On Monday 01 December 2008, TN wrote: > I'm getting the following while the installation cd is booting when > trying to install etch 4.0r5 amd64 onto a HP DL 180 G5 server (dual > E5405's) > > code: a8 01 74 11 31 c0 81 fb 10 27 00 00 0f 94 c0 f7 d8 74 0f eb > console shuts up > <0> Kernel panic - not syncing. Attempted to kill init! > > I've tried with noapic & nolapic but no difference. > Etch 386 installs fine. > > I also tried installing Ubuntu server 8.10 and64, and it actually goes > through the entire installation, but refuses to boot once installed. > > Any ideas ? Sounds like the kernel does not like your system. One obvious thing to try is the etch-and-a-half installer, which uses and installs a more recent kernel than the original Etch release. See  for further info. Another thing you could try is to install Etch using the i386 kernel, and then try the 64-bits -amd64 kernel available for i386 (so you'll have a 64-bits kernel with a 32-bits userland). If that does not work your next step should probably be to file detailed bug reports against the specific kernel versions you have tried with kernel developers (either for the distribution or upstream). The information you included here is really not enough to do anything with (seems like you only included the bottom line instead of the full info of an oops). A mailing list for an installation system is not really the best place to go for help with kernel issues. Cheers, FJP  http://www.debian.org/releases/etch/etchnhalf http://www.debian.org/releases/etch/debian-installer/etchnhalf
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