Cannot boot Kernel

Cannot boot Kernel

Post by Anton Norup Soerens » Wed, 16 Aug 1995 04:00:00

I am trying to install Linux on a 386, but I cannot boot the kernel.
I am using the Slackware 2.3.0 kernels from
Every time it goes:
"Uncompressing Linux......Done"
(in some versions also "Large kernel, low 1M tight")
"Now booting the kernel"
.....and then it just hangs!

I have tried booting BARE, SCSI and XT from a 1.2MB bootdisk.
I have tried booting BARE and SCSI using Loadlinux from a DOS partition.

I have tried the tricks for machines with little RAM:
In floppy boot mounting root as the other floppy drive
In loadlinux stating root as B: and no or small ramdisk

The machine is an Acer 1100/33, i.e. 33MHz 386
RAM is 4MB

BIOS is not loaded into RAM

In CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT all * resident software has been deleted.

The Harddisk is unstacked, with partitions
44MB hopefully for Linux
6 Mb hopefully for swap space

Controller supports SCSI and ST412/ST501, EHDI, ESDI drives (whatever that is.)

Boot floppy is 1.2MB 5'25, the second is 1.44MB 3'5

I have previously installed Linux 0.99 and 1.2.1 on a 486 w. 8MB

Any suggestions on how I can get it running?


Anton Norup Sorensen


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