Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 78936
Red Hat 8.0 Linux won't install on this laptop.
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:48:49 EDT
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Description of problem:
Installer hangs even in text mode when trying to install 8.0 on Compaq Presario
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Put in the cdrom and try to install in any mode.
Actual Results: system hangs and num lock does not even light up.
Mandrake 9.0 hangs in similar manner, with "kernel panic" comment.
This report was regarding MY Compaq 906US notebook computer -- as shown to Michael Waite earlier today. --Dick Miller
does this machine have an Radeon IGP chipset ?
using "linux nopcmcia ide=nodma nopcmcia isapnp=off nomce"
might get the installation going if so, but it'll be a bumpy ride ;(
Thanks for your response!
WinXP System Information says this Compaq 906US has an
ATI Mobility U1graphics chip. But that seems to be a YES, a relabelled Radeon IGP,
according to this article:
Compaq Presario 900 1500+: The Radeon IGP Goes Mobile:
"the Radeon IGP 320M, labeled an ATI Mobility U1 chip"
That sounds promising. I think I can test later tonight.
A further clue:
In SuSe Linux 8.1, it gets further than that when I Unload the Hardware
Driver for SCSI CD-ROM -- it's got an *IDE* Toshiba SD-R2312 CD-RW/DVD.
But it gags later in the Install, with NO software options to select.
I've now tried to install using that line of code:
linux nopcmcia ide=nodma nopcmcia isapnp=off nomce
Blue screen for perhaps two minutes, then a text install that can't
read the CD-ROM disc. No go. Other suggestions, please?
Radeon IGP isn't supported in Linux
We don't have any documentation. It doesn't behave nicely when you drive it in
generic "unknown device" ways either. People are working on this and have the
radeonigp sort of working with test kernels now. Hopefully the next Red Hat
release will handle it.
I'm suprised the last one failed - that ought to work for an install. When you
say it couldnt find the CD did it see the cd-rom drive during boot ?
Thank you! Guess I'll have to wait a while to see any Radeon IGP video
speed-up under Linux.
I'm back, and with a little progress to report.
This Compaq 906US computer now is booting in RHLinux 8.0, with "linux nopcmcia
ide=nodma nopcmcia" automated early in the boot-up, and with me typing in a,
then " nomce" when prompted by the grub boot-loader. My attempts to edit the
"nomce" into grub.conf haven't yet found a working combination. (It's
currently placed at the end of the "Title Red Hat Linux" lines, but that still
results in the "kernel panic" lock-up unless I also hit "a" in time and then
enter it manually.)
Although the built-in CD-RW/DVD-ROM combo drive and my Belkin Wireless PC Card
work fine under WinXP, I can't run them in Linux. Have yet to succeed with
xine, or to back up. Would love to get back the edge-scrolling feature of the
computer's Syntactics touch pad. Etc.
I don't yet have a functional computer under Linux, but hopefully it's getting
there. Holiday greetings to all.
Two days ago I reported:
"My attempts to edit the "nomce" into grub.conf haven't yet found a working
combination. (It's currently placed at the end of the "Title Red Hat Linux"
lines, but that still results in the "kernel panic" lock-up unless I also hit
"a" in time and then enter it manually.)"
Placing "nomce" at the end of the FIRST "Title Red Hat Linux" line does succeed
in automating THAT step. Now for the rest of my list...