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Boot MX-14.2 on a Dell E521

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Boot MX-14.2 on a Dell E521

#1 Post by namida12 » Mon Sep 08, 2014 6:06 pm

Seems i need to do a Bios upgrade, but if i add acpi=noirq it get farther in the boot but still stops. <--Do not have a clue how to do a bios update no windows hard drive in this system.

First and foremost, you have to make sure your E521 is running BIOS version 1.1.4 (Released January 2007).
http://linux-blog.org/dell-dimension-e521-with-linux/

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Booting live media hangs... No differences between kernel builds 2798 and 2849.
On 01/01/2007 Dell released a new bios version (1.1.4) which fixes this problem for me.
Dell recommended workarounds: Add "acpi=noirq" to kernel command line. Alternatively you may try adding "enable_8254_timer" instead.

The "acpi=noirq" get me farther in the boot process and I get this message: switch_root: can't execute '/sbin/init': Input/output error

adding "enable_8254_timer" is rejected, maybe there is a different method to enter?

Bios update:
http://www.felix-schwarz.name/Flashing_ ... x_%28en%29

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Re: Boot MX-14.2 on a Dell E521

#2 Post by lucky9 » Mon Sep 08, 2014 8:19 pm

I think the USB FlashDrive directions here are clearer to me: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DellBIOS

Note: For a DOS bootable Image: http://www.bootdisk.com/
They have images for both CD and FlashDrives. FlashDrive is probably easier to make. Last time I did a BIOS Flash I used a CD-RW. (I don't think FlashDrives, if they were around anyway, were cheap enough for me at the time.) Just put the bootable DOS Image on the drive then copy over the .exe file. Boot from USB, enter DIR to see the name of the .exe file and enter that.

It will take longer than you think to finish. But it should tell you that you're finished. And as far as I'm concerned DOS is way easier than Linux.
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Re: Boot MX-14.2 on a Dell E521

#3 Post by namida12 » Tue Sep 09, 2014 1:31 pm

lucky9 wrote: It will take longer than you think to finish. But it should tell you that you're finished.
Will try tomorrow when I have the time to experiment...

Thanks

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Re: Boot MX-14.2 on a Dell E521

#4 Post by lucky9 » Tue Sep 09, 2014 1:36 pm

Only caveat is that you don't want to flash a BIOS when there's a chance of losing power. A UPS fixes this, but so does good weather and a Sunday for the most part.
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