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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 7:40 pm    Post subject: LiveDVD display troubles with E350IS-E45 Mini-ITX system Reply with quote

Hi.

I have just recently bought an E350IS-E45 with 4GiB of RAM. However, using the 11.2 AMD64-multilib livedvd, upon straight boot of "gentoo" kernel I get the message:
pci_root PNP0A08.00: address space collision: host bridge windows <mem 0x000C8000-0x000dffff> conflict with video ROM <mem 0x000c0000-0x000cdfff>

After that, the computer just stands for about a minute, eventually showing me http://i.imgur.com/bapYxh.jpg which then leads to http://i.imgur.com/0wJmdh.jpg and nothing can be done to rectify that, just reboot.

Tried again, this time with nofb kernel variant, same thing happens.

After that, I tried altering boot options, such as nox, pci=nocrs. Upon using pci=nocrs, I no longer get the address space collision message. Also, with bootsplash/framebuffer removed, I can see that the long delay in boot is due to "Switching to clocksource tsc" where it freezes for a minute or so as I mentioned. However, no matter what options I pass, I always end up with a result like in the screenshots I posted.

Windows 7 works perfectly, an old DSL works, even with X. Not yet downloaded any other distro to try, though I might do that, but I wish to use Gentoo, which is my goto distro, and has been since 2003(Back when I first installed it on an Athlon XP with Nforce 2(including the nforce 2 NIC, and no other option...))

Thanks in advance,
QH
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

QuentinHarlech,

Welcome to Gentoo.

I had the same problems with my E35M1-I, which is the same core parts. Get the testing version of SystemRescueCD its gentoo based an has all the odds and ends to allow you to just follow the handbook to install.

There are a few things to be aware of. You need gcc-4.6.x to get the best out of the Fusion CPU, which is still hard masked.

If you do get gcc-4.6 then you can use
Code:
CFLAGS="-O2 -pipe -march=btver1"
in /etc/make.conf
-march=btver1 was only introduced at gcc-4.6
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, any other trapfalls I need to be aware of? Any UEFI troubles etc? Any specific unmaskings I need to make?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

QuentinHarlech,

Not to get you goings at any rate. If you are heading an xbmc media player, there are a few more.

The normal stage3 works but I do confess, I used the current stage3 to do a stage1 install as I wanted gcc-4.6.x from the ground up.
I PXE boot, and mount root over nfs as my system contains no HDD.

Normal non EFI booting seems to work too. At least, booting SystemRescueCD from a USB stick works. I've never tried a hard drive.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, it's not an XBMC box.

I'll be running /var, /home and /tmp from a mechanical disk, and the rest from a SSD, if everything goes according to plan.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

QuentinHarlech,

Put /tmp in RAM as its only used for small files and is wiped every boot.

Code:
/dev/shm                                /tmp             tmpfs          noatime                         0 0

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, I'm going to pretty much max out the memory on the box with what it's going to be used for(home-brewed GIS stuff, meant to be "somewhat" portable, it's more durable than a laptop, more easily packed, and will be connected to a generator. Oh, and it's cheaper than the equivalent grunt power laptops)
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