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Bug#504016: Lenny Beta II + daily build, kernel dies after initrd.gz....ready.

On 01.11.2008 16:08:13, Frans Pop wrote:

> OK. This is very clearly a kernel problem, not an installer problem. We 
> can try one more thing, but I think you'll have to report this to the 
> upstream kernel developers.
> Please try booting in expert mode using a current daily built image with 
> the following added parameters:
>    debug earlyprintk=vga,keep edd=off

This did not give any other result.

But I found it by completely disabling almost everything in the BIOS,
getting a success, then systematically reenabling stuff.

It's the Promise ATA-100 BIOS. If I reset that BIOS from "Auto" to 
"Disabled", then I get the

  Ok, booting the kernel

message. The A7V Board has an ATA-66 controller in the chipset, plus an
additional ATA-100 Promise controller on the motherboard. The relevant 
lspci lines:

00:04.1 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C586A/B/VT82C686/A/B/VT823x/A/ C PIPC Bus Master IDE (rev 10)

00:0c.0 SCSI storage controller: LSI Logic / Symbios Logic 53c810 (rev 12)

00:11.0 Mass storage controller: Promise Technology, Inc. PDC20265 (FastTrak100 Lite/Ultra100) (rev 02)

It does /not/ help, to set boot priority to "SCSI/ATA100" (as I had 
done), and it does /not/ help, if I don't allow booting from it. The 
Promise BIOS /must/ be /disabled/ for booting the kernel from SCSI CD.

I guess, but don't know, that the Linux boot system ignores the boot
priorities of the BIOS, gets confused, and tries to find a CD at the 
Promise controller.

> It could also possibly an isolinux problem. have you tried installing the 
> Lenny kernel on your Etch system and booting that?

I won't even know how to do that.  ;-)  I know how to compile a kernel
for the running system with make-kpkg, but that's it.

I'm not a Linux freak, but a user. When I looked for Lenny news on the
website, I read that we should try the installer, so I did.


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