new installation gives techno-puke - please help!!!

new installation gives techno-puke - please help!!!

Post by Bruce Chari » Thu, 20 Jul 1995 04:00:00

Most humblest apologies, but here is my pathetic situation:

I am trying to install Linux 2.3.0 on a pentium, here is the config.

P/I-P55TP4 motherboard with 90 MHz chip, Intel triton chipset
850 MB enhanced IDE hard disk
Mach 32 video card

After installing the RAMDISK from the color144 diskette, the system dies
giving me a screen full of techno-puke.  I have tried several versions of
Linux and have received the same response most of the time.  I was once able
to run fdisk, but the system soon crapped out with  a "segmentation fault"

I suspected the RAM, but it proved okay after an extensive test from Norton's.
I have also tried fiddling with the BIOS settings especially the plug and play
options, but to no avail.

Has anyone out there tried installing Linux on this type of Pentium system?
I have been successful installing Linux on earlier model Pentiums and
several 486's so you can imagine how annoying this is.

Many thanks for any help you can offer.

Bruce Chariot                          Electrical and Computer Engineering
Technical Specialist-Computer Systems  McMaster University

Bus: (905) 525-9140 x27418             1280 Main Street West
Fax: (905) 525-1276                    Hamilton, Ontario, Canada  L8S 4K1


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