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Hi,

I've used Linux for a few years and have installed many distros in my time, but I'm having a weird issue at the moment.

I've been running ArchBang in a VM on my main rig and I like it and want to install to my laptop

I've made a USB installer with the official ISO and Win32DiskImager

What happens is goes through the normal load process
Prompts for install mode (I've tried both)
Chugs away for about 5 seconds
Then claims that a memory address is in use
Then goes to a black screen with flashing caps lock light for ever

Arch Forums tell me nothing...

Some say that my CPU does not support the instruction sets required by Arch, but I don't believe that as I've used this same method to install it to a 2 year old Atom netbook

I've tried 32 and 64 bit versions and also different flash disks just for good measure.
I've also tried creating the bootable flash disk with UNetBootin, same issue...

Computer Specs:
HP DM1 (2nd Generation)
CPU: AMD E-450
RAM: 2 x 2GB DDR3
HDD: 60GB OCZ SSD
VGA: Radeon 6320
NIC: 1000 megabit Broadcom
WLAN: 802.11n Broadcom

Help please...

EDIT: I think it might be a UEFI/BIOS thing, so is there anything I can do?

EDIT: My laptop does not have an optical drive and I don't have an external one I can use, I also can't use my rigs optical drive via a SATA to USB cable because I don't have one of those either...
Edited by dushan24 - 9/17/12 at 1:06am
    
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AMD E-450 that is an apu correct?  I know some linux installers have had issues with apu's in the past, you might try passing the "nomodeset" option to the kernel thru the bootloader (when you select to install, hit tab or e most of the times to edit the kernel line) and at the very end of the kernel line, add "nomodeset" without the quotes.  

 

this will run your graphics in vesa mode, basically a generic drive for x that will run just about any gpu on the market. if this works and once you install, you will more than likely have to use this option for the bootloader till you are able to install the proper graphics drivers.

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AMD E-450 that is an apu correct?  I know some linux installers have had issues with apu's in the past, you might try passing the "nomodeset" option to the kernel thru the bootloader (when you select to install, hit tab or e most of the times to edit the kernel line) and at the very end of the kernel line, add "nomodeset" without the quotes.  


this will run your graphics in vesa mode, basically a generic drive for x that will run just about any gpu on the market. if this works and once you install, you will more than likely have to use this option for the bootloader till you are able to install the proper graphics drivers.

Cool thanks for your advice, I actually picked up an external optical drive today and got the install done no worries from a CD. Dual booted Windows and Arch via Grub, everything's fine and Windows boots normally.

But when I try and boot Arch it is the same issue, black screen and flashing caps led.

I think you're right about the drivers though.

At the Grub boot loader screen, you have the option to edit the commands before booting, so I added the entry you suggested to the kernel and booted with the changes, but now it just kernel panics...

Any more advice?

PS: In answer to your question, yes, it's an APU.
    
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EDIT: Normal booting fails, but booting in "fallback" mode works, no changes needed...?
    
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EDIT: Normal booting fails, but booting in "fallback" mode works, no changes needed...?

fallback mode typically passes "nomodeset" to the kernel at boot, its sorta the "safe mode" of linux. each distro is different in this regard what it does, but most will boot the system to console, with the / only be mounted as read only, and most of the kernel drivers not load as well (this includes networking).

 

I'm not sure what is causing the kernel panic, next time you boot into it, take a snapshot with a camera or write down where its panicking, that might help out here.

 

hopefully one of the more familiar users of arch would help out with getting an apu to work.

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It's irrelevant but just FYI, I only have a root partition

/ - 10GB

/boot - GRUB installed to MBR so didn't need one.
/home - Didn't need as I'll be mounting my NTFS partition for personal files.
/swap - got 4GB of RAM so don't need one.

Here is a "screenshot" of the Kernel panic when I do a normal boot with nomodeset passed to the Kernel

    
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Originally Posted by Transhour View Post

fallback mode typically passes "nomodeset" to the kernel at boot, its sorta the "safe mode" of linux. each distro is different in this regard what it does, but most will boot the system to console, with the / only be mounted as read only, and most of the kernel drivers not load as well (this includes networking).

I'm not sure what is causing the kernel panic, next time you boot into it, take a snapshot with a camera or write down where its panicking, that might help out here.

hopefully one of the more familiar users of arch would help out with getting an apu to work.

For me, Fallback mode boots fine...

X starts
Networking is enabled
It basically works as though I'd done a normal boot...

PS: Thanks a lot for your efforts.
PPS: See my post above with the screenshot.
    
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It's irrelevant but just FYI, I only have a root partition
/ - 10GB
/boot - GRUB installed to MBR so didn't need one.
/home - Didn't need as I'll be mounting my NTFS partition for personal files.
/swap - got 4GB of RAM so don't need one.
Here is a "screenshot" of the Kernel panic when I do a normal boot with nomodeset passed to the Kernel Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

If you just use / then you still get /boot and /home, not just as separate partitions tongue.gif

And while Grub installs to the MBR the /boot folder<->partition still holds the kernel and grub configuration files.

Just to clarify, bit too tired to look up the panic problem right now as I just woke up though.
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If you just use / then you still get /boot and /home, not just as separate partitions tongue.gif
And while Grub installs to the MBR the /boot folder<->partition still holds the kernel and grub configuration files.

I realize that, I just meant that I didn't have them on separate partitions.
I might not have explained that too well though...

I don't mind waiting, any help you can offer is appreciated.
    
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I realize that, I just meant that I didn't have them on separate partitions.
I might not have explained that too well though...
I don't mind waiting, any help you can offer is appreciated.

when you are in the fallback mode, have you tried installing the Catalyst drivers and then trying a normal boot? cause i'm pretty sure this problem is related to the apu, i do recall reading about a bug in the kernel code that existed as late as 3.5, not sure what kernel you have in archbang atm, that causes similar problems with other ati/apu users. from what i gathered if the proprietary drivers can not fix it, you might be SOL for a bit. might give another distro a shot, like crunchbang, its debian based tho.

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