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  Author  Subject: Re: machine check exception error

Posted on 12-05-2001 02:21 p.m. ET  reply

Original Poster: "Mark W. Krentel" <>

> when i try and install redhat 7.2 or mandrake 8.1 on my pc i get an
> error that looks something like this:
> cpu#0: machine check exception: 0x

Sounds like a hardware problem, either the hardware is broken or
misconfigured or there's some component (mobo, cpu, memory, or disk
controller) that Linux can't talk to. Double check the box for what
CPUs are supported and that the CPU is a genuine Intel Pentium.

Try resetting the BIOS back to BIOS or Setup defaults. Try an older
version of Linux. You could try DOS/Windows, but just because Windows
runs doesn't necessarily mean that the hardware is correct. If you
suspected memory, try installing twice with half the memory, so if
there's a bad memory stick, then one time it won't be in the machine.
Check that the machine is not over clocked, or even try under clocking.

That would be my general approach. Try to get something running and
go from there. But this is one of the frustrating things about PC
hardware being so highly configurable, it can be difficult to track
down just what isn't right.

And try a google/linux search for "machine check exception".


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