Re: [debian-knoppix] Dell computers
Unfortunately, This large corporation with 200,000+ employees only seems
to buy Dell. I'm trying to move small segments off the influence of
Now, when the kernel boots, it does complain
Error : only one processor found
Then an obscure PCI conflict error but I don't have that here handy to
The bad part though is its hard to sell Linux if simply putting in a
is enough to so trash the box that it will not even boot into the BIOS.
This morning, I had to remove the battery from the motherboard to reset
That finally got it running again.
Klaus Knopper wrote:
On Mon, Apr 07, 2003 at 07:16:53PM -0500, Michael Grenier wrote:
I've been running Knoppix 3.2 3-28-03.en version and it seems to run great
everywhere but on the Dell computers which I'm using at work.
When booting from the CDROM, all looks good until it starts the X server.
At that point, the screen goes blank. Now here is what's interesting.....
If I power down and reboot, I can not even get the BIOS screen to come up
on the computer. I have to pull the video card out of the box and use
video to recover. It seems to run OK with the onboard video.
Since the screen goes blank, I do not have a good record of the errors.
It has dies consistently on a couple different versions of the Dell
Optiplex line. The last one I tested was the older Dell Optiplex GX260
I would recommend not buying any of these machines. There are repeatedly
reported hardware bugs, for example, if you do a software poweroff, the
machine won't start up again unless you unplug it completely for some
time. It is a design flaw in the ram controller that does not recover
from a software poweroff.
As far as I was told, Dell already knows about this error. I don't know
whether they plan to do anything about it or not.