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Hi! A few days ago, my Dell Dimension 8300, running Suse 9.3, wouldn't boot anymore. After choosing suse in the boot menu the screen went blank and after a few ...
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    Unhappy Can't boot with ACPI anymore


    Hi!

    A few days ago, my Dell Dimension 8300, running Suse 9.3, wouldn't boot anymore. After choosing suse in the boot menu the screen went blank and after a few seconds the computer restarted itself and returned to the boot menu.

    I can still boot Windows, and also booting Suse in failsafe mode worked so I started trying out each of the additional options in isolation and soon found that specifying "acpi=off" solved the problem.

    Yesterday I was experimenting with different boot options and tried "apm=off" and it booted! All seemed well and ACPI was obviously enabled. This morning though, it wouldn't boot unless I specified "acpi=off".


    A few questions:

    1) What could cause the boot failure suddenly? I haven't installed anything recently. Honestly!

    2) What do I lose by not activating ACPI, exccept that the computer won't turn off automatically when I shut down?

    3) The "/var/log/messages" file has no entries for the time periods when boot has failed. Are there any other log that could help me diagnose the problem?


    Below are slected entries from various log files. Can't see that anything is logged when booting with ACPI fails.


    The last few log entries in /var/log/acpid. July 6 is when it stopped
    working:
    ----------------------------------------
    [Tue Jul 4 09:15:52 2006] starting up
    [Tue Jul 4 09:15:52 2006] 0 rules loaded
    [Tue Jul 4 09:15:53 2006] client connected from 7288[0:0]
    [Tue Jul 4 09:15:53 2006] 1 client rule loaded
    [Tue Jul 4 17:20:28 2006] exiting
    [Wed Jul 5 07:31:10 2006] starting up
    [Wed Jul 5 07:31:10 2006] 0 rules loaded
    [Wed Jul 5 07:31:10 2006] client connected from 7153[0:0]
    [Wed Jul 5 07:31:10 2006] 1 client rule loaded
    [Wed Jul 5 21:23:56 2006] exiting
    ----------------------------------------


    ACPI related entries in /var/log/messages:
    ----------------------------------------
    Jul 4 09:15:24 gunnar kernel: ACPI: PCI interrupt 0000:01:00.0[A] -> GSI 16
    (level, low) -> IRQ 185
    :
    Jul 4 09:15:51 gunnar kernel: ACPI: Power Button (FF) [PWRF]
    :
    Jul 5 07:30:44 gunnar kernel: ACPI: PCI interrupt 0000:01:00.0[A] -> GSI 16
    (level, low) -> IRQ 177
    :
    Jul 5 07:31:10 gunnar kernel: ACPI: Power Button (FF) [PWRF]
    ----------------------------------------


    Some rows from /var/log/boot.msg:
    ----------------------------------------
    <4>Linux version 2.6.11.4-21.12-smp (geeko@buildhost) (gcc version 3.3.5
    20050117 (prerelease) (SUSE Linux)) #1 SMP Wed May 10 09:38:20 UTC 2006
    <6>BIOS-provided physical RAM map:
    <4> BIOS-e820: 0000000000000000 - 00000000000a0000 (usable)
    <4> BIOS-e820: 00000000000f0000 - 0000000000100000 (reserved)
    <4> BIOS-e820: 0000000000100000 - 000000007ff74000 (usable)
    <4> BIOS-e820: 000000007ff74000 - 000000007ff76000 (ACPI NVS)
    <4> BIOS-e820: 000000007ff76000 - 000000007ff97000 (ACPI data)
    <4> BIOS-e820: 000000007ff97000 - 0000000080000000 (reserved)
    <4> BIOS-e820: 00000000fec00000 - 00000000fec10000 (reserved)
    <4> BIOS-e820: 00000000fecf0000 - 00000000fecf1000 (reserved)
    <4> BIOS-e820: 00000000fed20000 - 00000000fed90000 (reserved)
    <4> BIOS-e820: 00000000fee00000 - 00000000fee10000 (reserved)
    <4> BIOS-e820: 00000000ffb00000 - 0000000100000000 (reserved)
    :
    <4>Kernel command line: root=/dev/sdb2 vga=0x346 selinux=0 splash=silent
    resume=/dev/sdb1 acpi=off
    :
    <6>ACPI: Subsystem revision 20050211
    <6>ACPI: Interpreter disabled.
    <6>Linux Plug and Play Support v0.97 (c) Adam Belay
    <6>pnp: PnP ACPI: disabled
    ----------------------------------------




    I would be very grateful if someone could shed some light on this problem!

    TIA,
    Gunnar

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    Quote Originally Posted by gugrim
    1) What could cause the boot failure suddenly? I haven't installed anything recently. Honestly!
    Check out your ACPI settings in the BIOS, and make sure you have latest BIOS version (A07) for your Dimension 8300.

    Quote Originally Posted by gugrim
    2) What do I lose by not activating ACPI, exccept that the computer won't turn off automatically when I shut down?
    Some hardware detection and power management features. More info here :
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acpi

    Quote Originally Posted by gugrim
    <6>BIOS-provided physical RAM map:
    <4> BIOS-e820: 0000000000000000 - 00000000000a0000 (usable)
    <4> BIOS-e820: 00000000000f0000 - 0000000000100000 (reserved)
    <4> BIOS-e820: 0000000000100000 - 000000007ff74000 (usable)
    <4> BIOS-e820: 000000007ff74000 - 000000007ff76000 (ACPI NVS)
    <4> BIOS-e820: 000000007ff76000 - 000000007ff97000 (ACPI data)
    <4> BIOS-e820: 000000007ff97000 - 0000000080000000 (reserved)
    <4> BIOS-e820: 00000000fec00000 - 00000000fec10000 (reserved)
    <4> BIOS-e820: 00000000fecf0000 - 00000000fecf1000 (reserved)
    <4> BIOS-e820: 00000000fed20000 - 00000000fed90000 (reserved)
    <4> BIOS-e820: 00000000fee00000 - 00000000fee10000 (reserved)
    <4> BIOS-e820: 00000000ffb00000 - 0000000100000000 (reserved)
    Make sure your BIOS is set to Plug & Play OS.

    More info about Dell Dimension 8300 BIOS update :
    http://support.dell.com/support/topi...=us&l=en&s=gen
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    Thanks for your reply!

    Quote Originally Posted by antidrugue
    Check out your ACPI settings in the BIOS, and make sure you have latest BIOS version (A07) for your Dimension 8300.
    I do have BIOS version A07. Everything has worked perfectly since I installed SuSE 9.3 more than a year ago.

    Quote Originally Posted by antidrugue
    Make sure your BIOS is set to Plug & Play OS.
    Don't know how to do that. Can't find any such setting.

    As I mentioned in passing in my original post, booting with ACPI enabled did succeed again, but only once, two days ago. I haven't made any changes to either hardware, BIOS or Linux between failures and success.

    Dell won't help me of course since Windows boots without any problem!

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