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Bug#506614: Lenny RC1: kernel hangs during boot

Package: installation-reports
Version: Lenny installer RC1 businesscard ISO from

Method: burned ISO to CD and booted from CD
Machine: ancient home-built machine with QDI Legend V motherboard 
Processor: Intel Celeron (Covington) 266MHz
Memory: 640MB
Hard disks: Hitachi/IBM Deskstar 40GB

Base System Installation Checklist:

Initial boot worked:    [E]
Configure network HW:   [ ]
Config network:         [ ]
Detect CD:              [ ]
Load installer modules: [ ]
Detect hard drives:     [ ]
Partition hard drives:  [ ]
Create file systems:    [ ]
Mount partitions:       [ ]
Install base system:    [ ]
Install boot loader:    [ ]
Reboot:                 [ ]
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it

CD booted ok and installer started, kernel and initrd load ok but kernel hangs with the following message: 

(after ACPI, floppy, IDE and USB messages)

"Marking TSC unstable due to: TSC halts in idle."

This error is 100% reproducible on every attempt. Googling it seems to indicate that it's something to do with udev, which would make sense: last time Debian was installed on this machine, udev didn't exist (kernel was 2.6.8). 

Any tips? Is there a kernel parameter I can use to avoid this error?



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