I’ve been trying to get 11.0, and now 11.1 installed and stable on my machine for about a week an a half. I think I’ve reinstalled about a dozen times between the two versions. I keep running into weird problems like:
- video problem (fixed by setting it to run in VESA)
- hangs when trying to install various packaged (usually GNOME)
- hangs on reboot
- reboot to black screen
- fail on reboot with various error messages (last time was unable to access /var)
- unable to access NVIDIA repositories
I found out that my 11.0 download didn’t match the MD5 checksum, so that accounts for some of it. 11.1 does match and I ran the disk verification which passed. I ran memtest and that passes as long as I run it. I tried the firmware test and I got a lot of fail messages, but I don’t know what any of them mean. Can anybody give me any insight into these, or point me to a page with info (I did search and came up with nothing useful)?
[FAIL] OS/2 memory hole test F The memory map has a memory hole between 15Mb and 16Mb [FAIL] EDD Boot disk hinting F Boot device 0x80 does not support EDD [FAIL] DMI information check F No SMBIOS nor DMI entry point found. [FAIL] HPET configuration test F Failed to locate HPET base [WARN] CPU frequency scaling tests (1-2 mins) W Frequency scaling not supported [INFO] SVM Virtualization extensions Processor does not support Virtualization extensions [INFO] Processor microcode update Kernel too old; the kernel does not export microcode version Kernel too old; the kernel does not export microcode version [INFO] (experimental) DMA Remapping (Vt-d) test No DMAR ACPI table found. [INFO] Battery tests No battery information present [PASS] Validate assigned PCI resources [PASS] MTRR validation [PASS] PCI Express MaxReadReq tuning [PASS] Fan tests Fan FAM status is: on [PASS] EBDA region EBDA region is correctly reserved in the E820 table. [PASS] (experimental) APIC Edge/Level check [PASS] General ACPI information [PASS] DSDT AML verification Tested table DSDT.dsl [PASS] SUM duplicate test Tested _SUM ids, successfully found no duplicates
I don’t know if it matters, but here’s my hardware info (I’m installing the 64-bit version of 11.1):
Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe motherboard
AMD Athlon 64 3200+
Corsair 1Gb dual-channel
NVIDIA GeForce 7300 video
Turtle Beach Santa Cruz
(I’ve disabled serial, parallel ports on mobo as well as onboard sound. I’m using the nforce4 onboard ethernet).