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Ok, I've been trying to get some version of 2.4.x to boot on my laptop for
some time now with no luck. I figure it's either my UBD, a bug, or my hardware
just sucks, I'd like to figure out which.

Anyway, my specs:
Sony VAIO PCG-FX215
CPU AMD Duron 800
MB is Via82c686
128M ram
distro is Debian sid, but I've tried others that come with 2.4 kernel such as
Mandrake.
I think that's all the relevant stuff(?) but I can get the details on any
other hardware that might be relavent.

My errors:
I don't have any specifics because with different configs I get different
errors and I don't know how to get dumps of the errors, but the usual ones are
along the lines of:
unable to handle kernel paging request
kernel panick: tried to kill init
kernel panick: tried to kill the idle task

What I've tried:
setting cpu choice to amd/duron, pentium, 386, 686
enable/disable apm, acpi, pcmcia, usb, ieee1394 (and anything else that looked
good at the time, but I don't remember all of them).
passing mem=128M to the kernel (grasping at straws here)

Something else that may be helpful, I had to disable PCMCIA support to get the
Install CD to boot, and I've never gotten it or USB to work (I'm not very
concerned about those though, I don't have any PCMCIA cards or USB devices I
want to use).

2.2.x kernels boot fine (without pcmcia or usb) and I've been using 2.2.19 for
the past few months, but I have a DVD drive and I want to watch movies.

I read something rom ac a while back about AMD and VIA saying that it's just
broken, it's VIA's fault and to not expect a fix any time soon. How can I
verify that is/isn't me?

Anyway, I guess the first step is how can I go about gathering more info so
we can find out exactly what it is that's causing the problem?

TIA for any help.

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