On Wed, Aug 5, 2009 at 5:45 PM, Miguel<luis.hen...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 5, 2009 at 10:37 PM, Glen Barber<glen.j.bar...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Wed, Aug 5, 2009 at 5:35 PM, Miguel<luis.hen...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Hi Glen,
>>>> Can you try booting with ACPI disabled?  It should be option 2 from
>>>> the loader menu.
>>> Yes, I tried that already with same results.
>> Can you try the installation media on another machine (to rule out a
>> bad CD or bad burn)?
> The CD image seems to be fine (both of them): I have installed them on a Linux
> kvm virtual machine and there were no problems -- both are able to do the
> complete installation and I am able to boot the resulting image.
> (Sorry, no other "physical" machines available at the moment.)

That's fine.  At least you know the media / image are working.

>> Also, is it possible to upgrade the BIOS on the problem machine?
> I would love to upgrade my BIOS but I am unable to do that -- I have not 
> Windows
> installed and my vendor requires Windows to be installed in order to perform 
> the
> upgrade (yes, I know!  I will never buy another laptop from them!)

No comment. :-)

> I have not tried 8.0-BETA (as someone on the IRC channel suggested) but not 
> sure
> if it will make any difference.  As far as I understand, the snapshot I tried 
> is
> more recent than 8.0-BETA2.  Or am I wrong?  Is it worth downloading one more
> ISO just to try it?

The -BETA, -BETA1, -BETA2 images are run the same way -RELEASE images
are -- once the image is released, there are no further updates to it.
 That is why when you download a -RELEASE, any patches that may have
been released afterwards are not reflected in the install image.

For what it's worth, I tried the -BETA2 image on my laptop, and the
ndis driver was causing panics.  I used 7.2-RELEASE to install the OS,
and rebuilt world/kernel from my build machine using NFS, and the
panics went away.

After rereading your original question, you were using a -CURRENT
snapshot to install -- -BETA2 was released a few weeks ago.  It may
have the problem fixed, yes, but it is not guaranteed.  To answer your
question, "is it worth downloading...": that depends.  If you're
willing to waste another CD if it fails, is up to you, but your
problem may be fixed in -BETA2.

Glen Barber
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