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Old 11-20-2006, 08:28 AM   #1
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Question Newbie - Livecd Grub boot error


The Live CD (vector Linux 5.1.2 SOHO) is ok, as it runs in my 'old' system.

My new system is a ASUS p5b E6300 CPU 2g with 250gWD SATA - pioneer DVD r/w, video is asus PCIE en7600 (Nvidia)

When the LiveCD boots - the screen flashes by and I get

"loading stage 2"
next screen is

"Booting XFCE4 @ 1024 x 768 resolution with vesa driver
root(cd)
error 23: error while parsing number
press any key to continue"

press key and I get the boot screen (GRUB) but it is all messed up.

I do not have a linux distro installed on the HD (XP loaded) - I'm just trying to run a live cd.

I then tried PCLinux (big Daddy) and get the following
When the LiveCD boots - the screen flashes by and I get....

I see some of the info on the first screen as it goes by. it says something to the effect about
"support for ibm/ms int extension not found"
then goes to second screen and says
'failed to read slash image (cd/boot/grub/livecd.xpm.gz)'

so I figure in my limited understanding that grub is unable to read from the livecd because of some setting. (this same disk works ok on my old system)

So far the only livecd distro that has been able to run is Ubuntu 6.10. All cd's were md5 checked and burned on XP with imgburn @2x speed


Suggestions please
 
Old 11-20-2006, 08:49 AM   #2
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This very much sounds as if your Nvidia card is not being detected. There should be boot codes you can pass the kernel to load the correct video driver. You will need to have a look at the documentation to see what codes to pass the kernel.

If you can not figure it out, try a copy of Knoppix, their hardware detection is very good, and the doc is excellent. I have booted all kinds of systems with it.
 
Old 11-20-2006, 09:26 AM   #3
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Thanks for the words, I am wondering how I can modify a existing LiveCD so that I can tell GRUB earlier in the process what video card I'm using, since I don't even get in as far as the option where I can put in kernel commands for boot. Is this something I could do from within XP?

I will d/l and try Knoppix

Thx
 
Old 11-20-2006, 10:46 AM   #4
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All live CD's I have used offer you the oportunity to pass the kernel special boot options, early in the boot process. I just booted my Xubuntu CD 6.06, and on it you hit F6 to pass parameters to the kernel. F1 gives you help, and other F keys provide various pieces of information. Big Daddy is a version cloned off Mandriva. I tried a live Mandriva One CD, and on it you hit F1 to pass the parameters. If you go to the web sites for ubuntu or Big Daddy, I'm sure there is documentation and experienced users who could tell you what to enter.

It may be a little difficult for you to see the screen, since your problem is video. ( usually VGA is active very early ) . If you never see any readable information, then try booting, and tab the appropriate F key early, and see if it will go to the prompt.

As far as XP, that won't help a bit. XP is not active when you boot a live CD.

Yes you can re-master a live CD. I have never done it, you will have to look for a How To for information on how to do that.
 
Old 11-20-2006, 10:57 AM   #5
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I having problems with Vector and PCLinux. Have posted at both of their forums but with no responce, so I would think it is a case of unusual hardware combination.

In both cases I don't get as far in the boot process as the point where you are prompted for kernel boot options

THX again

 
  


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