#28 acculturation CD won't boot

Mark Sires

CD v 0.4, Dell D820 (Intel), 4 gig memory. CD starts, gets logo and boot prompt. Press enter, 2 modules load, then caps lock and scroll lock lights come on, system freezes.


  • K.S. Bhaskar

    K.S. Bhaskar - 2009-03-10

    I am not sure what is the issue, since the Acculturation CD is several years old and has been used thousands of times. When booting, at the splash screen, you can hit F1 / F2 / F3 for various boot options. Try selecting the frame buffer graphics device, or plain vga or one of the modes there. Also, try disabling hardware support for USB, ACPI, etc.

    If this fails, then your best bet is to use the CD ISO image and boot a virtual machine with it. Presumably your PC boots some flavor of Windows. You could install QEMU (http://www.davereyn.co.uk is a good place to start), create a virtual disk, and boot with the CD ROM and a virtual disk.

    Please write and tell us what worked for you.

    -- Bhaskar

    P.S. You may also want to verify that you have a good download by booting the CD on another PC.

  • Mark Sires

    Mark Sires - 2009-03-10

    With some google searching, it appears this is a fairly common problem with DSL - if I use the vga=normal option I can see that problem is 'bad EIP', the EIP is 000010. I found this on several problem reports over the internet, but no resolutions were ever noted. Most seemed to think it was a hardware/bios issue, but I tried most of the options, including 'failsafe' without success.

  • Mark Sires

    Mark Sires - 2009-03-10

    Ok, I was able to get it loaded in a virtual machine. I already have VMWare installed on the laptop, so it wasn't a problem.

  • Mark Sires

    Mark Sires - 2009-03-10

    A few more issues to note. By default, VMware creates SCSI disks for linux virtual machines, I couldn't get DSL to ever recognize it, so I had to delete the Virtual Machine, start over with Custom rather than Typical, and force it to use IDE for the hard disk created. Then DSL saw it as /dev/hda, and I could proceed.

    I'm remembering why I stopped last time I started this......

  • K.S. Bhaskar

    K.S. Bhaskar - 2009-03-11

    Please try QEMU. It works well.

    -- Bhaskar


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