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Old 12-22-2006, 09:10 PM   #1
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Toshiba Laptop fried--Strange Message while booting Ubuntu


Hi all--

This isn't a *nix-specific question, it's about my laptop that refuses to start Ubuntu (or Windows, or any other operating system). I replaced the HDD (so that isn't the problem), I still get this error:
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[17179573.6280000] PCI: Cannot allocate resource region 0 of device 0000:05:06.0.
Right after the loading bars for Ubuntu.

What does this mean? I was told by tech support that the motherboard needed replacing--and I'd like to make sure that its not simply a single component before I replace the whole thing.

Thanks for any suggestions.
 
Old 12-22-2006, 09:49 PM   #2
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Its basically saying that the PCI device at bus address 05:06.0 is dead. If you happen to know what that is (from an old lspci printout or someone else with the same model and configuration), you can tell what failed. It could be your IDE/SATA interface to the HD/CD/DVD, or some other device on the motherboard. In any case, the BIOS considers it severe enough that it will not continue the boot process.

If this isn't a warranty repair, consider the cost against a new machine.
 
Old 12-22-2006, 10:22 PM   #3
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Actually, if you've gotten to the part wheere the OS has loaded then the BIOS is completely out of the picture and can't possibly stop the boot process. However, the PCI device might very well be dead. I would suggest the OP try a minimal OS load with no hardware probing or use of ACPI or APIC (add the noacpi and noapic arguments to the kernel command line in GRUB) to see if that helps.
 
Old 12-22-2006, 10:29 PM   #4
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Wow... Thanks so much, thats the best answer I've gotten yet!

So whats the best way to figure out what device is at that address? I used noacpi and noapic and nothing changed, still get the error. Are there any other args i can add?

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Old 12-28-2006, 02:35 AM   #5
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Sorry to say this, but it might be your graphics chip.
Your BIOS hands over to your bootloader, then it all goes pear shaped.
Can't allocate resource region 0 for device 000:05.06.0. sounds like graphics memory to me.
Was your normal boot in graphic or text flying by? But now is it in text, white on black? Then freaks at trying to get graphics working.
It may be the tech guy is right, too pricey to repair.
I may be wrong, sometimes I get foot in mouth syndrome, only open my mouth to change feet.

Hope this sheds some light. Good luck.

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Old 12-29-2006, 12:35 AM   #6
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Thanks,

The boot-up text looks normal to me... Nothing noticably different until after loading bars (for any OS).

Is replacing the motherboard the answer?
 
Old 01-10-2007, 04:35 PM   #7
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Okay, I finally got the laptop to boot into Ubuntu, so I was able to find out that 05:06.0 is listed as "CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCIxx21/x515 Cardbus Controller. Why would this be causing problems?? And what can I do to fix it?
 
Old 01-10-2007, 04:41 PM   #8
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Quote:
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Okay, I finally got the laptop to boot into Ubuntu, so I was able to find out that 05:06.0 is listed as "CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCIxx21/x515 Cardbus Controller. Why would this be causing problems?? And what can I do to fix it?
Sorry to ask a stupid question, but are there any cards plugged in the cardbus slots?
 
Old 01-10-2007, 04:46 PM   #9
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Nope. How would this be causing the laptop not to start? Or is there another problem?
 
Old 01-10-2007, 05:44 PM   #10
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This May Sound Silly

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Nope. How would this be causing the laptop not to start? Or is there another problem?
Got any kids? You might want to check if there are any "foreign objects" stuck in there. I once chased my tail for days trying to figure out a somewhat similar problem only to find out it was caused by the gnawed end of a lollipop stick! My daughter had been watching Daddy working on the computer and I guess she wanted to give it a go.

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Old 01-10-2007, 06:01 PM   #11
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Even if a lollipop stick is absent, check the slot with a flashlight. There will be a double row of pins - make sure none are flatened or shorted. In any case, the controller could have died. As it sits on the PCI bus, all peripheral communication to the CPU could be impacted. No data or corrupted data == no boot.
 
Old 01-10-2007, 06:44 PM   #12
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That sounds like what's wrong... At first glance I don't see anything out of the ordinary, but then again I'm no expert.

EDIT: I took a closer look and it does look like one of the pins on the bottom is out of place. What steps should I take next?

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Old 01-10-2007, 07:25 PM   #13
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The pins used are very strong, but brittle. Attempting to bend them, even slightly can cause them to snap. The best way to attempt it is to disassemble the laptop and remove the card cage, then use foreceps to gently straighten the pin. This will not make the slot usable; once bent, the pin no longer has any strength. The next card insertion will likely flaten it or snap it off. If it was the only cause of your problem, you should be OK to boot. If it works, the card cage should be replaced; it should be marked with a vendor part number, and there are several online vendors that will sell you a replacement, or you can buy a DOA unit for parts from Ebay.

If you're not up to the task, before you consider paying a vendor for an out of warranty repair, consider the cost of a replacement laptop. Price have dropped quite a bit in a short time.
 
Old 01-10-2007, 07:49 PM   #14
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I have two laptops that give that same message running kubuntu and fc6. It has never stopped them from booting. I realize that's not much help except maybe to keep you from going on a wild goose chase.
 
Old 01-10-2007, 11:06 PM   #15
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Thanks--I know I can get Ubuntu running fine (probably) but what happens when I want to put the dreaded Windows XP on it? I try to install Windows and the computer shuts down when installation reaches the "installing devices" phase (I assume this is also related to the CardReader). Can I somehow install Windows and have it just ignore the card reader?

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If you're not up to the task, before you consider paying a vendor for an out of warranty repair, consider the cost of a replacement laptop. Price have dropped quite a bit in a short time.
The laptop has already been replaced. I'm just seeing if I can resurrect this one as a side project.

Thank you so much for all the help!

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