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Old 03-27-2002, 12:33 PM   #1
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Linux hangs the system at reboot

I have a COMPAQ Presario 1210us notebook. I'm dual-booting WinME and Linux (distribs vary) with XOSL boot manager.

Certain versions of Linux cause my machine to hang when it restarts. It restarts fine with WinME (or any other version of windows). Mandrake 8.1 worked just fine (no reboot problems). Red Hat 7.2 on the other hand, hangs. And I've recently discovered that Mandrake 8.2 does the same thing (hangs).

The machine restarts, I see the "COMPAQ" screen and the cursor appears in the top-right corner and everything hangs. They keyboard won't respond. All of my battery/power lights light up. Nothing responds. The hard drive shuts down and the fans continue to hum.

Someone said it's a hardware problem. I don't believe that. I think it's the way the OS is invoking the restart via the BIOS (I really don't know -- I'm speculating).

If Mandrake 8.1 can work, why can't 8.2? Is this a kernel issue, perhaps? Or is there a config file I could edit? I really don't know at this point.

If anyone can provide me with any kind of info, I'd really appreciate it.


Old 03-27-2002, 08:27 PM   #2
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I have the problem on my presario 710 ca notebook... however that's after I get through of all of Redhat's kernel panics and such. Slackware and Debian worked well until I tried to do even the slightest bit of optimisation. My solution... install FreeBSD... everything works well, except for sound which doesn't work in Linux to begin with.
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I'd like to use FreeBSD some time. But now isn't the time.

I actually reverted back to 8.1 (with 8.2 as a partial upgrade source). It works just fine (but lacks some features that 8.2 has).

I don't know why you say sound doesn't work. My notebook's sound has always worked fine (running ALSA).

My machine locks up whenever a reboot takes place from linux. It doesn't matter what I am doing -- a reboot is a reboot. It will hald properly (it shuts down automatically when it is supposed to). I don't think it's a kernel issue, because, unless I'm wrong, the kernel in 8.1 is newer than the one in RH 7.2. RH 7.2 locks up when it reboots also (I don't know if 7.1 does -- it's too old for my hardware).

I don't know why it does that, but apparently things are different. I was hoping there was a config file I could edit to make it reboot like 8.1. ??

LM 7.x? It's too old for my hardware too. I don't have a lot to go on. If you get some info on this issue, please let me know.




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