Neither 8.04 or 8.10 will boot on my hardware so I am stuck at 7.10

Mark Kirkwood markir at
Sat Dec 27 22:05:04 UTC 2008

Jeff Silverman wrote:
> People,
> When I try to boot either 8.04 or 8.10 on my desktop, the boot process 
> takes about 20 minutes and eventually kicks me into busybox with an 
> initramfs prompt. 
> I carefully checked the MD5 checksum before burning my CDs and did a 
> read after write when I burned my CD. I had the same troubles 8.04. The 
> system would take about 20 minutes and kick me into initramfs and 
> busybox. I can still run 7.10 just fine. I also tried using 
> all_generic_ide and rootdelay=130 in the boot string, no joy.
> I read somewhere that this was a bug in a 8.04 and I was hoping that it 
> would be fixed in 8.10.  I wish I had kept that information.
> I have an IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. 
> VT82C586A/B/VT82C686/A/B/VT823x/A/C PIPC Bus Master IDE (rev 06) AMD 
> Athlon(tm) XP 1800+ 512 MBytes of RAM.
> This is a generic IDE controller with "old fashioned" IDE disk drives. 
> What other information would be helpful?
The output from dmidecode would be helpful (should tell us the 
motherboard model number for instance).



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