Optiplex 320: anybody install any distro to disk?

Stu Derby studerby at yahoo.com
Mon Dec 18 17:10:43 CST 2006

Thanks, that was the clue I needed, I've got myself up and running on a
distro, on the 3rd try.

Here's notes for everyone else.

Ubuntu 6.10 - (alternate CD, not LiveCD) hangs booting installer
kernel, no matter what

OpenSUSE 10.2 - booting the installer with the added parameters
"pci=nomsi vga=788" got me into and through the installer, but the
installation hangs on boot; I'm pretty sure SUSE uses Grub, so I think
it's the same pain as Fedora

Mandriva Free 2007 - WORKS!! had to boot the installer with
"pci=nomsi", but after that, everything is routine.. (When I try to
burn the third cd ISO, my burner says it's a DVD, not a CD, but
apparently only the first CD is required, the others are optional).

--- Ben Prew <btp at rentrak.com> wrote:

> You can get fedora to see the disks if you add
> pci=nomsi to the boot parameters
> but then you have to install lilo, and recompile your kernel with
> built-in SATA support after you're done... it won't boot with grub
> for some reason.
> --Ben 
> >>> Stu Derby <studerby at yahoo.com> 12/18/06 11:54 AM >>> 
> Y'all,
>   I've been trying to get a kernel up and running on an Optiplex 320
> and have so far been unable to get any distro to boot from disk.
>   Most distros I've tried either hang in the installer, can't find
> the
> disk (during installation or after), or can't find the keyboard/mouse
> during installation.
>   The best I've been able to do is boot from the Knoppix 5.0.1
> LiveCD;
> that distro works fine and can even do user storage to disk, but if I
> try to actually install the distro to disk, the installation process
> completes but the system hangs on boot.
>   Everything suggests that there's some sort of driver or boot
> configuration voodoo that will make this work.
>   Any clues?
> - Stu 
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