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Old 01-06-2007, 10:58 AM   #1
angelique84
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Booting Linux gets stuck on IO probe...help!


Hi everyone!

I am quite a Linux newbie...I have installed Slackware 11 successfully on my desktop computer but my attempt to do so on my laptop didn't go as well as i expected!

The problem came out of nowhere after 3 or 4 successful logins in Linux. It begins booting and it stops at

cs: IO probe 0xc00-0xcff:excluding 0xcf8-0xcff
cs: IO probe 0x820-0x8ff:clean
cs: IO probe 0x800-0x80f:_

What could be the problem?

An answer for a similar problem i found in this forum was this:

"I then decided to modify the /etc/pcmcia/config.opts as follows:
from include port 0x100-0x4ff, port 0x800-0x8ff,port 0xc00-0xcff to include port 0x100-0x4ff,port 0xc00-0xcff (credit to Mark Holbrook from here http://holbrooks.org/linux/delli8k/ )
I then added hdparm -d1X66 -c3 -m16 /dev/hda to my rc.local file using pico"

I don't know if this applies to my case, i will give it a try...are memory ranges (IF this is what the numbers are) the same for me?

I have a dual booting system (Windows XP and Linux) with LILO on the root partition of my Linux installation.
My laptop is a TOSHIBA Satellite A100-906 with:
C2D T5600
1 GB ram
NVIDIA Geforce Go 7600
100 GB sata hdd
WIFI card, card reader, Bluetooth

I don't know if any of these causes a problem or if knowing these specifications would be helpful for someone to help me out but i did post them anyway.

So, any ideas?

Last edited by angelique84; 01-06-2007 at 10:59 AM.
 
Old 01-06-2007, 11:28 AM   #2
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Ok, i booted from the slackware installation cd, mounted my root partition into /mnt and erased from /etc/pcmcia/config.opts port 0x800-0x807 from the ports included (the one that was causing booting to stop) and it booted just fine after that! I don't know yet if my pcmcia will work, but i hope i won't be needing it soon...

Well, i kind of posted without really trying what i had in mind...sorry for that!

It might be useful though for someone with the same problem...
 
Old 01-08-2007, 05:33 AM   #3
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Hello Angelique84,

I have the same laptop with you (Toshiba A100 906) and I am trying to install the same distribution (Slackware 11)....

My problem was that during installation, the laptop stops when the drivers for iee1394 were being installed.

Could you please help me, by reporting the first installation options that you did and any other problems which occurred besides the ports???

Thank you in advance...
 
Old 01-11-2007, 04:19 AM   #4
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Hi Mixos!

Sorry for the late reply, I wasn't checking this thread since I replied to myself..

That's a weird problem you have...Nothing like that happened to me during installation...

Which kernel are you trying to install? When I begun the installation, I chose it to run with test26.s which is the 2.6.18 kernel. This was also the kernel I chose to install. What you have to be careful about, is that during this type of installation no kernel modules are installed and you have to do so manually after the installation is completed (they are under /testing on the slackware dvd or cd). This means that without the kernel modules you will probably have no sound and no ppp among other things.

If you are trying to install the default slackware kernel which is 2.4.3.3 I think, it might not have the drivers for the ieee1394 built in. I wouldn't know, because I chose a newer kernel from the beginning. So, check this out!

As for the options, I chose to install everything, even international language support, but I don't recall coming across any option for ieee1394...so I don't think that the options you choose is the problem. Probably the kernel...

I hope you see that in time!
 
Old 01-11-2007, 07:18 AM   #5
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As for the other problems i had...slackware is NOT an easy distro, is it? So, it needs definitely some tweaking for it to work. An important problem I first encountered was when I tried to boot it for the first time. I installed LILO on the /root partition of my linux installation, and it refused to boot until I set with cfdisk the /root partition bootable and did the opposite with my windows partition. Dos can't accept two bootable partitions.

I guess you won't have the same problem if you install LILO on MBR, although i tend to avoid it because if something goes wrong with booting, I want it to be with my linux partition, not my windows one. The thing is, I have to remember if I ever want to get rid of Linux on my laptop to set the windows partition bootable.

Haven't asked you though, are you trying to install slack as a single OS, or do you want a dual booting system as I have?
 
Old 01-11-2007, 07:22 AM   #6
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Oh, and some semi-useful links:

http://www.mini-dot.com/slackware.html

http://www.tweaktown.com/forums/arch...C/t-13226.html

The last one is for slack 9.1 but I think it helps.
 
Old 01-12-2007, 04:21 PM   #7
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Thank you for your response and the useful information...

Firstly I have chosen the default kernel and during installation it freezes...

Then I chose adaptec.s 'noiee1394' and also I have removed the hotplug.d from modeprobes (If I remember well).

Now concerning the booting I had installed LILO in the /root of Linux and not in MBR of Windows. I have used DD command to copy the boot partition of Linux and I have loaded it to boot.ini file of the windows.
Please check the below link, it is very useful for this

http://www.geocities.com/epark/linux...w2k-HOWTO.html

I will try a different kernel and I will check that...

I am only familiar with Ubuntu from my desktop PC and I would like to ckeck Slackware...

Last edited by Mixos; 01-12-2007 at 04:25 PM.
 
Old 01-13-2007, 10:40 AM   #8
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Nice link! Too bad I didn't come across it earlier. I am going to try it out though one day.

Why no ieee1394? I think you can have it all with test26.s!! I personally had no problems and we have the same laptop!

I think Patrick (creator of slack) is kind of too uptight about the newer kernels...he talks about them having problems with stability and such. That's why he still has as default 2.4.3.3. IMHO, 2.6.18 is for quite a long time "on the market" and it does lead to a stable system.

What I have problems with, is compiling a new kernel patched with RTAI (real time application interface). But that doesn't belong to this thread and it probably doesn't concern you, so I'll leave it out of this... If anything else comes up, post again. It's not sure I will help you ( too here!!), but others might!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Old 01-31-2007, 03:06 AM   #9
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Hello,

Finally I have managed to install slackware 11!

The most important thing is to choose the test26.s kernel, as Angelique84 had previously said...
 
  


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