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Re: [gNewSense-users] Installation problems

From: Karl Goetz
Subject: Re: [gNewSense-users] Installation problems
Date: Sat, 25 Aug 2007 11:09:45 +0930
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Ed Iglehart wrote:
> Hi,
> Sent this to the forum as well, but it might do as well here:
> I've been trying to get gNewSense 1.1 running on a middle-aged desktop
> and get the following errors:
> Unable to locate RDSP <solved by booting "linux acpi=off"> [nnn.nnnnnn]
> hdc: ide_intr: Huh? expected NULL handler on exit
> <tried typing evms_activate - no noticeable result>
> <a long couple of screens containing the following>

> [nnn.nnnnnn] hdc: ide_intr: Huh? expected NULL handler on exit
> [nnn.nnnnnn] Buffer I/O error on device hdc, logical block nnnnn

Get many of these?
hdc is the primary master on the 2nd ide channel - usualy cdrom drive.
its quite possible the drive is buggered.

do you have one you can change it for?

> [nnn.nnnnnn] SQUASHFS error: sb_bread failed reading block hhhhhh
> [nnn.nnnnnn] SQUASHFS error: unable to read fragment cache block
> [hhhhhhh] [nnn.nnnnnn] SQUASHFS error: unable to read page, block
> hhhhhhh, size 7336

Other errors could well be a 'knock on' result of being unable to read
the cdrom.

> Eventually just sits there like the tarbaby....
> Computer: Emachines Etower 633(Version 1.2.C-UK)
> Specifications (from the manual):

> • PCI bus interface
> • Integrated IDE controller
* cdrom drive.

> Anyone got any ideas? I don't mind losing Windows Millennium Edition, in
> fact that';s one of the main reasons for wanting Linux, but I would like
> to dual-boot for a wee while if possible.

you could do worse then lose WME, have to agree :).

> Thanks in advance ed iglehart
> P.S. Got 1.1 running fine on the laptop with dual-boot and shared
> partition for Firefox and Thunderbird, so can do web or email from
> either system. Followed advice from here:


> The Ultimate Linux/Windows System | Linux Journal
> <>
> if interested.

Karl Goetz
User of gNewSense: Free as in Freedom -
Australian Ubuntu users team -
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