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Old 05-30-2018, 10:27 PM   #1
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Slackware Chromebox install stalls at huge.s init rd loading


Hello fellow Slackware users,

I am hoping someone can help me. I have updated my Chromebox with the Mr Chromebox UEFI firmware update. I have downloaded and installed the Slackware iso image and used DD to copy the image to a usb. I have tried different block sizes, I've used 2 different usb drives to see if this was the issue. It wasn't.

The efi firmware "sees" the /boot/efi partition and gets me to the Slackware install menu. But when I choose either the huge.s or huge.s (KMS) the install hangs. md5sum was correct.

I am at the end of my options. It's been a while since I had a Linux desktop and it's good to be back. I want to use Slackware due to its minimal overhead and ram usage.

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. I used to DD command with the 'sync' command but this did not seem to make a difference.

Thanks for your help.
 
Old 05-30-2018, 11:50 PM   #2
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While I can't help with your problem. Just for more details. You got a online review link for your chromebox so members can see what chromebox you are dealing with?

More details means better help. Good luck with this. Howdy and Welcome to LQ.
 
Old 05-31-2018, 02:21 AM   #3
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This is the 2014 m004u model.I tested the Slackware USB on another computer with an older bios and the installer went on normally as always. So it has to be something to do with the firmware upgrade. Other distros boot fine on the chromebox. Slackware just seems to stall after selecting the kernel.

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Old 06-01-2018, 07:35 PM   #4
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Just a thought... What version of elilo are you trying to use?

I recently upgraded an installation, and found that the older version of elilo could not boot the new kernel.

Switching to the "-current" version of elilo fixed the problem, whatever it was.
 
Old 06-01-2018, 09:58 PM   #5
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Just a thought... What version of elilo are you trying to use?
When booting the usb I am not selecting any boot loader... the Slackware usb install selects for me. The version of Slackware is 14.2 so whatever install options that come standard with this version is what is being used.

This is sad because this is 2018 and every other Linux distro installs without issue. I hate to see Slackware losing users because of stuff like this.
 
Old 06-02-2018, 12:31 AM   #6
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When the uefi firmware boots up a very quick message appears than disappears.

To the best of my ability the text that I see flash by says something like "BOOT failed. USB device. Welcome to grub"

Then the screen goes to the boot menu of Slackware. I DO know that this particular uefi firmware expects the boot file to be in the form of BOOTX64.efi. I just happened to notice that in the boot directory of the Slackware image the boot archive is bootx64.efi. If I could find a way to change the read-only file to the other format it may just work... But I do not know how.

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Old 06-02-2018, 02:55 AM   #7
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Switching to the "-current" version of elilo fixed the problem, whatever it was.
About what ELILO you talk? Note that the OP does not manage to boot the very installer.

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I suggest trying the slackware-current, but this is the development tree, usually for beta-testers.

BTW, I hope you realize that a "full install" of Slackware 14.2 eat around 9GB of space, and this is the only "recommended way", otherwise the guys hanging in this forum will active refuse to help.

How this small box has an SSD of 16GB, may be an issue.

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Old 06-02-2018, 03:01 AM   #8
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Debian 9.4 is running nicely on the chromebox now. Space is not the issue.

Thanks anyway.
 
Old 06-02-2018, 04:07 AM   #9
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About what ELILO you talk? Note that the OP does not manage to boot the very installer.
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Slackware just seems to stall after selecting the kernel.
Hmm.

IME this is a symptom of using an outdated version of elilo.

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Old 06-02-2018, 09:21 AM   #10
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How can this be when elilo is not being used but grub?
 
Old 06-02-2018, 08:24 PM   #11
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How can this be when elilo is not being used but grub?
There are many ways to boot and install Slackware.

If you're installing from a DVD created following the instructions in the "isolinux" directory, then it'll boot using grub.

If you're installing from a USB drive using the method described in the "usb-and-pxe-installers" directory, then it'll use elilo.

If you already have an EFI partition on the machine and an existing Slackware installation (perhaps on another partition), then another option is to copy the kernel and initrd for the installer to the EFI partition and add a stanza to your existing elilo.conf. However, as I mentioned above, the catch with this method is that you need to use a recent version of elilo because older versions may not be able boot the kernel you're trying to use.

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Old 06-02-2018, 09:29 PM   #12
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I'm booting using USB with iso image and grub as already stated
 
Old 06-03-2018, 01:48 AM   #13
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Slackware Chromebox install stalls at huge.s init rd loading

That information was not in the OP. Anyway, like I initially said, it was just a thought. And irrelevant now, since you've moved on.

Have fun!
 
Old 06-03-2018, 01:51 AM   #14
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Haven't moved on... I want to run slackware but Debian was installed first. Please read whole thread...

Thanks anyway
 
  


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