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I've just installed Debian, v4.0 KDE version for the i386 and it installed successfully. The issue is that it won't boot. It starts to and then stops.

It's the rig in the sig if you want the specs. It's set up to dual boot with WinXP and I had the GRUB loader installed for choosing between the OS. The GRUB itself seems to perform just fine, just booting into Debian isn't happening.

When it boots, it gets up to a certain point and then just halts. I've noticed apic settings when it had tried to halt. I've also tried disabling the apic and to no avail. Unless I'm doing it wrong as I'm completely new to Debian.

I had installed it using an ISO Image burned to a CD-RW.
I have tried the rescue function of the installer cd and was unable to decipher what was needed to get it to go. Anyone have any ideas?


EDIT: I forgot to mention partitioning...
I have 3 hard drives total. The first 2 are solely for XP. The third one, is an 80GB split in half. Primary partion for Debian using EXT3, and the other is partitioned for XP using NTFS.

Also, I managed to find this when the screen stopped (amongst other junk).
<0> Kernel panic - not syncing: Fatal error in interrupt
<1> Bug: unable to handle kernel paging request at virtual address fffd320

**Then there's a bunch of other junk here 'til the last line**
EIP is at clear_local_APIC+0x20/0xf4

EDIT: Prolly not too important, but the partition for Debian was actually EXT2, my bad.
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<0> Kernel panic - not syncing: Fatal error in interrupt
yup that will stop it from booting post a couple of lines before the panic

and is there a lot of text after the panic
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There is a bit. It seems to change every boot sequence however.
I've tried acpi=off and the apic commands but I don't believe I'm entering them right?

When the grub loader goes into effect it gives me the option of the normal Debian install, a Debian install for single-user, and WinXP.

It then gives me the options to press keys-
E - for editing the commands as it boots up.
C - for a simplified command line interface.
B - to start the boot process.

However, I've been using "e" to give it more commands. Which brings up the commands that it already has entered.
I'm @ work atm so I'm going off of memory.
The first line has "root" and some stuff after it.
The second line has "kernel" and stuff after that.
The third line has something, I don't honestly remember.
The fourth line says savedefault, which I assume after a successful boot, saves the entire bootup command list.

So, everytime it fails and I reboot, I have to retype everything because it's not getting far enough to the point where it actually saves it.

So, I've been entering my commands added on @ the end of the kernel, because when I make space between that line and the line below it it states that the commands are not valid.

When I hit the "tab" key to have it give me a list of all available commands, it does not show the acpi=off or apic or anything along those lines. I was under the impression that they work under any linux os distribution, so that's why I assume I'm implimenting them improperly.

But yeah, I figured it was that error as well. I was assuming it was a problem with the IRQs, but I can't run the commands to get it to work the way I want...I've tried disabling all non-necessary items in the BIOS to free up the IRQ's, memory, etc. But it still occurs.

Any other ideas?
If you need more clarification just ask.
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"Sync" errors for the kernel are a sign of an unstable overclock most times.

It is the equivalent to a "Stop" in orthos, or BSOD in windows.


Clear your bios/get rid of your overclock, and it should solve the problem.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by TuxeyM View Post
"Sync" errors for the kernel are a sign of an unstable overclock most times.

It is the equivalent to a "Stop" in orthos, or BSOD in windows.


Clear your bios/get rid of your overclock, and it should solve the problem.


Brilliant deduction considering I'm not overclocked @ all.



EDIT: Another heads up, it's not the AV on the WinXP partition, as it was non-existant during install of linux.

Any other goers?
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what was it doing before the panic?

oh and a short explanation on the grub options

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root (hd2,0)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.20-i386-5 ro root=/dev/hdd1
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.20-i386-5
savedefault
amIright?

if you want to pass options to the kernel place them after "root=/dev/hdd1" and <tab> will not help you when you are typing in options
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where are your "swap" partition?
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I doubt he has one but about a gig of ram is all you need for booting
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Originally Posted by General View Post
what was it doing before the panic?

oh and a short explanation on the grub options


amIright?

if you want to pass options to the kernel place them after "root=/dev/hdd1" and <tab> will not help you when you are typing in options
Yes, that is the options.
What I meant by tab was it just displays the different commands I could enter when I start a new line of code.

And yes, no swap file, but I do have a gig of ram, and there is a lot of free space otherwise on the hdd in general.

EDIT: Ok, I tried creating a line between the root and the kernel with the commands, and it says commands are unknown, like it had been.

I tried tacking the commands @ the end of the root line, and tried to boot, but got no further than it has been. I'm thinking of mebbe reinstalling, and just trying dedicating the entire drive to Debian...But any other ideas would greatly be appreciated...I don't want to do that.
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add "vga=791" as an option and see if you can see what it says before the line
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