I am trying to install FC4 on a Gateway E6100 desktop computer, and it fails early on. I have tried several options at the boot: prompt, but so far everything has failed. I have tried boot: by itself, and linux with the following options (one or more at a time):
I also tried the memtest86, and that works, because it doesn't try to load the kernel. Mediacheck tries to load the kernel, and locks up at the same place as trying to boot. I get:
Code: c8 fc ff 8b 45 4c 3d 3c 4b 24 1b (three lines of this)
<0> Kernel panic - not syncing: Attemped to kill init!
[<c01201eb>] panic +0x3b/0x1b0
plus several more lines before the computer stops hard.
The Gateway E6100 has an Intel (Wasp) Pentium 4 motherboard (I think that's an 875 chipset, but don't know for sure), a Prescott P4 3.2GHz CPU, 2GB DDR RAM, 1 Maxtor 80 GB hard drive on ATA (primary, master), one CW-RW/DVD combo drive, floppy, Nvidia NV34 (Monza) graphics card, Sound Blaster 5880.
Any ideas? I would like to load 3 or 4 distros on this computer, to show my supervisor various options. I was able to boot a Knoppix 3.9 cd, and write a partition table on the hard drive, and I have run the mediacheck on the FC4 disks (on another computer), and they all pass, so I know the disks are good, and the hardware appears to be good, so there must be some conflict as the kernel decompresses.