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Old 07-03-2008, 09:59 PM
Kent West
Default SOLVED: How to Boot a Dell Optiplex 320?

Kent West wrote:
Apparently the Dell Optiplex 320 is one odd piece of computer; the
'Net is full of people having trouble installing Linux on it. And I've
just spent a day and a half trying to find a version of Windows that
would install on it so I could update the BIOS to the most recent
version, hoping that'd help.

The best solution I've seen so far is to use this line at the
installer's (Etch, I believe) LILO prompt:

boot: install pci=nomsi

That gets me farther than anything else I've tried, but when it tries
to find the CD-ROM, it can't find the drive. (Apparently there's
something really mucky about the SATA controller on this particular
model of Dell.)

So I tried going the route of doing a network install via
http://www.goodbye-microsoft.com, but it installs grub and doesn't
give me any option to feed the "pci=nomsi" parameter (or any other
similar parameters); I've been unable to find a way to force this grub
install to let me add boot arguments.

Anyone have any suggestions?

(Wow! I never thought I'd consider a Dell to be absolute cr*p, but
this is it.)



Kent West

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