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Please try and log into the console once booted. Do this by pressing ctrl-alt-f1, (ctrl-alt-f2 to swtich back to HAL). See Live CD and Live USB for more directions.

Tests for Live CD

  • Spins up
  • ISOLinux bootloader runs
  • Kernel runs
  • Framebuffer active
  • Interactive console

Boots and displays image on:

  • Toshiba Satellite A10 (Celery 2.19GHz) --Nad 03:03, 13 Dec 2006 (NZST)
  • Compaq Evo (P4 1.6GHz) --Nad 03:03, 13 Dec 2006 (NZST)
  • Compaq D510/D530 --Rob 03:49, 13 Dec 2006 (NZST)
  • Dell Precision 390 Dual core --Rob 03:49, 13 Dec 2006 (NZST)
  • iMac 20" Intel 2.19Ghz Dual Core - see Peerix on Intel Macs --Rob 03:49, 13 Dec 2006 (NZST)
  • Compaq Armada E500 (P3 450MHz) --Nad 03:58, 13 Dec 2006 (NZST)
  • Asus A6J Laptop T2400 Dual core (? 1.83Ghz) --Milan 04:33, 13 Dec 2006 (NZST)
  • Compaq Deskpro EN (P3 800MHz)
Booted, but couldn't obtain video mode (I think the video card has too little RAM) --Nad 04:37, 13 Dec 2006 (NZST)
Probably running into the 4MB video memory threshold - it's hard to choose the best VESA mode number. --Rob 05:43, 13 Dec 2006 (NZST)
There is a syslinux comboot program in the examples in the syslinux source tree that examines the bios and displays the video modes available. This program could be used to make an intelegent decision about what mode to choose. --Rob 20:06, 13 Dec 2006 (NZST)
  • Dell Optiplex GX620 P D 3.2GHz, very slow to display image --Phalseid 15:04, 13 Dec 2006 (NZST)
  • IBM Thinkpad 1.83 GHz Intel Duo--Phalseid 15:04, 13 Dec 2006 (NZST)
  • Gateway M255 E 1.66 GHz --Phalseid 15:04, 13 Dec 2006 (NZST)
  • Mac G5 -pending answer to this question: will i be able to remove the CD?- --Phalseid 15:10, 13 Dec 2006 (NZST)
I think you hace to hold down C to boot from CD, so to remove CD just reboot without C and eject from OSX like usual --Nad 18:38, 13 Dec 2006 (NZST)
Remember it's built for Intel only that this stage. So it won't run on G3/G4/G5 yet. --Rob 20:08, 13 Dec 2006 (NZST)
thought that this g5 is intel, but it did not boot... --Phalseid 22:31, 13 Dec 2006 (NZST)
G5 was the last PowerMac (PPC) --Rob 10:11, 14 Dec 2006 (NZST)
  • E-Machine AMD 2.21 GHz. --Phalseid 02:00, 15 Dec 2006 (NZST)
  • AMD Athalon XP2000 512MB with Nvidia Geforce MX440 64MB TV out - viewed through TV.
Bootloader complains of undefined mode number. Boots into freaky video mode where the text is very large and multi-coloured. Keeps checking for DHCP discover and can't cope with the fact that there is no network. The udchp should be called by init in such a way that it runs as a separate thread and does not block further actions.
SDL error is: SDL_SetVideoMode: No video mode large enough for 1024x768. --Rob 10:52, 20 Dec 2006 (NZST)


On all my tests there's been garbage coming up for a second or so before the HAL image - this garbage I think is supposed to be a linux penguin and console text. --Nad 04:37, 13 Dec 2006 (NZST)

Yes it is a palette corupted penguin. And yes it is totally normal. I tried to customise the logo but ended up doing something to it. Better would be no logos at all. --Rob 05:41, 13 Dec 2006 (NZST)