LMDE needs acpi=off to boot

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LMDE needs acpi=off to boot

Post by mag » Sat Sep 17, 2011 1:57 pm

Hello.

I've just installed LMDE (201109, gnome, 32bit) on an emachines e4062 (ATI Radeon xpress 200 video card).

I can't get it to boot unless I configure grub with acpi=off. None of the other acpi debug options I know of works.

The problem is that this stops one my two intel Pentium D processors from being recognised, even after I installed the 686-PAE kernel.

I've tried installing the proprietary ATI video driver - no difference.

Funny thing is, the same machine also has Linux Mint 11 main edition installed - and it works fine with PCI=noacpi and the default linux radeon drivers (though on it too if I use acpi=off only one processor is recognised).

Any help very much appreciated.

Thanks

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Re: LMDE needs acpi=off to boot

Post by mag » Sun Sep 18, 2011 6:24 am

A bit more info from inxi -F in case it heps anyone to help me (please :? ).

System: Host e4062 Kernel 2.6.39-2-686-pae i686 (32 bit) Distro Linux Mint Debian Edition
CPU: Single core Intel Pentium D (-UP-) cache 1024 KB flags (lm nx sse sse2 sse3) bmips 5333.71 clocked at 2666.855 MHz
Graphics: Card ATI RC410 [Radeon Xpress 200] X.Org 1.10.2.902 Res: 1280x1024@60.0hz
GLX Renderer N/A GLX Version N/A Direct Rendering N/A
Audio: Card ATI IXP SB4x0 High Definition Audio Controller driver HDA Intel BusID: 00:14.2
Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture Version 1.0.24
Network: Card Realtek RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ driver 8139too v: 0.9.28 at port 1000 BusID: 02:02.0
Disks: HDD Total Size: 120.0GB (3.4% used) 1: /dev/sda WDC_WD1200BB 120.0GB
Partition: ID:/ size: 47G used: 3.9G (9%) fs: ext4 ID:swap-1 size: 1.47GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap
Info: Processes 128 Uptime 1 min Memory 155.5/1389.0MB Runlevel 2 Client Shell inxi 1.4.23

The oddities that I see are:

(i) This is a dual core processor (but then acpi=off, and that seems to stop the second processor being recognised in mint main edition, as well as in LMDE)
(ii) The fglrx driver I installed doesn't seem to get a mention - not sure if this is logical with acpi-off or not.

As you've probably gathered, I'm not exactly a whiz with this stuff. I was just looking for a rolling release distro OS that will serve on a 6 year old family desktop. Maybe it is asking too much of the machine - I am reluctant to return to XPSP3 though.

The other odd thing is that while the major distros have had hardware problems (post Mint 8/Ubuntu 9 acpi tweaks are needed but LMDE is the first to need acpi=off - which for my purposes I think makes it unuseable), the latest versions of the small distros (Puppy, Slitaz) run absolutely fine on this machine (and like lightning - though they are in memory, not on HDD). They aren't really family desktop OSes though.

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