Debian Installation :: Disk Partitioning Consistently Triggers Computer Restart

Jan 3, 2016

I'm trying to perform a clean installation of 8.0.0-i386 from a CD. Seven consecutive attempts all result in the same issue: Almost immediately after commiting the disk partitioning settings (i.e., to begin formatting), the computer does a hard restart. I have tried doing the partitioning as early as possible in the installation process, just in case the system is running out of memory; I have also tried using the lowmem option. I suspect the problem may be related to my very old hardware...

Micronics serverboard 440BX chipset*
Dual Pentium II 450MHz CPUs*
1GB ECC RAM*
Adaptec AHA-2940UW SCSI adapter
IBM Ultrastar 36GB UW-SCSI HDD
ATAPI CD-ROM
Matrox G100 AGP video card*
*starred items are all original parts from an Intergraph server with validation/verification stickers attesting to their intercompatibility

No POST errors, the HDD passed verification using the Adaptec ROM utility, all unnecessary hardware removed

Could it be that I need an older release or some custom-compiled kernel? The only thing I could come up with on the web was that a lot of people have a similar failure with modern distros on non-PAE CPUs, but the P-II should not be susceptible to this problem.

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Code: Select allpartman:   No matching physical volumes found
partman:   No volume groups found
partman:   Reading all physical volumes. This may take a while...
partman-lvm:   No volumegroups found

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Harddrive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ
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Code:
Select allErr http://ftp.us.debian.org jessie/updates/main amd64 Packages
  404  Not Found [IP: 64.50.236.52 80]
Err http://ftp.us.debian.org jessie/updates/contrib amd64 Packages
  404  Not Found [IP: 64.50.236.52 80]
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[Code] ....

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Code:
Select alldeb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ jessie main non-free contrib
# deb-src http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ jessie  main non-free contrib

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Code: Select all$top
top - 12:00:30 up 47 min,  2 users,  load average: 2.11, 2.36, 2.40
Tasks: 155 total,   3 running, 152 sleeping,   0 stopped,   0 zombie
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[Code] ....

My current release is

Code: Select all$ uname -a
Linux GlobeTravelers 4.4.0-1-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 4.4.6-1 (2016-03-17) x86_64 GNU/Linux
$lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID:   Debian
Description:   Debian GNU/Linux testing-updates (sid)
Release:   testing-updates
Codename:   sid

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