[Ma-linux] Laptop boot problem -- Debian
craig at zenzic.net
Thu Jan 31 14:45:23 EST 2008
See these instructions on the averatec, I am not familiar with them.
Even the instructions for different distributions and different models
might be useful so don't be too picky about only looking at exact
matches for model number and debian.
I would also try a knoppix disk and see if that works any better and
bypassing the step that is blocking your progress.
From your description of PC card services I would suspect *pcmcia*, but
I would try with either debian or knoppix to disable the stuff that is
perhaps poorly supported on an older laptop like acpi.
And/Or try some different boot parameters when the debian cd boots like
On knoppix this would be something like knoppix no pcmcia
no pcmcia <---
I wish I had time to hunt down some better more specific examples, but I
Alan McConnell wrote:
> A friend from NYC is down here, with a rather ancient laptop,
> an "Averatec", if that means anything to anyone. He asserts that
> it runs Windoze real good.
> We've freed up disk space and we want to put Debian on it. We
> boot off of the first disk, answer the questions about English,
> American, etc(so the machine is certainly able to read the CD
> and boot the kernel), and then the machine starts to investigate
> the hardware.
> And it hangs at "Entering PC card services". The red bar just
> doesn't complete, even after a minute or so.
> I don't know what "PC card services" means. I hope that one
> or more member of the Assembled Wisdom can help. In particular,
> I hope that some appropriate "boot parameters" can get the
> install past this stage.
> My friend goes back to NYC tomorrow evening. So, if I get cogent
> answers we can try again tomorrow morning.
> Any and all help very much appreciated!
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