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Old 11-23-2003, 03:16 PM   #1
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Dell Laptop no boot to Knoppix


Trying to boot a new Dell Laptop into Knoppix, here are the specs on the laptop:

Inspiron 5150
15" SXGA
Pentium 4 3.06Ghz
512MB of 333Mhz Ram
32MB nVidia Quadro FX Go5200
40GB Ultra Ata Hardrive with WinXP installed
8x DVD drive

Ok, the problem is that when I boot with the Knoppix CD, it takes me to the boot screen where I can go to the F2 key with no problem but it will not let me load the cheatcodes.txt. The problem is that once I make a selection for booting it starts to boot vmlinuz and then loading miniroot.gz and then the screen goes blank, and the CD stops spinning. I have tried just about every cheat code listed on the knoppix website to no avail. I can not load Mandrake 9.1 either, But I can load Mandrake 9.2 and Suse 8.2.

I am trying to install MDK 9.2 or Knoppix onto the drive to dual boot with WINXP but MDK 9.2 returns an error when trying to resize the NTFS partition for XP. I wanted to use the knoppix cd to see if I could use its NTFS resize.

I would like to solve the first problem of it booting vmlinuz then miniroot.gz and then the screen goes blank. Have tried a bunch of the cheat codes to include failsafe, and a bunch of the display resolution settings, still does not work.

I have even tried to boot into runlevel 2 and the same thing happens, can't boot into runlevel 2???? Can't be an X problem or a video card issue. The knoppix version i have been trying is the new 3.3


Old 11-23-2003, 08:30 PM   #2
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Hm. Knoppix boots on my Inspiron 5100 just fine. However, I'm not using cheat codes, I just let Knoppix do its thing.

As for being able to resize an NTFS partition, I think that Knoppix isn't going to work. You're probably going to have to shell out for Partition Magic or completely trash the hard drive and repartion.
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I think you are right Hangdog42! 'coz I tried mine on a Latitude with NTFS partitions.. It worked a few times, it will install properly until i reboot..... coz no bootloader is upgarded..... hence.... no boot..... it didn't worked until i trashed everything... and tried with fat32 partitions.
Old 12-03-2003, 07:09 AM   #4
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Sometimes if your NTFS partition has some problems Mandrake has problems resizing, I haven't installed 9.2 but had that problem on 9.1 and got it to resize anyway and lost my entire NTFS share. Turns out my some files got corrupted When my system hung up. I couldn't get the info off of that partition had to wipe the entire drive. I would schedule a scandisk for your next reboot in XP defrag, the whole bit and see if that makes a difference.
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It's really odd to see that various people are able to boot Knoppix on the Inspiron 5150 while others can't. Two culprits keeping some 5150s from booting seem to be the different video card options and (more so) some BIOS change to all newer systems that screws something up with ACPI. Basically, smp kernels have trouble booting on a 5150 with any recent BIOS.

Somebody put together a modified Knoppix without the smp kernel, but I haven't tried it yet, don't know how current it is. Somebody's got it available for download at

What would be nice is to get an updated Knoppix that'll boot on a 5150 and make it available by BitTorrent, like with regular Knoppix at


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