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Old 12-02-2007, 08:56 PM   #1
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Slackware-12 boot trouble

Hi all,

I am new to linux and am trying to install slackware-12 from bootable DVD on a HP Pavillion DV8000 laptop. The install seems to go great but it hangs on reboot. The screen freezes on the line:

cs: IO port probe 0x800-0x80f:_

Per the install FAQ I gather it is some sort of hardware issue and I tried to compile a different kernel using the syntax in the FAQ but all I get is some "not found" error. I had a little trouble trying to decipher what exactly the FAQ was trying to tell this noob to do! Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.



Found this thread:

Which has the exact same trouble I am having. It appears that the specific hardware is likely the 5-in-1 media reader the laptop has. Two new questions then; 1) What is "lspci' that is mentioned and how to I view that information to confirm the problem, and 2) Can I edit out the 0x800-0x80f range in my /etc/pcmcia/config.opts from a boot disk? Thanks again.

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Old 12-03-2007, 08:03 AM   #2
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You may add nopcmcia to the boot up arguments to be able to load without problems.
If you can't edit the kernel arguments, you can download a live distro like DamnSmallLinux to help you.

DSL also has lspci. You can mount your disk from DSL to edit that line out from that file if you wish to fix your problem.
Old 12-04-2007, 04:15 PM   #3
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Since you're new to Linux and you asked... lspci means "list pci" subsystems. It will give you notice of the interrupt assignments that Linux performed on all the PCI hardware in your laptop.

I know I had horrible troubles installing Slack 12 on my laptop (but not the same problems as you did). Did you read the README.txt file and the other .txt files and use the correct kernel (and modules) as Pat prescribed? And did you create and install the initrd file as required?

Because I didn't do those things (I didn't need to in Slack 11 and before), I couldn't get past a couple boot issues. It turned out that I had to load a couple modules PRIOR to boot up. It's possible that you have the same issue; you need to make sure that YOUR particular modules are initrd'd. My guess is that this is the issue because you WERE ABLE to load the Slack 12 install DVD. (Note that pre-installing modules that act as PCI drivers allow those particular PCI systems to get their interrupts before other PCI systems get their interrupt assignments. Some PCI systems are more sensitive to interrupt setting numbers than others... or so I have read in the past).

-- vonSt


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