I have a problem with 3.4e in Live mode, as in does not work. I figure that if LiveDVD does not work, install most likely will not work as well.
So here goes...
My current box that I am using is a 7yrs old P4 running 3.3 grandly. I am a new SL user starting with 3.3. Prior to that pretty much a regular SuSE user. After SL, I do not want to go back to any other distros. I have installed 3.3 on the P4 box three times, all without any problems. The root drive is a 36g Raptor and my /home drive is on one-half of a 160g drive. The other half is XP. Dual booting XP in a physically separate drive thru GRUB drive mapping works just fine. In short, this 7yrs old P4 box runs better this way than it ever has been. But it is getting old.
I just built a new PC. These are the parts:
Intel Duo E6550
Intel DG33BU mATX
4g total memory
No sound card, no PCI accessories installed and no USB devices hooked up. The md5 for the 3.4e DVD verified true. The hdd is WD 160 with Vista Ultimate in its own 75g partition. No other hdd installed. The new PC is basically clean. Vista successfully installed with the Advance Host (Hardware) Configuration Interface option enabled. My understanding is that AHCI have been supported since kernel 2.16.18 or 19, possible even earlier. So if Vista successfully installed, it is unlikely that any piece of hardware could cause the LiveCD not to work. But may be the new Intel hardware is simply too new for linux?
The 3.4e DVD will boot and the menu list will display. But the only option that will work is Debug Mode. No games will start and not even the Text Installation will start. Only Debug Mode will run. So this is what returned in Debug Mode:
I have disabled on board sound; used on board graphics; back to the nvidia card; added dodmraid to the F5 boot options; disabled AHCI; re-enabled AHCI; and several others but nothing works. Only Debug Mode and that unknown_bootoption message every time. Not even the 3.3 DVD that I used in the P4 install will work. For every attempt with both 3.3 DVD and 3.4e DVD, neither will get past the menu list, except for Debug Mode. Upon any option selection in the menu, there would be the typical splash screen but then nothing but blank. I can hear the DVD running down and eventually stop. Then nothing.
Odd part is that the 3.3 Mini will get past the menu list but would choke with:
No mixer config in /var/lib/alsa/asound.state, you have to unmute your sound card!
But I am using on board sound. The 3.3 Mini will get just a little further than the 3.3 DVD and the 3.4e DVD. With the 3.3 Mini, in the F5 Boot Options, there is dodmraid. This option is NOT listed in the 3.4e boot menu and that is why I tried to use that option while trying to start 3.4e into Live mode.
I was warned by an experienced and enthusiastic Gentoo user who installed from source that it is best to wait at least six months after a new piece of hardware design is on the market before attempting to install ANY distro. I got 3.3 installed in both of my laptops and 3.3 so far is the only distro that got my Intel 3945 wireless running on first boot. Looks like I should have taken my friend's advice. I splurged and got myself a 24in LCD for an early Christmas in anticipating 3.4 after much enjoyment with 3.3. I am not going to turn my new box into a Vista box. I installed Vista just out of curiosity about the AHCI issues, which was indeed a pain to get AHCI running right in Vista. If I cannot get my new build running linux, I will just shelf it until linux is ready for it.