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#1 2013-11-17 12:59:11

From: Edrychwch o'ch cwmpas
Registered: 2012-03-22
Posts: 1,026

Old hardware - unable to boot - solved

Recently, I got hand on an old 64bit AMD Athlon 3000+ (single core) proc, with an old VNF3-250 - Chaintech motherboard from around 2005.

My attempt to run #! live (too see what is on 60GB HDD, hehe) failed already at the beginning of the boot, just after GRUB. OTOH, booting revealed that the one pf old Ubuntu's is installed, and it boots normally (although I didn't know password(s)).

After 'standard' procedure (hardware check; 'nomodeset', 'vga' and similar GRUB addition), symptoms boiled down to:
1) can't run live session (neither #!, nor SysResCD nor grml ... nothing)
2) can normally install #! on HDD, but after reboot, #! stops just after GRUB

So, after google search, and lots of trial-and-error, I discovered I have to add following to the GRUB:

noapic acpi=off irqpoll

(Those are, I suppose, I bit less known GRUB options.) Now the comp works flawlessly with fresh install of #!, except for occasional after-GRUB halting (about once in 10 reboots). Also, I can now boot various other distro: arch, ...

For the reference, here are those options, together with the more known ones, and with the explanation.

I hope this will help someone ....

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