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Re: Installation problem on ACER Travelmate 8104WLMi

marc said...
> marc said...
> > mirmasa said...
> > 
> > > I can't install debian sarge with kernel 2.6 on my laptop.
> > > 
> > > For solving preliminary problem during kernel loading I disabled acpi:
> > > 
> > > linux26 acpi=off
> > 
> > Less brutal is pci=noacpi
> >  
> > > even if with this option the kernel loads and I'm able to configure the
> > > network, the installer does not recognize my hard disk and so I can't
> > > continue installation
> > > 
> > > Any idea?
> > 
> > Try installing a 2.4 kernel first, then upgrade. If you can load 2.4, 
> > but 2.6 fails, then we can look at it again with more information.
> (I'm just bringing this back to the correct thread)
> As you suggested I installed with kernel 2.4 and then upgraded to 2.6 
> (kernel-image-2.6-686).

Okay, so 2.4 works.
> When I reboot the kernel 2.6 does not start. With the acpi=off option 
> the booting stack with the following errors:

Go with
# pci=noacpi
If you have hardware switches for wireless, Bluetooth, etc., for 
example, acpi=off will inhibit them from working, while pci=noacpi is 
far less aggressive. There could well be further hidden disabling of 
ACPI activity with acpi=off that may not become apparent until later.
> pivot_root: No such file or directory
> /sbin/init: 424: cannot open dev/console: No such file
> Kernel panic: Attempted to kill init!
> With google search I found that this problem should due to the SATA 
> driver, but I don?t know how to solve it.
> I also tried changing hdaX with sdaX in grub list

The symptoms that you've given suggest this fix. The chances are that 
the CD/DVD drive won't be visible, though, once you boot, without a 
kernel recompile.

Make sure that menu.lst is still intact, since kernel installation and 
removal automatically regenerates it. I keep my stanzas outside the 
automagic area, for this reason.

> and etc/stab but nothing changes.

I presume that you mean /etc/fstab. I don't think that the boot sequence 
has got this far yet, though.

> I can load kernel 2.4, yet.

That's not quite how we use "yet" ;-) I presume that you mean that 2.4 
is working - otherwise I suspect that you would have mentioned it.

I can only suggest a typo in menu.lst. BTW, you mustn't change the line:
# root (hd0,2)
or whatever values you have.

It might be worth posting the menu.lst stanza and fstab that you are 


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