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Old September 14, 2008, 07:31 AM
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I'm trying to get OpenSuse (or any linux for that matter....) installed on a HDD for testing purposes, and I keep getting a "an error occured during initrd creation" error. It's not the HDDs (been through 3 different ATA drives with the same error).

I've done a several google searches and really haven't come up with much.

Any ideas from the linux gurus out there?

Hardware is a S754 Asrock 6100 chipset motherboard w/ an A64 3000+ chip & 512M corsair PC3200 powered by an OCZ 420W Modstream (26A 12V rail).

I'm starting to wonder if there isn't a hardware setting for IDE in bios that should normally be set for installing linux.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, but I'm not going to go too deeply into it if is just a chipset specific issue. If it comes down to that I'll install XP on it and run it for a couple of days without activating it just for testing purposes.
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Old September 14, 2008, 07:54 AM
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you may have to disable acpi on boot.

When you put the install disc in you should get a prompt that comes up before anything happens.

At this prompt usually typing something lke -> boot acpi=off

will do it.
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Old September 14, 2008, 10:06 AM
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Thanks, I'll check that out.

Might also have something to do with the earlier live versions not wanting to work.... it'd load up as a boot disk fine, but as soon as the OS tried to initialize the ide controllers it'd then claim that it couldn't find an optical drive.
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Old September 16, 2008, 08:23 PM
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I have experience this type of problems a couple of time on some older hardware.

And for one of my costumer the only thing that work was to use a slightly older distro with an older kernel. For example mandriva 2008.1 was able to install but fail to write the boot loader with similar error as your's. Ubuntu didn't work either. So I try the Mandriva 2008 version and voilą problem solve. after some research I found out that some of the more recent kernel was the culprit. I think you can find the 2008 live CD here

ftp://ftp.uwsg.indiana.edu/linux/man...ial/iso/2008.0

I hope this will help.
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Old September 17, 2008, 08:40 AM
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I have experience this type of problems a couple of time on some older hardware.

And for one of my costumer the only thing that work was to use a slightly older distro with an older kernel. For example mandriva 2008.1 was able to install but fail to write the boot loader with similar error as your's. Ubuntu didn't work either. So I try the Mandriva 2008 version and voilą problem solve. after some research I found out that some of the more recent kernel was the culprit. I think you can find the 2008 live CD here

ftp://ftp.uwsg.indiana.edu/linux/man...ial/iso/2008.0

I hope this will help.
Thanks for the suggestions. Looking back (google searches) it looks like this issue has been around for a while with the most common solution being the use of a live CD distro to install rather than the full DVD install.

I didn't end up resolving the initial issue, but the newest Ubuntu live CD install worked like a charm. Flawless install with Audio & Lan immediately, and a prompt for "non-supported third party drivers" for the Nvidia GFX.

Chipset driver also seemed to work well as I had no problems picking up USB keyboard/mouse & reading info from a USB memory stick.
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Old September 17, 2008, 06:18 PM
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good for you
Ubuntu is a fine distribution when everything work out of the box.

enjoy your free computer :)
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