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Laptop hangs on boot?

Postby SteveyDevey » Thu Nov 30, 2006 4:39

I just grabbed the 32bit 3.2 DVD torrent, and played with it for a few minutes on my desktop computer. Very nice. :)

When I tried it on my lapto though, it hung while booting. I restarted it, and switched to verbose mode to see if I could at least tell where it was going to die, and now I feel stupid for not paying more attention to it. :oops:

The first time it froze hard, and I couldn't switch between visual and verbose modes, nor toggle capslock. The second time it didn't get that bad, as I could still switch those things.

My first thought was that it did not support my not-so-fancy integrated video chipset (Intel GMA 950). But, it occurred to me that it hadn't gotten to the 3D accelerated desktop yet, so that's probably not it.

Should I just give it another 10 minutes to see if it will boot, or does it sound like something is failing?

Just for the record, the laptop is a Dell Inspiron 1300, and I've got experience with all of the major flavors of linux, FreeBSD, and friends. :)
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Postby cvill64 » Thu Nov 30, 2006 4:40

mdev shouldn't take but more than 5 minutes on any modern computer to finish

most likely this is a bad burn, burn nice and slow on a -r media, and verify it
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Postby mdmarmer » Thu Nov 30, 2006 4:44

There is a problem with some laptops.

Do give it time.

Make sure your .iso and your burn are good

If they are, select interactive boot and skip hdparm

My experience

Toshiba M45-S331 sata drives only -- works fine (32-bit install)

HP L2000 (ide drives only) -- install hangs (64-bit)

Interactive boot skipping hdparm yields a good install on HP L2000

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