Re: [SLE] Compaq and SuSE 8.2
From: Ben Rosenberg (ben_at_whack.org)
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2003 21:51:58 -0700 To: email@example.com
* Roberto Dohnert (firstname.lastname@example.org) [030730 21:43]:
>What OS did you have on it before, I had a similar problem when I upgraded my
>Presario from FreeBSD to SuSE Linux 8.0, for some reason SuSE install doesn't
>like UFS partitioned drives, if this is your problem reformat it as a DOS
>disk first then try your install.
Well, UFS partitioned drives have the same partition id as Linux swap
space. :) If you do an fdisk on the partition and look at the id numbers
that Linux fdisk assigns then you'll see that UFS (BSD or Solaris) would
be the same as swap. *laugh* You'd just have to delete the slice and
As far as the Compaq. The reason it's failing and why he can't turn off
APIC in the bios is that Pentium's (Gen1) from Compaq had a 35M partition
at the beginning of the drive that was in effect the bios. What has to
occur is that the machine must be..get this..smart started. This would
be booting off a Compaq smart start CD or floppy which would reinstall
this small partition and give control of the hardware settings back to
the user. Compaq was quite stupid in this respect..they did this to save
money on a $10 bios chip. Their servers are still like this as far as
the smart starting but at least most of the evil stuff is turned off
with their current servers or you can request a CD to fix the issue. I
don't know if he can get anything to help this machine. There might be
some kernel parameters that he could issue to have the kernel ignore
this stuff...but I forget what they are. And I believe 7.0 wasn't as
picky about this APIC and ACPI stuff.
>On Wednesday 30 July 2003 23:26, Donn aka n5xwb Washburn wrote:
>> Hey Group;
>> This is the first machine that I have tried to install SuSE on that
>> failed on the CD boot. It failed on something just after the detection
>> of the HD. An error message suggested turn of ACPI and I aslo added
>> APIC. But the same failure. It locks up the machine and mention (as I
>> remember) VFS.
>> It is on a 4 to 5 year old Compaq Presario (SP) Pentium ? with VIIx4
>> chipset Another reason not to buy a HP/Compaq..
>> Note: he has a old SuSE 7.0 installed and it boots. There is a story
>> about upgrading SuSE 7.0 today.
>> Speaking of memories 7.0 versus 8.2.
>> Any clues on how to solve this problem? Even KNOPPIX fails to boot.
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