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Boot Problem From LiveUSB

Postby aroundi on Thu Sep 17, 2009 3:52 pm

Hello All,

I am new to this forum (although I've been reading various posts trying to get my new laptop up and running). I've just purchased a Gateway LT3103u netbook with the following specs:

AMD Athlon™ 64 L110 Single-Core Processor (1.2GHz, 800MHz FSB, 512KB L2 Cache)
2048MB DDR2 533MHz SDRAM Single Channel Memory
250GB SATA hard drive
ATI Radeon® X1270 Graphics and AMD RS690E Chipset
RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet Controller
Ar9285 Wireless Network adapter

I am trying to boot from LM7-64 LiveUSB (MD5 checksum OK) and get the following after selecting any of the boot options from the menu ...

After about 90 seconds of the Linux Mint logo and an activity bar I get:

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[0.776002] ..MP-BIOS bug: 8254 timer not connected to IO-APIC
[3.208015] ata1: softreset failed (device not ready)
modprobe: FATAL: Could not load /lib/modules/2.6.28-11-generic/modules.dep: No such file or directory

[6.004561] powernow-k8: BIOS error - no PSB or ACPI_PSS objects
Loading, please wait...

Busybox v1.10.2 (Ubuntu 1:1.10.2-2ubuntu7) built-in shell (ash)
Enter"help" for a list of built-in commands.
(initramfs)


I've seen some posts that talk about Bios problems and buggy DSDTs, but I'm not sure how to approach this specific issue. Any help someone could offer would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
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Re: Boot Problem From LiveUSB

Postby Husse on Sat Sep 19, 2009 3:44 pm

Welcome to Mint
It looks like you've got a problem...
Can you run lspci on it?
If so please post
I'll have to add this to my list of nuts to crack
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Re: Boot Problem From LiveUSB

Postby Husse on Sat Sep 19, 2009 5:36 pm

I discovered this post - it seems that there is a problem with the LT3103u
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Re: Boot Problem From LiveUSB

Postby aroundi on Sat Sep 19, 2009 6:59 pm

Hi Husse,

Thanks for the reply and the warm welcome. I've made some progress ...

While booting the LiveUSB if the flash drive is removed momentarily then reinserted the systems boots successfully. The "8254 timer" and "softreset" errors appear just before X starts.

I've also installed onto the hdd and updated from synaptic, but still get the 2 errors but the boot is successful (yeeha). It would be nice to get rid of these errors and I'm wondering if they are contributing to my subsequent problem ... My wireless adaptor is not recognized. I thought I'd look around the forum / net and see if I could make any headway on my own before opening a new topic in the networking section (I think I may running out of things to try without help though).

Here's my lspci
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mark@mercury ~ $ lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS690 Host Bridge
00:01.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS690 PCI to PCI Bridge (Internal gfx)
00:05.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS690 PCI to PCI Bridge (PCI Express Port 1)
00:06.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc RS690 PCI to PCI Bridge (PCI Express Port 2)
00:12.0 SATA controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 Non-Raid-5 SATA
00:13.0 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI0)
00:13.1 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI1)
00:13.3 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI3)
00:13.4 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI4)
00:13.5 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB Controller (EHCI)
00:14.0 SMBus: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 SMBus Controller (rev 14)
00:14.1 IDE interface: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 IDE
00:14.2 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA)
00:14.3 ISA bridge: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 PCI to LPC Bridge
00:14.4 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 PCI to PCI Bridge
00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RS690M [Radeon X1200 Series]
03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller (rev 02)
04:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)
mark@mercury ~ $




Many thanks
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Re: Boot Problem From LiveUSB

Postby Husse on Sun Sep 20, 2009 6:33 am

still get the 2 errors but the boot is successful

Does it stall for some time or do you just find the messages in a log?
And if I'm not mistaken I have just helped someone with an AR9285 wifi
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Re: Boot Problem From LiveUSB

Postby aroundi on Mon Sep 21, 2009 4:41 am

Hi,

After selecting boot option from GRUB I get black screen The "Starting up ...", then the 2 errors are output to screen ( 3rd line appears but goes by so fast - possibly the ACPI error from above). There's not much of a stall. I'm wondering if these could be caused by a buggy DSDT?

Also, the backports to Jaunty fixed my wifi.

Tx
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Re: Boot Problem From LiveUSB

Postby Husse on Mon Sep 21, 2009 7:01 am

buggy DSDT

It sure can be
The forum member 67GTA helped me to get a better DSDT
67GTA posted a howto for changing your DSDT file
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Re: Boot Problem From LiveUSB

Postby aroundi on Mon Sep 21, 2009 9:32 am

Yeah, I've been reading a lot of his posts. I decompiled my DSDT and have some errors that I didn't see a fix for. I'm not sure they are even important. I think I'll try to ask him for help. He's done some unbelievably excellent support for others I've noticed.
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