I'm a pretty new newbie to linux. I just downloaded Redhat 7.2 disk images and installed them on a clean hd. (Athlon 800, Quantum 6 Gb, 512kb Ram, NVIDIA TNT2)

Install went without a hitch, but on first boot I got a message a lot like this one (this isn't my actual message because I had no way to copy it directly and was too lazy to write it out so I found the closest one I could on a forum, but there was no help there):

Unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at virtual address 0000003b
printing eip:
c026a16c
*pde = 00000000
Oops: 0000
CPU: 0
EIP: 0010:[<c026a16c>]
EFLAGS: 00010202
eax: ffffffff ebx: f7fbf000 ecx: 00000000 edx: 0000001f
esi: c1efffa4 edi: f7fbf284 ebp: 00000000 esp: c1effcb0
ds: 0018 es: 0018 ss: 0018
Process swapper (pid: 1, stackpage=c1eff000)
Stack: 0000001f 00000007 f7fbf000 c1efffa4 c0396955 c0396999 f7fbf000
00000000
00000000 c1effd20 c5571045 c0396a10 c1effd20 00000000 c1effd20
00000000
00000000 00000000 00000000 c1ef8390 00000000 c0396ae2 c1effd20
c1ef8390
Call Trace: [<c0105000>] [<c01050e7>] [<c0105593>]

Code: 8a 40 3c 25 ff 00 00 00 50 68 b6 15 33 c0 8d b3 64 02 00 00
Kernel panic: Attempted to kill init!

A friend told me it might be curruption on the disk images i downloaded, but wanted a second opinion before going through all that again.

Any help would be much appreciated.