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Offline SSC

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Dell Inspiron 14 3452 with eMMC
« on: April 18, 2021, 09:58:07 AM »
I have an old Dell Inspiron 14 3452 with an eMMC instead of a typical hard drive where Windows has completely crashed on it. I have tried booting other distros of Linux onto the computer with no success and I'm not sure why that is. I think that there may be an advantage to Tiny Core Plus because of the size.

When I try to boot Tiny Core Plus with the X/GUI+Wifi Extension option (there isn't an Ethernet port on the computer), I get this message:

Decompressing Linux... Parsing ELF... No relocation needed... done.  Booting the kernel.

It sits like this indefinitely. What do I do to fix this error? Thanks. 

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Re: Dell Inspiron 14 3452 with eMMC
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2021, 11:03:53 PM »
The kernel failed to boot. Adding the "debug" option (press tab on one of the entries, type it in, press enter) may give some more output.
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Re: Dell Inspiron 14 3452 with eMMC
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2021, 05:12:04 PM »
Thank you for replying. After typing in the debug command on the X/GUI only option, the final displayed message reads

input: Power Button as /devices/LNXSYSTM:00/LNXPWRBN:00/input/input3
ACPI: Power Button [PWRF]

Not sure if that is helpful. The only other thing I see that may be an issue is the file layout driver, which reads as "NFSv4 File Layout Driver". I think I read somewhere that any boot media for this laptop model needs to be GPT with a FAT32 file system. Not sure if that's an issue or not.

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Re: Dell Inspiron 14 3452 with eMMC
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2021, 11:18:47 PM »
You'd be looking for messages about the initrd/initramfs, why it failed to load. Shift-pageup may let you scroll the messages. But it seems all Linux has trouble on that laptop for you, maybe the BIOS is really buggy or something.
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Re: Dell Inspiron 14 3452 with eMMC
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2021, 04:38:16 PM »
I think I figured something out. I was able to run some diagnostic tests with a direct connection and it essentially told me that there was a hard drive error, which essentially means the eMMC is probably burned out. I could try to jerry rig an actual hard drive in for fun though.

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Re: Dell Inspiron 14 3452 with eMMC
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2021, 04:54:25 PM »
Hi SSC
... I could try to jerry rig an actual hard drive in for fun though.
I think you might be disappointed. I Googled that model last week. According to some owners of that model, there
is an open space to house a hard drive, but no cabling, connector, or electronics on the motherboard to support it.
I also read the eMMC is not something you can unplug and replace, it's soldered in.