[CentOS] Kernel panic since CentOS 5.2 upgrade

Olaf Mueller daily-planet at istari.de
Tue Jun 24 20:01:01 UTC 2008


since upgrading to CentOS 5.2 my notebook hangs while booting with
a "Kernel panic - not syncing: Fatal exception" error. Here is a
screenshot: http://www.istari.de/olaf/centos/r0013878.jpg

# uname -a
Linux beutelsend.istari.de 2.6.18-53.1.21.el5 #1 SMP Tue May 20 09:34:18
EDT 2008 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux

# grep kernel /etc/grub.conf
        kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.18-92.1.1.el5 ro
root=/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00 acpi=off noapic apm=power-off

# cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor       : 0
vendor_id       : GenuineIntel
cpu family      : 6
model           : 5
model name      : Pentium II (Deschutes)
stepping        : 2
cpu MHz         : 266.637
cache size      : 512 KB
fdiv_bug        : no
hlt_bug         : no
f00f_bug        : no
coma_bug        : no
fpu             : yes
fpu_exception   : yes
cpuid level     : 2
wp              : yes
flags           : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 mtrr pge mca cmov
pat pse36 mmx fxsr up
bogomips        : 533.80

Ok, that toshiba tecra 8000 notebook is very old, but I use it as a thin
client. And for that it makes a great job.
I have had no such problem under CentOS 5 and 5.1.

Should I stay with kernel 2.6.18-53.1.21.el5 or is there a workaround?

Thank you very much.

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