openSUSE 11 LiveCD boot fails at "clocksource tsc unstable"

Hi.

I am trying to get openSUSE 11.0 to boot on two older computers, one has a 166 MHZ Pentium (1) and the other has a 500 MHz AMD K6-2 CPU. OpenSUSE 10.2 and prior versions ran OK on both systems. The MD5SUM matched the download afterwards.

When I boot the openSUSE 11.0 LiveCD on either system and look at the console messages as it boots, it stops at “clocksource tsc unstable” with some random number and “ns” next to it. I added the “notsc” boot parameter and it also hung when it detected the keyboard and mouse, had it continued without “notsc” present, the next item to appear would have been “clocksource tsc unstable”.

Is this a known issue with 11.0? I would have reasonably expected a problem running something on the Pentium 1 because of its speed, but not on the K6-2.

Thank you in advance for any assistance

edwardp2 wrote:
> Hi.
>
> I am trying to get openSUSE 11.0 to boot on two older computers, one
> has a 166 MHZ Pentium (1) and the other has a 500 MHz AMD K6-2 CPU.
> OpenSUSE 10.2 and prior versions ran OK on both systems. The MD5SUM
> matched the download afterwards.
>
> When I boot the openSUSE 11.0 LiveCD on either system and look at the
> console messages as it boots, it stops at “clocksource tsc unstable”
> with some random number and “=ms” next to it. I added the “notsc” boot
> parameter and it also hung when it detected the keyboard and mouse, had
> it continued without “notsc” present, the next item to appear would have
> been “clocksource tsc unstable”.

I don’t thing the tsc is the problem. I have been getting that message for a
very long time without any problems, even on my 6-month old dual-core Turion 64.

> Is this a known issue with 11.0? I would have reasonably expected a
> problem running something on the Pentium 1 because of its speed, but not
> on the K6-2.

Although you have the wrong issue, there may be other problems. I was not able
to boot the 11.0 Live CD on my K6-2/450, but I wasn’t really interested in
upgrading from the 10.3 that is on that machine. If I remember correctly, the
hard drive was not found. Just the other day, I found that the kernel panics
when trying to boot the 11.1-rc1 Live CD. This was reported to openSUSE, but
they are contributing few resources to fixing the problem. I was able to boot
the NET install disk, thus I will be able to update one 11.1 is released.

Larry