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Old 03-14-2003, 06:35 PM   #1
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Slack installation hangs. Please help!


I'm a kind of newbie with slackware. I downloaded the ISO and burned it to CD. The boot from the CD goes well, I can make the partitions and the setup goes ok as well. The mess starts when installing the packages.

I think, from searching the foruns over the web and the other threads, that this is an uncommon problem.
Here it goes:

When installing the packages, the computer, and therefore the installation, hangs at some point (after some minutes, 8, 10, 15), but not at the same point every time I tried. I can't explain it. I have to turn the power off and reboot. The CD is ok.

I'm installing in a 12GB hard drive, with a 9GB NTFS partition with WinXP and I reserved the other 3 GB to slackware 8.1. Two primary partitions, 384 MB of Linux Swap and the rest for /, Linux Native.

I would greatly appreciate some help of yours. Thanks in advance.
 
Old 03-14-2003, 07:08 PM   #2
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Just prior to starting the install of all the apps desired. Use [ALT][F2] to switch to the next console. Press [Enter] to acitvate and get to a prompt. Enter the command "dmesg". It should respond with a lot of the info from the boot process. Note the ending messages. Use [ALT][F1] to switch to the first console again and begin your installation. Periodically switch back to the second level console and run "dmesg" again and check for any new information or error messages.

If messages start appearing regarding seek failure or past the end of media, etc. Then I suggest a bad or improperly burned CD. The Slack 8.1 Install ISO will not fit on a 650 MByte CD. It requires a 700 MByte CD. Perhaps attempt burning the CD with a different program.

Please post back your results that we may be able to assist you further. You might also want to include some of your system specs, like CPU and chipset.
 
Old 03-14-2003, 07:09 PM   #3
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Re: Slack Install Hanging Up

Strange, I've had this happen, but was usually traced to the CDRom drive.

What Slack version are you using?

Have you recorded the install point where the problems occurs? If not suggest you write this down.

Do you have another Linux distro to use for an install to make sure it's not hardware?
 
Old 03-14-2003, 07:37 PM   #4
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Ok thanks for the tips. I'll try them I and I will post back the results. Thanks a lot you all.

I'm trying to install Slackware 8.1 on an AMD K6-II 533Mhz, 192 Mb SDRAM, 12 GB HD. I have already installed Mandrake 7.2 successfully once, so I suppose it's not hardware.
 
Old 03-14-2003, 08:08 PM   #5
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I'm back. I used dmesg to seek for any error messages and I'm sure it was usefull. I got an error that almost certainly was why it froze. After it was exibithed, the system hung. I know what it means, all that DMA stuff and it's relation with the kernel I chose for installation (the default for IDE drives), but I still don't know how to solve it. It's here I need expertise help.

The error was as follows:

hda: timeout waiting for DMA
ide_dmaproc: chipset supported ide_dma_timeout func only:14
hda: status timeout: status=0xd0 {Busy}
hda: drive not ready for command
ide0: reset: success.


It seems clear to me why it froze, just looking at the last line, but I still (haven't found what I'm looking for...la la la. sorry) don't know how to overcome this problem.

I'd thank you a lot for an advice. Thanks anyway.
 
Old 03-14-2003, 08:30 PM   #6
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Well, I thought your system would be old enough not to need this but....

When you boot the CD and the "boot:" prompt appears try entering,

boot: bare.i ide=nodma

Then proceed with the install. If this allows the installation to complete, then when you are in the lilo configuration section. You should be given the opportunity to enter any extra kernel parameters desired. Enter the "ide=nodma" as an option in addition to whatever else you might need; like "ide=nodma hdd=ide-scsi". Each item separated with a single space and no quotes.

Perhaps that will help resolve the issue.
 
Old 03-14-2003, 09:30 PM   #7
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That was exactly the problem! I passed that through the kernel as a parameter, as you said and the installation went out until the end, just perfectly.

Thanks a lot. I'll take your technical expertise into account in the future.

Thanks again.
 
  


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