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Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2006 10:25:19 +0100
From: Andreas Ericsson <>
Subject: Re: Owl and Intel 64 bit Xeon

Randy Greif wrote:
> I am trying to install Owl 2.0 now I have tried 1 & 1.1 etc. but it seems
> like everything I do I cannot fdisk the hard drives.
> let me start I have a Compaq DL380 PIII 700 Xeon 128mb RAM for now, two 18.2
> GB HDD on a compaq integrated smart array looks like version 1.68

You'll most likely have to build support for this as a module in a 
RAMdisk on the CD.

> I have tried it set up Raid 0, Raid 1, all the different configurations. I
> have updated the BIOS, the Smart start for Compaq, and followed everything
> Compaq
> said to install linux,and tried other OS's also trying to get one that will
> accept Owl. Now I am getting an error on boot up (nothing installed except
> compaqs controller software)
> the error
> "<0>Kernal Panic: Attempted to kill the idle task!"

This messages comes from kernel/exit.c if a kill-request originating 
within the kernel is sent to pid 0. In essence, this should never happen 
(hence the panic).

Is the CPU overclocked? Is it an SMP system? I think Xeon is a dual-core 
CPU, but I'm not sure if Xeon's are available as Pentium 3.

> "In idle task - not syncing"
> then it just sets there.

Naturally it just sits there. A kernel panic is somewhat akin to a 
normal program crashing. Something unexpected and illegal has happened 
and there are no sane options left to try.

> other times I got it to boot from the CD then it won't do anything from
> there no fdisk etc.

What output do you get from cfdisk? I'm fairly sure it doesn't say
"I won't do anything" no matter what you try.

Andreas Ericsson         
OP5 AB                   
Tel: +46 8-230225                  Fax: +46 8-230231

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