Kernel panic / old computer

Hi,

i tryed to install OpenSuse on my old computer.
I put the CD into the CD-device, start the computer and select to start OpenSuse Live CD.
A Loading Bar appears and 2 minutes later i get a kernel panic.
I searched the internet for a solution, but i found nothing usefull.
I added some Pics to this thread…first a scrennshot of the last messages before kernel panic, and second the technical dates of the computer.

Pics:
Scrennshot Kernel Panic

Computer Infos Part 1

Computer Infos Part 2

Computer Infos Part 3

I would be very happy, if someone could help me :).

Which image did you use? If openSUSE-11.1-KDE4-LiveCD-i686, then your AMD K6 is not a 686 so it will not work. Also 311MB RAM is not enough to run the LiveCD. You could try installing using the netinstall CD, if you have another computer on which to mount the DVD and export it over the LAN.

I used openSUSE-11.1-GNOME-LiveCD-i686.iso.
I dont have the possibility to build a LAN connection the the computer.
Is there an other way to install OpenSUSE from CD.
Should i try an other image??

You could try the 11.0 CD, which is built for 586, but you still have insufficient RAM. Perhaps you could try creating a swap partition beforehand, using a rescue CD like gparted. But it will still be slow. Perhaps you should try a lighter distro.

Ok, thanks for the tips.
I already tried Puppy Linux, this is a lighter Distribution, i think.
But i get the same kernel panic message after starting.
I also tried other Distributions and have the same problem all the time. >:(

You may have instabiity problems with your CPU. Try underclocking it a little. I once had a K6-350 which needed to be run at 333MHz for stability.

i guess that old computer is better suited for an operating system
made the same year it was born…the hardware requirements for
openSUSE 11.1 is listed here:

http://en.opensuse.org/Sysreqs
http://www.novell.com/products/opensuse/sysreqs.html

the AMD K-6 was a great processor in its day, TEN YEARS AGO…it made
OS/2 Warp v3 and Windows 98 nearly fly…

i am aware that there is a rumor that Linux runs on old systems, and
it does…i’d guess that your computer would run any Linux produced in
1998 real well…see if you can find Red Hat or SuSE about versions
5.x or 6.x

modern linux distros will also run better on modern hardware than most
of the stuff out of Redmond Washington…

oh, and kernel panic is most often (in my experience) due to RAM or
problems…you might try running memtest…but even with double the
RAM you have, and no RAM problems i still don’t think you can force
that K6 to run the latest kernels…


brassy

try **** Small Linux (DSL) or Puppy Linux :wink:

I doubt SUSE will be very comfortable with your hardware, if at all

Now i tried Puppy Linux Live CD 5 times, 4 times i get kernel panic and 1 time it starts :sarcastic:
I dont understand???
Does someone know what this could mean???

> Does someone know what this could mean???

  1. flaky/bad/not enough RAM
  2. cat hair in the cooling pathways
  3. other hardware problem


brassy

did you check your RAM as suggested? It could very possibly be a HW problem

Yes, i runned memtest with 8 passes, there was no problems.

Is your motherboard one of those that takes some RAM from the top of memory for use by the video controller? If so you may not have as much RAM as the BIOS claims, and when the kernel loads it uses invalid addresses. You could try forcing the memory size by telling the kernel how actually have. Add something like:

mem=256M

to the boot parameters.

Also check if the BIOS has a setting that makes a hole in the memory, e.g. from 15M to 16M. This is a no-no for Linux so turn it off.

brassy wrote:
>
> oh, and kernel panic is most often (in my experience) due to RAM or
> problems…you might try running memtest…but even with double the
> RAM you have, and no RAM problems i still don’t think you can force
> that K6 to run the latest kernels…
>

My laptop with a K6 runs openSUSE 11.1 with the standard 2.6.27
kernel, and a home-built 2.6.30 kernel. I have 512 MB RAM, and do not
run a GUI on that machine as the lower half of its display is garbled
and it is all I can do to read text. It is used to test the PCMCIA
versions of b43 and b43legacy.

Larry