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Re: SOLVED (mostly): How to Boot a Dell Optiplex 320?

Kent West wrote:
Kent West wrote:
Apparently the Dell Optiplex 320 is one odd piece of computer; the 'Net is full of people having trouble installing Linux on it. And I've just spent a day and a half trying to find a version of Windows that would install on it so I could update the BIOS to the most recent version, hoping that'd help.

The best solution I've seen so far is to use this line at the installer's (Etch, I believe) LILO prompt:

boot: install pci=nomsi

That gets me farther than anything else I've tried, but when it tries to find the CD-ROM, it can't find the drive. (Apparently there's something really mucky about the SATA controller on this particular model of Dell.)

So I tried going the route of doing a network install via http://www.goodbye-microsoft.com, but it installs grub and doesn't give me any option to feed the "pci=nomsi" parameter (or any other similar parameters); I've been unable to find a way to force this grub install to let me add boot arguments.

Anyone have any suggestions?

(Wow! I never thought I'd consider a Dell to be absolute cr*p, but this is it.)



I've just discovered that upgrading from the 2.6.18-6-686 kernel to the 2.6.24-1-686 re-introduces a hang-up on booting. D'oh! (choosing the old 2.6.18 kernel from lilo gets me going again, though - whew! Stupid Optiplex 320!)

Kent West

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