I have been working on this problem, and I have found a solution,
just by chance. I can boot into an older version of DSL from CD.
I will get to that - it may work for anyone else who has this
problem. And it hangs even just booting to CLI, it's a basic
issue - I just can't say what.
First, the old faithfuls that perished on the way:
> This Knoppix if you have not already tried...
I almost ran to that one first.
5.1.1 is in the words of Knopper himself, "the last useful version of knoppix." :-)
Expert mode, Failsafe mode, turning off hw-detection, workarounds for broken bios ++
(it still draws the bar, just faster) - hangs right after that.
I tried all - tried versions from 3.9 - didn't mention yesterday because of etourdie. (3.9 has the best codec set - why I keep it)
> Try what I suggested and might try BSD or other OS live disk too. It
> may be new enough (should be) to boot to usb. Might try that too.
I tried that too - forgot to mention it, thought BSD bootstrapping and device detection might be different enough. No dice. Booting = same problems, sometimes different errors.
> If you try every suggestion offered, you may end up never getting
> that system to boot to linux. I can assure you it was never designed
> to NOT run linux.
No I think that EVIL MEN with EVIL PLANS have customized my motherboard.
MEMTEST and defferent diagnostics all normal. Internal temperatures within or below stress ranges. Yes just last week tried the Radeon out, Intel chipset re-activated - tried all shared mem amounts still no go.
Here are some images of different tries last night. Each distro gives slightly different errors. I will get the screens from more standard distros Redhat, plain Ubuntu - Velutinous Vole or just earlier...
Again thanks all of you for your time and your expertise.
I am like that man of La Mancha - I am driven to fix this.
I am Ahab, I am Ishmael, I am Azazel with screwdriver in hand.
(yes I tried pulling the cr2032 out, disconnecting each piece of H-W, drive etc. as well!)
I don't know if these images help - but since we have a team of experts here it can't hurt. Sorry if they are a little too big, I was hasty with a new f/w imager. Will compress more next time. Name of image will tell which cd it is etc. I used a global method so these images can be shared outside forum if necessary.
Gentoo or Mandriva
Knoppix 5.1.1 DVD
Okay then to my solution: Damn Small Linux.
Wasn't my OS of choice, but now my knight in shining armor.
It hangs the same as all the others with an unattended boot.
Boot with Knoppix cheatcode EXPERT, it prompts you during boot
for several things - keyboard - mouse - load drivers from floppy,
then goes through - script runs startx - voila! use the menus to
select FLUXBOX if you want something more familiar, select "util" - "enable APT" - gets package list and build up to what you need.
I am playing with it. Flashdrive install does NOT boot.
I don't even want to THINK about security yet...
BTW I tried the same EXPERT mode with other knoppix flavors - still hangs. Oh yeah, I tried an early slackware (2008ish) - but not a recent one. Will do that as per your recommend tonight.
What I want:
I want a full featured distro with a a good iptables front end,
decent newsreader and torrenting software, audio editing capability,
a media player with wmv and divx and a cottage on the mountain with
a pretty young wife and three kids.
Tomorrow I find a high protein diet and personal trainer for myDSL.
k3B.dsl package is 43.3 mb (size of compressed iso itself)
Any more ideas - suggestions? Please post I am happy to comply.