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Old 02-23-2007, 07:20 PM   #1
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Failed RHEL install on old Dell Latitude CP

I am attempting to load RHEL4 on an old Dell Latitude CP 233. The installation from CD fails very quickly. Below are the steps to reproduce. I see a number of postings about people running linux on Latitude CPs. I assume I am missing an installation parameter. Could some one shed some light?

1) Insert the install CD.
2) Boot.
The menu and boot: prompt are displayed.
3) Enter linux text (tried a number of additional parameters)
The following displays
Loading vmlinux
Loading initrd.img .
The system reboots.

Dell Latitude CP
Pentium 233 MMX
128M RAM
2M video
4G disk
Old 02-24-2007, 04:58 PM   #2
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have you tried passing acpi=off or no_acpi (can't remember which it is) to the loader?
i just saw that see if it helps

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Old 02-26-2007, 05:49 PM   #3
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Thanks, I tried acpi=off noacpi with the same results.

I also reburned the CD. I was not expecting that to work as I am currently typing a machine loaded from the same set of CDs but at this point I am shooting in the dark.

Still looking for ideas but thinking I may need to move to a different distribution.
Old 10-25-2007, 12:00 PM   #4
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Did you ever get it working? I'm curious because I have a Dell Latitude CP I just got (64MB ram.. gotta up that) and it looks to install Red Hat 6.1 and 9 alright (except for a little video driver issue).

It did exactly as you described when I tried CentOS 4.3 (which has worked for me before and was bought, not downloaded-and-burned by me). I would love it if I could get CentOS going since it's the most up-to-date distro I have available at this time (that may install).

Otherwise, DSL works fine and I haven't tried Puppy yet. My CDs of Knoppix haven't worked yet but they may be bad CDs.
Old 10-27-2007, 08:37 PM   #5
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Never did get it to work. Had to settle for freeBSD. It works fine. I am just not all that excited about maintaining yet another os around the house.



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