Debian install - kernel panic

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ok, thanks for the tips both Smilie

* First I attached another HD. It gave the same error booting from cd.
* Then I took the suggestion to go to the bios and set to default. (that changed my first bootingdevice priority, so I put that back to cd)
but booting from cd still not work...
* In the meantime I downloaded the netinstall but the same frustrating result when trying to boot it.

This is sooo weird
I wonder if it could have maybe anything to do with that small battery for the bios?..that one has never been replaced.
Could that give this effect..?
# 9  
Unlikely to be the BIOS battery (since you're not powering down between setting the BIOS to default and booting). It would probably tell you that the BIOS contents were invalid if the battery was flat. Also, the clock time would come up as really historic.

Okay, have you added any new hardware to the system since this last worked? Such as an add-in card of some sort? Do you have anything plugged into any USB port? If so, unplug it.

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Also, does your BIOS settings allow you to set the disk controller mode (eg, set to IDE, AHCI, etc)? If so, try the other modes.
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You probably have to tell it to load libata before boot.
A library? Is there a debian documentation for that? I never saw anything mensioned about libata being necessary, in releasenotes/wiki in order to use Debian.

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It's probably not even finding your cdrom without it.
It does boot from cdrom. I even get the full color installmenu. And when I 'enter' on install, it goes all black and says the kernelpanic thing. I tried expert install as well..all the same.

Not the battery... ok, makes sense what you say. good to know Smilie

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have you added any new hardware to the system since this last worked?
Yes I did. I changed the mouse which is now usb (instead of ps2 or what s the name) I'll check it out.
# 11  
You did not answer the question about whether you were booting from a modern install CD or your old install CD, so I am forced to assume a modern one.

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Originally Posted by drum159
* First I attached another HD.
If it was another PATA hard drive, it's still liable to be the same PATA-related error.
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* Then I took the suggestion to go to the bios and set to default. (that changed my first bootingdevice priority, so I put that back to cd) but booting from cd still not work...
If you were still booting from PATA drives, it's still liable to be the same PATA-related error.
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* In the meantime I downloaded the netinstall but the same frustrating result when trying to boot it.
If you're still booting from PATA drives, it's still liable to be the same PATA-related error.

The error means it can't find the hard drive and/or cdrom. This is with very few exceptions hard drive controller driver related, and certainly not a mouse problem.

You probably need to tell the CD to load relevant drivers as I mentioned earlier. See what options the cd has for boot and look for alternate kernels or instructions which tell it to load libata.

Last edited by Corona688; 08-14-2015 at 04:47 PM..
# 12  
May you should look for GRUB2 repair download. I recently installed bsd on an six year old laptop, it worked with GRUB2 repair. Nontheless, have a look at your bios first device to boot. This should work even with systemd and jessie. There is also a way to get it work without systemd. I suppose it ain't your hardware but the installer itself. Be happy not to struggle with UEFI. Otherwise you plug in the grub2 repair on an usb-drive and then run the CD-Installation. At least you can give it a try.
# 13  
A grub problem would not cause a kernel panic, particularly not this kernel panic. If grub had any trouble working or locating partitions, it wouldn't load the kernel at all.
# 14  
Can you try booting older release of debian (i think you mentioned old ones work), just to confirm it is not the issue with kernel version or the disk itself.

If that test does not pass, check jumpers on the IDE disk, try various combinations (CS, Master, Slave).
Do you have other disks inside ?

If the test passes (old version of debian works) then post output of (during live cd or old version installed)
As root:
Code:
lshw > hw.txt

Attach the hw.txt, perhaps some bugs can be found online regarding specific hardware combinations but i cannot promise anything Smilie

Hope that helps
Regards
Peasant.
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