Problem with booting 2.0.30

Ole Gjerde (
Wed, 18 Jun 1997 21:40:02 -0500 (CDT)

A friend of mine has a plain Dell 486, and has been running various
versions of linux for about a year. He has used 2.0.29 since it came
out with no problems. But when trying to boot a 2.0.30 kernel(both
redhat 4.2 boot disk and self-compiled), it will only boot until the
console: messages. Basically you just barely get a glimse of the
console: messages when it reboots, and continues in this loop, like

uncompressing linux ... done
now booting kernel
console: 16 point font, 400 scans
console: colour VGA + 80x25 1 x virtual console (max 63)

This machine works perfectly with all other (stable) kernels, so it's
unlikely to be a hardware problem.

It's a plain 486 (Dell) and a SMC Elite ethernet card.
I don't have the details right here..

Any ideas what might be wrong?

Ole Gjerde
Studying Computer Science at North Dakota State University
"Unix _IS_ user friendly... It's just selective about who its friends are."
-- Unknown/Nem Schlecht