Re: Unable to open initial console
On Sun, 7 Sep 1997, Jess Stryker wrote:
: About every 1 out of 3 times my computer boots I get
: a message that says something to the effect of:
: "Unable to open an initial console"
: and the boot process stops. I'm not familiar enough
: with the boot process to know what might be causing
: this and was unable to find anything helpful in the
: booting Howto. Does anyone have any advice for me?
: It's not a major problem, just annoying.
Hmm, sounds familiar. I'm sure someone will come up with a solution,
but I'll try to remember what my solution was.
: Information that may be related (?) or may indicate
: a completely separate problem:
: Two error messages always appear in the kernels boot
: "Failed initialization of WD-7000 SCSI Card!" I don't
: have any SCSI drives on this computer (to my knowledge!).
This is a device compiled into the stock kernel. Either roll your own
kernel, or use a boot parameter to avoid probing the controller.
: "PPA: unable to initialise controller at 0x378, error 2"
: What is PPA?
I believe this is the parallel port access for a ZIP drive. Same as
above ... if you don't need it, get rid of it.
For what it's worth, i routinely end up with a kernel that's about 62%
the size of the stock kernel after i recompile. One a small machine that
might make a difference.
: Hardware is:
: DFI G586-IPV motherboard with Intel 430VX 512K and
: AMD-K5 PR90 CPU. Award bios.
: 16 mb EDO 60ns
: Very old Maxtor 213MD hard drive
Hey, that's more power than my dialup server!! <grin>
: Hopefully that's too much information, but better too
: much than too little!!?
: Thanks very much for your assistance!
: Jess Stryker
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