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#1 Alchemist


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Posted 31 May 2007 - 01:51 PM

In my continuing quest to someday install Linux I've been doing some testing. SUSE comes with a nifty option to 'test firmware' which I ran yesterday. Two things 'failed' and I am wondering how serious it might be.

"ED Boot disk hinting" didn't work
HPET configuration didn't work

This is a 5-6 year old machine, so maybe it's not got the latest and greatest BIOS functions. Would either of these hinder a contemporary Linux system?

Also, I've been seeing odd results with one particulat piece of hardware. An LG GCC-4521B CD/DVD drive. When I try to boot Knoppix 3.1 on this drive, it freezes at the 'scsi' detection test. Putting "noscsi" into the boot parms lets it finish booting. The same thing happens with an Ubuntu 6.1 "Live" disk which is several years newer, and the same fix also works. But this is an ATAPI CD drive, not an SCSI device. Why would SCSI detection get hung up on a CD drive? So far, booting the SUSE 10.2 disks has not had any problems, so I am hoping they've got their detection figured out for this particular drive.

Edited by Alchemist, 31 May 2007 - 01:52 PM.

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