I had the same basic trouble getting Mandrake Linux 9.1 to install on my
NForce2 based system (with NVidia graphics card) and 1GB RAM.
The following is the solution listed by Mandrake:
Booting the installer, a machine with a lot of memory (1GB or more)
hangs with flashing caps/scroll lock LEDs (Bugzilla #3198).
It seems as though there is framebuffer trouble with certain video cards
on machines with a high amount of memory.
At the installer splash screen when you first boot off the CD or floppy
disks, press F1 and type "linux vga=0".
You might try something similar with RedHat.
> On Tue, Jun 17, 2003 at 04:05:29PM +1000, Matthew Geier wrote:
> > I've got a geforce video card and am running the Nvidia drivers, so
> > I have a tainted kernel. At this point I think I'm stuck with it, as
> > it works before the kernel is 'tainted' with the Nvidia display
> > driver module...
> The earlier nv drivers did nasty things but it seems to be mostly gone
> now. If you do have a problem as a result of the nv drivers (and they
> are recent) then please report it to nvidia.
> > So I know what is dying now, even if I can't fix it :-)
> Maybe I missed something here, but what kernel gives you this problem?
> I doubt it's related the the nv drivers at all and may have been fixed
> in a more recent kernel.
Sean C. Kormilo, STORM Software Architect, Nortel Networks