antiX-17_386-base boots, but no graphical environment

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  • #4668
    Anonymous

      So, I’ve been experimenting with Antix-17 on an old laptop, and I think it will be perfect for my old IBM NetVista 225732U. Notably, this machine has:

      *1300/100 Mhz Celeron Processor
      *256MB RAM
      *Intel(R) 8xx Chipset Video BI

      I burned the 32-bit antiX-17_386-base.iso image to a CD and booted up the machine. Immediately after loading the kernel, I am hit with this error:

      Undefined video mode number: 317
      Press <ENTER> to see video modes available, <SPACE> to continue, or wait 30 sec

      After multiple reboots I’ve tried all three; none of them seem to make a difference. The machine eventually begins to load antiX, scrolling through colorful lines of text, apparently without incident. However, when it reaches the point where every other machine I’ve tested it on loads the graphical desktop, the IBM freezes on a black screen. I have noticed that the IBM reacts similarly to almost any Debian/Ubuntu-based distro. It boots Q4OS and Slacko Puppy Linux without difficulty. It also used to boot Lucid Puppy, but booting Tahrpup results in the same screen blanking as soon as the machine tries to load the graphical environment.
      Is there anything I can do to load antiX properly. Could it be that this machine is just too far behind the times? Any, and I mean any feedback would be appreciated.

      #4670
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      rokytnji

        I’d bump the ram to max if me.
        Check out using cli installer I guess on 256MB of ram if you wanna stick with 256Mb.

        Sometimes I drive a crooked road to get my mind straight.
        I don't suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute off it.
        Motorcycle racing is rocket science.

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        #4671
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        rokytnji

          I just wait for video modes instead of hitting enter or space key.

          Sometimes I drive a crooked road to get my mind straight.
          I don't suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute off it.
          Motorcycle racing is rocket science.

          Linux Registered User # 475019
          How to Search for AntiX solutions to your problems

          #4672
          Anonymous

            Thank you for the suggestions.

            When I waited 30 seconds for the video modes, everything loaded normally, however, when preparing to display the graphical environment, there was a quick burst of black and white fuzz, then a back-lit black screen again, the same as all the other times.
            You mentioned RAM; since I don’t have any extra RAM sticks handy, I will probably try the cli-installer like you suggested. I’m beginning to suspect that 256 MB is insufficient for booting a live system; if I can manage to get antiX installed, things may work better.

            Thanks again. I will post an update as soon as I can.

            #4704
            Anonymous

              So I’ve narrowed the problem down to the Linux kernel; all the Linux distros that have run well on the IBM run kernels from Linux 3.xx.xx. I installed antiX-17_386.iso to a USB drive, booted it on my main computer, and installed the following packages via Synaptic:

              *linux-headers-3.7.10-antix.5-486-smp:i386
              *linux-image-3.7.10-antix.5-486-smp:i386

              They installed without any errors. I then opened the terminal and ran the following command:

              sudo update-grub

              The command finished without errors. I powered off the machine, plugged the USB drive into the IBM, and booted from it. When I reached the GRUB menu, I chose “Advanced Options for antiX” and selected kernel 3.7.10. The computer returned the following errors:

              (See attatched image)

              I’m not sure if I missed a step, or if there’s some configuration file I need to edit (I’m not a coder, so editing files with root privileges makes me a bit nervous). Any ideas?

              #4707
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              caprea

                Did you update the kernel on the live-usb this way?
                http://mxlinux.org/wiki/help-files/help-live-usb-kernel-updater

                Its in the mx-wiki on 6.6.1
                http://mxlinux.org/user_manual_mx17/mxum.pdf

                I’m not really sure, if its a tool in controll-center on antix when running live, I never did.

                Edit: Booted my live-stick, it’s a tool in control-center under live

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                #4716
                Anonymous

                  Did you update the kernel on the live-usb this way?
                  http://mxlinux.org/wiki/help-files/help-live-usb-kernel-updater

                  I did not; I installed the kernel packages via Synaptic Package Manager, as I am trying to make modifications to an installed system stored on a USB pendrive.

                  #4717
                  Anonymous

                    top result of my quick websearch for “linux boot Undefined video mode number”
                    http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/slackware-14/undefined-video-mode-number-891916/
                    suggested:

                    try using a bootline parameter (value: hexadecimal equivalent to the reputedly “unknown” mode 317)
                    vga=0x13D
                    or try bootline parameter
                    vga=normal

                    If the above doesn’t solve, read about the further boot parameters which are avalable:
                    http://download.tuxfamily.org/antix/docs-antiX-17/live-boot/alpha-index.html
                    http://download.tuxfamily.org/antix/docs-antiX-17/live-boot/personalize.html#boot-options
                    ——————

                    edit:
                    After websearching “linux boot run-init current directory on the same filesystem as the root”
                    I’m not confident the suggestion above will solve this (run-init) problem.
                    So, give it a few days… wait for other replies.

                    #4719
                    Anonymous

                      Thanks, skidoo, for the advice. I’ll try those vga codes and also wait to see if an answer to the run-init issue presents itself.

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