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Redhat and Corel installs crash on Intel HX motherboards

Nov 24, 1999, 22:54 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gerald Goodrich)

Disclaimer: Mr. Goodrich's report has not been verified by Linux Today. It is provided for the information of our readers and to generate more extensive investigation into the 'single processor but multi-processor capable' issue.

[ Linux Today reader Gerald Goodrich writes: ]

Both Corel and RedHat 6.1 install diskettes or CD crash on many motherboards with a single processor but a multi-processor capable chipset such as an Intel HX. A Specific example is a Tyan S1563S.

The problem is that the install diskette (or CD) assumes multiple processors if it sees such a chipset. They crash attempting to init the APIC which doesn't exist.

This appears to be a needless fatal bug. If the install assumed a single processor it would work on all systems and SMP could be turned on later. I know of no work around for Corel but with Redhat, "linux updates noapic" solves the startup problem but, unfortunately, games must be played to get the hard disk config corrected.

A warning to such users might be in order. I've noticed many posts in the Corel newsgroups which appear to be this problem but unrecognized.

Better yet, I boot floppy that disn't make the rash multi-processor assumption would make the problem go away!

Gerald Goodrich