As mentioned previously, I’m reusing a Dell Dimension E521 to run my media server in CentOS 5.5. The funny thing is that I couldn’t start up the system because it would hang at “Starting udev”. I looked at the boot sequence and noticed that it was trying to initialize peripheral drivers. So, I went ahead and started disabling peripherals from the BIOS. The sound card did the trick.
I’m installing CentOS 5.5 on an old Dell E521 in the hopes to use it for my new media server. The first time I booted to the CD, I was presented with the normal Disc Boot Install options of running it graphical or text. I chose graphical, and the system halts at a line that says: “Enabling HT MSI Mapping”. I waited 5 minutes and there was no movement, so I restarted the system and was back at the Disc Boot Install screen. From here, I decided to type in “linux noapic” and the install has gone through. Just a little tip!