On Friday 17 November 2006 02:35, Jim Hamilton wrote:
Note sure if this belongs here or in opensuse-factory. Let me know.
In fact, OpenSUSE-Factory would be the better choice for this.
I have been tested opensure 10.2 beta 1 and 2 against
a new Intel
P965 based system and having some interesting issues.
Intel DP965LT motherboard
Intel Core 2 Duo 6600 2.4 Ghz processor
4 GB main memory
2 x 320 GB sata disks
My configuration is close to this. I have one SCSI drive and one SATA
drive. My system works fine and installation was smooth. I don't think
the problem is in the Intel 965 chipset.
Originally equipped with an LG DVD writer, now
equipped with a
Plextor PX 760SA DVD writer (sata interface).
1. 10.2 beta 1 and 2 would not install with the PATA LD DVD
installed. In researching the problem and finally firmware checking
the hardware, this is the Marvell PATA 6101 chipset problem. This is
already identified by the kernel developers with a fix.
System booted ok and you are able to choose to install but once suse
starts the linux installer and look for the DVD drive it fails and
falls out to linuxrc prompting you to load a CD. If you check the HD
and CDROMS installed only the harddisks are visible.
I had similar problems that had to do with a bug present in the alpha5
kernel since fixed. By a stroke of blind good luck have both a SATA and
a PATA DVD drives, and the SATA one worked out-of-the-box. I eventually
worked out (by researching others' difficulties) that to get the PATA
drive to work I had to put it in AHCI rather than Legacy mode in the
This seems to a very common issue with P965 based
have tried verious ideas found on the net but none of these have
worked on the Intel MB.
My mainboard is an Asus P5B and I know others are using it successfully,
too. There are some issues with this board (requisite BIOS settings and
incorrect default driver assignments for one of its Ethernet NICs) that
probably are not relevant for you (see above).
Question: is this kernel fix likely to make it into
version of 10.2?
If you report the problem (and it really is hardware specific) and help
the developers diagnose it, then perhaps.
2. Switched to using the Plextor SATA DVD writer.
Downloaded the 10.2
beta 2 dvd iso and burnt a dvd and can now start the installer ok. I
can partion a disk ok and start the package installation. During the
package installation I get a various number of package installation
failures, giving me the choice of abort, retry or ignore. Errors can
error unpacking archive cpio: bad magic
MD5 sum mismatch
bad file descriptor
A few possibilities seem likely:
1) Bad DVD drive
2) Bad medium or burn
3) Bad download
If I use the burnt DVD I get a large number of these
errors. If use
the iso image and install via nfs I get a lot fewer but still get
them. The failures do not necessarily occur on the same packages each
This suggests that more than one of the aforementioned possibilities may
be in play, as unlikely as that seems.
If I push the install though by ignoring the errors I
wind with a
system that can sort of boot but does not get the YAST configuration
screens for the network and display and user etc. Kernel does seem to
At this stage I am not sure what is causing the package install
errors as even 10.1 Novell DVD (boxed set) will not install without
errors. First thing is get the install to work then see if the rest
of YAST will run correctly.
Did you verify the checksums of the .iso files you retrieved? Did you do
a disc verification?
Any ideas appreciated.
Ubuntu 6.10 LiveCD will boot and run and can be installed and run
from the disks using the plextor sata dvd.
So the hardware is at least mostly OK. It could still be an optical
drive problem that happens to manifest only on the particular media
(the kind or the specific disc you burned).
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