not overclock in any way. My ram is underclocked though. Board only supports 667/800mhz ram so My ram is running at 800mhz with stock timings and volts and passed a run of memtest.


Edited by animal0307 - 1/11/12 at 2:16pm
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Kernel panic could be due certain system files being corrupted like sysv or the kernel image problem. after the kernel is loaded IIRC it loads init which has run levels for services.

Does it show anything for a mount like an error ?

Have you installed linux on a SSD ?

What is the kernel version ?

What is the problem you are facing while installing Fedora ?
Edited by ironmaiden - 1/9/12 at 4:11am
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Definitely sounds like a hardware problem. So basically you've been able to run the installer on all the discs but when you would try to boot the OS, it would kernel panic right? (I'm guessing here, help me out.)

I have gotten my system to kernel panic, and if I remember correctly it was because I was overclocking. Yours could be an SSD problem (idk, I have no experience with SSDs) if you installed it on the SSD. Sounds like it could also be a kernel regression, but I wouldn't count on it. You should try playing with BIOS settings to see if you can get it to go without a kernel panic.

Otherwise, that's all I can suggest. I've never had issues with kernel panics that weren't my fault.
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Kernel panic could be due certain system files being corrupted like sysv or the kernel image problem. after the kernel is loaded IIRC it loads init which has run levels for services.
Does it show anything for a mount like an error ?
Have you installed linux on a SSD ?
What is the kernel version ?
What is the problem you are facing while installing Fedora ?


 

I can't imagine the image I'm using is corrupt. I just downloaded the iso via torrent, I will plug my usb drive into my main system and see if it boots. I haven't noticed any specific errors but I also haven't looked for any. Yes I have installed Linux on an SSD, currently have 11.10 32bit on my main system, 2500k, Sabertooth p67, and an Intel X25-V 40gb SSD. No problems at all. Not sure what the kernel version is, I assume it's what ever ships with the distro I'm attempting to use. I did have any problems with installing Fedora. Booted off my USB stick, installed to SSD and rebooted off the SSD. I just don't know much about Fedora other then it's based on Red Hat and It's for more advanced Linux users which I am not.
 

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Definitely sounds like a hardware problem. So basically you've been able to run the installer on all the discs but when you would try to boot the OS, it would kernel panic right? (I'm guessing here, help me out.)
I have gotten my system to kernel panic, and if I remember correctly it was because I was overclocking. Yours could be an SSD problem (idk, I have no experience with SSDs) if you installed it on the SSD. Sounds like it could also be a kernel regression, but I wouldn't count on it. You should try playing with BIOS settings to see if you can get it to go without a kernel panic.
Otherwise, that's all I can suggest. I've never had issues with kernel panics that weren't my fault.


I get the kernel panic before I even get the chance to install any Linux OS other then Fedora. It acts as if it is going to boot, gets to the "page" where I have 10 secs to choose what to do before it just goes ahead and boots into a live environment. I haven't overclocked this system at all, but I may still be unstable. I have managed to install Win7 so I can run some stability tests to see if that's my problem. I have never had issues installing linux to an SSD before. But it's just just with the SSD. I have tried a regular old HHD and still the same issue.

 

What is kernel regression?


I think my problem may be in my ram. I'm running 2x 2gb sticks of Gskill Pi 1066 but it has to run at 800mhx because my board wont do 1066.

 

I have had Ubuntu 11.10 installed on this machine once before for half a day then took it over to a friends house get some help with setting it up to be a server when he asked me why I was using a desktop version and not server so we went ahead and started to install the server version. Never changed anything in the bios just created a bootable USB drive and away we went. Haven't had any success since.

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I'm going to rule out the ram for now as I have run memtest and it passed with no errors. Gonna run a scan of the SSD, Then may try nuking it with killdisk.

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Remember how picky Linux can be with my overclock? I wouldn't rule out the RAM just yet. We need to get ahold of some more in-spec stuff for that board. It will likely be really cheap RAM to fit those specs anyway.

Heck it's DDR2 right? I think I have some cheap stuff from my little brother's old system. Next time I'm home I'll grab it for ya. Until then we can still try and rule everything else out.
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You overclocking? Linux is extremely picky about stability, extremely.
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No. Absolutly no overclock. My ram is under clock and memtest test stable. I haven't tested the cpu yet though.

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You should not have problem with OCing in linux, my cpu is Oc'ed and no issues. Though the kernel matters.

Could you try installing on a HDD instead of SSD.
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You should not have problem with OCing in linux, my cpu is Oc'ed and no issues. Though the kernel matters.
Could you try installing on a HDD instead of SSD.

You will often find that linux requires a different overclock than windows, at least I know many people who have found it to be slightly lower in linux than in windows. Don't know why, don't care.

[edit] Hard lock... Hmmm screen shot would be nice.
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