I have a packard bell ze7 it's a x64 machine and it only has BIOS.

Before I got it, I thought that's a non-existent combination...

I'm building Gentoo by hand, my own initramfs, all that good stuff. I've done it before a couple of times(successfully), and as it's not a sufficient number, I'm not sure if I'm doing everything correctly. The reason I'm asking -- I haven't done it with BIOS and I haven't used GRUB, and I'm getting an error. I'm booting from grub prompt(because it doesn't boot by itself for some reason): set root..,linux ..., boot. And I'm getting "Kernel panic - not syncing: attempted to kill init!" (Code: Bad RIP value)

So I'm wondering if it has anything to do with the machine being x64 and having only BIOS at the same time?


x86-64 CPUs, from both AMD and Intel, pre-date UEFI, so it was common for a while to see 64-bit systems with only old-style BIOSs. It is still possible to boot them, with new kernels, so it should be possible to boot your Packard Bell.

I can’t guarantee that your failure is unrelated, but it could easily be related to something else. Attempting to kill init means it’s booted far enough to start init...

  • why then the table at wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/GRUB2 (pc there means bios) says it's only possible on 32-bit? – Dan A. Jul 10 at 20:21
  • Because you use the i386 version of GRUB2 to boot from the BIOS, even if you’re booting a 64-bit kernel. (The PC I’m writing this from now is a 64-bit PC which boots from BIOS using GRUB2.) – Stephen Kitt Jul 10 at 21:04

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