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Offline ewanbcn

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TC Fails mid boot
« on: March 19, 2013, 01:49:26 AM »
I have a usb install which has been working fine, yesterday I received a new board to test - jetway NC98-525E - which worked perfectly all day.
Today when attempting to boot I get as far as -
"adding 516500k swap on /dev/zram0. Priority:-1 extents:1 across:516500k ss"
then nothing...

Its definately a hardware problem with the board as I've tested the usb on others and also another working usb install halts at the same point.

My question is - does anyone know why it stops before the squashfs line in dmesg, it worked fine all day yesterday so some hardware has failed but any clues as to what?

Thanks

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Re: TC Fails mid boot
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2013, 02:57:22 AM »
You could give the boot code "nozswap" a try and see if it goes any further then...
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Re: TC Fails mid boot
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2013, 03:06:03 AM »
Hi ewanbcn
About the only things you can do in a case like this swap parts one at a time if you have any available.
If you have two DIMMS, try them one at a time in case one is faulty. Anything that plugs in (CPU, power supply, etc.)
for which you have a known working one, plug it in. You could also try checking the BIOS to see if it contains any
settings that may be out of wack (overclocking?), and if it has that displays CPU temperature and voltages, check
that too.
Or you could just try tinypoodles idea.

This is not a base issue, moving to Off Topic.

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Re: TC Fails mid boot
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2013, 03:18:09 AM »
And if all of the above should remain inconclusive or if it works better when removing some memory stick, then you might consider running memtest86 or memtest86+
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Re: TC Fails mid boot
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2013, 05:07:07 AM »
Thanks
I'll try and find the cause now

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Re: TC Fails mid boot
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2013, 05:25:16 AM »
Ah well no luck here

I swapped out the mem module and tried "nozswap" to no avail, it just hangs on "setting language to C" after skipping the zswap!

Looks like the mb is fried, it's just annoying not being able to pinpoint the issue

Thanks

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Re: TC Fails mid boot
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2013, 03:53:57 AM »
Update:
I got Ubuntu working on this board no problem so still unsure as to why tiny stalls.
The board is an intel atom with Nvidia GT218 graphics but tiny doesn't even get that far, problem is I've turned on debug but thats the only info I can get & the boot stalls after "creating /etc/fstab" and "setting the language to C" with no further info.

Any help or ideas welcome  :(

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Re: TC Fails mid boot
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2013, 04:11:29 AM »
Could you post your exact bootloader configuration?
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Re: TC Fails mid boot
« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2013, 04:19:51 AM »
Bootloader config

debug=on tce=sda1 home=sda1 noicons kmap=qwerty/uk

nothing special

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Re: TC Fails mid boot
« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2013, 05:11:04 AM »
Where did you get "debug=on" from?

My suggestion would be to try:
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debug loglevel=7 base norestore noicons
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Re: TC Fails mid boot
« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2013, 05:39:08 AM »
Ooops

I should've said debug=true but anyhow...

Stalled in the exact same place no further info gleamed I'm afraid, I only know that the next line normally refers to squashfs  when booting successfully :(

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Re: TC Fails mid boot
« Reply #11 on: March 22, 2013, 05:52:59 AM »
Neither could I see "debug=true" documented.

Failing that, you could try to boot the kernel of ubuntu which works for you in combo with core.gz, Frankencore so to speak...
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Re: TC Fails mid boot
« Reply #12 on: March 22, 2013, 06:49:43 AM »
Hi ewanbcn
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Bootloader config

debug=on tce=sda1 home=sda1 noicons kmap=qwerty/uk
I don't see a   waitusb=5    anywhere in there.

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Re: TC Fails mid boot
« Reply #13 on: March 22, 2013, 07:42:06 AM »
It's there just didn't mention it sorry

No go on the Frankencore  ::)

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Re: TC Fails mid boot
« Reply #14 on: March 22, 2013, 07:53:31 AM »
As I mentioned before this USB works fine on many other devices so I cannot see it being a problem with the boot config, but then again I didn't think there would be a problem in the first place  ;)