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Old 12-26-2007, 11:04 AM   #1
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(help!) Epia 5000 is refusing to boot linux


Hello!

I got a Epia 5000 mainboard (my first mini-itx) and I was hoping to use at a ltsp client. I kitted it out with 64 megs of ram and set it up to boot.

The only issue I have is that it does not want to boot any linux kernel.

The ltsp kernel hangs after "Ok, booting the kernel".

But this is not only with LTSP. Debian, Gentoo, Suse and Fedora install cd's also failed the boot process the same way (with the exception of Debian, which booted the kernel, but had badly corrupted graphics and locked up shortly after).

I tried disabling acpi, apm and apic, with no luck. Many people say that the EPIA boards are well supported under linux, but I have yet to succeed, hoping that someone here can help me out

Thanks!
 
Old 12-26-2007, 09:10 PM   #2
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http://www.mini-itx.com/faq.asp#Software0
http://www.mini-itx.com/faq.asp#Linux0
Make sure you have the correct processor selected - the default i686 won't work.

As usual, the gentle gentoo folk are on to it:
http://www.teknowlogic.org/soft/gentoo-on-epia-5000/
 
Old 12-27-2007, 11:48 AM   #3
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http://www.mini-itx.com/faq.asp#Software0
http://www.mini-itx.com/faq.asp#Linux0
Make sure you have the correct processor selected - the default i686 won't work.
The LTSP package uses a kernel compiled for a 486 processor, I thought the EPIA processor was 586 compatible. I shall have another look when I get back.

I can also try setting the kernel to cyrix c3 and seeing if it will boot then.
 
Old 12-28-2007, 10:24 PM   #4
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Here is a detailed howto for getting gentoo installed to the epia 5000.
http://www.teknowlogic.org/soft/gentoo-on-epia-5000/

There are some, inconclusive, reports that the installers of some distros don't install the correct kernel.

... the following is typical:
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cat /proc/cpuinfo

processor : 0
vendor_id : CentaurHauls
cpu family : 6
model : 7
model name : VIA Samuel 2
stepping : 3
cpu MHz : 533.366
cache size : 64 KB
fdiv_bug : no
hlt_bug : no
f00f_bug : no
coma_bug : no
fpu : yes
fpu_exception : yes
cpuid level : 1
wp : yes
flags : fpu de tsc msr cx8 mtrr pge mmx 3dnow up
bogomips : 1068.33
clflush size : 32
VIA Samuel 2 is a Cyrix III (renamed c3) cpu.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VIA_C3
 
  


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