I got the latest CentOS (6.4) iso to install on my Toshiba Satellite laptop. It’s a few years old, but still works great, and I found myself hardly ever using the Windows 7 install. Unfortunately I ran into a bunch of AE_NOT_FOUND and ACPI errors, always causing a kernel panic. I tried a few different versions, including 6.2 and 6.1 that I already had with the same results. Oddly enough, I downloaded and successfully installed Ubuntu 13.04 64bit, but not wanting that to be my distro, I tried again, this time hitting [tab] at the install menu, and adding “acpi=off” at the boot line, and viola, that did the trick. For some reason the acpi driver is causing a system panic. Once the OS is installed and configured I’ll see if I can get it to turn back on. It can be very useful on a laptop.
Update: acpi=off worked for the CentOS installation, but once it was installed I could not boot. I was able to do this to turn acpi back on (otherwise it can cause your fan to stop working, causing a hang due to overheating):
acpi=enable pci=assign-busse acpi=ht
This successfully allowed my system to boot. Once it is completely booted, I will need to update my grub conf to ensure the settings are persistent.