uable to load system description tables

Sundar Nagarajan sundar.personal at
Sun Oct 12 23:25:19 BST 2008

Kevin Jones wrote:
> Hello all,
> I recently tried to upgrade to I I 8.10
> I have an old Hewlett Packard Pavillion
> When I tried to upgrade to I.I.
> 8.10 I was  asked to reboot.
> The result is after grub loading I get this message
> A 02811201
> ACPI: unable to load systems descriptions tables.
> No matter which linux program I run (I tried to run the knoppix live dvd)
> I cannot start a session.
> Any  help would be welcome
> kevin Jones

Try adding "acpi=force" or "acpi=off" to the kernel command line. I 
believe that if you have a BIOS from earlier than 2000, you need acpi=off


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