theres nothing wrong about just want to play a little with linux
but to have linux working well you must solve the problems that it takes often
now you have the problem,you have to decide if you wanna solve or not
I hope that my indication about APIC may working on you, as I think, if you have a smp chipset (for multiprocessor) and a kernel that always enable APIC at boot.
the only way is "change" kernel. recompile
I'm not gonna tell you here how to make it. Theres tons of doc for your distro in the net and in your harddisk( I think) that explain how to do this.
There's nothing secret here
it's your choice ,
like mine that I've passed weird times trying to solve.
hope you'll be lucky like me
<> take care of your linux box! <>