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Hiccup installing PMOS 7 on an older Toshiba (SOLVED)
« on: July 18, 2016, 09:00:23 pm »
Hi there!

I've been trying to test drive PMOS 7 on my old computers.
Using the 32 bit installer, of course.

Installed it on an ASUS netbook, no problem.

Not so lucky with my Toshiba Satellite A100, which was working fine with PMOS 6.

It booted well enough with the live USB, but then into an endless loop of error messages that were too fast for me to copy down.
But they went something like this:
ntpd[1540]
error resolving pool (etc etc)
temporary failure in name resolution
then back to the ntpd messages


I also tried to install Lubuntu on the same computer and got the same sort of result.

I tried the USB install drive again and checked the HDD.
I've got a hybrid drive with 500 MB of SSD on a 500 GB drive.
I think, maybe the hybrid drive is conflicting with the installer.
It's a (relatively) new HDD that hasn't been used much, so I don't think it's defective.

Anyway.  Does anyone have any ideas?
Should I go into the "Something Else" part of the installer early on?

I used the Disks utility in the installer disk to reformat my HDD.

Any hints will be welcome.  Including what information to look for that would be more helpful than "it doesn't work".   ::)

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Hiccup installing PMOS 7 on an older Toshiba
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2016, 01:02:46 pm »
So what are we saying here ?

It boots into a live session, but once installed doesn't boot ?

Have you tried booting with no network connection ?
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Re: Hiccup installing PMOS 7 on an older Toshiba
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2016, 08:08:30 pm »
So what are we saying here ?

It boots into a live session, but once installed doesn't boot ?

Have you tried booting with no network connection ?

Hi Again!

It's actually not finishing the install at all.

It starts well enough, or seems to.

But once it starts the install process it starts that endless loop of messages.
I started looking at that part on the third attempt to try installing PMOS7.
The whole installation process was done and working in under 25 minutes on the ASUS netbook (another 32 bit machine).
But after about an hour and a half on the Toshiba, it was still showing "downloading files" (maybe 20% the entire time).

I did try it with and without downloading updates and it behaved the same each time.
I didn't think to try rejecting a router connection first, though.

I was using the same USB stick that successfully installed PMOS on my ASUS.
And Firefox works properly with a router connection.

The other reason I thought the hard drive might be the problem is that when I looked at the hard drive from the installer drive, Disks showed a partition of 500 MB (which would be the SSD portion of the hard drive) and two (!) 500 GB partitions on a 500 GB drive.
I haven't tried installing it again just yet pending some input.

Do you think I should try giving it a go without a wireless connection?
Or might there be some issue with having a hybrid drive in that computer (which worked fine with PMOS6, as I said)?

Or is there some sort of terminal command(s) I can do from the install drive in the USB to get diagnostics information that could be useful?

Thanks for your time!
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Re: Hiccup installing PMOS 7 on an older Toshiba
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2016, 08:44:24 pm »
Just try an install with no wireless or ethernet connection and choose neither

install additional software
or
Install updates whilst installing

Can you also check your clock in the BIOS is right.
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Re: Hiccup installing PMOS 7 on an older Toshiba (SOLVED)
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2016, 12:06:30 pm »
Hi again!

Sorry I let this one just sit so long.

I recently got PMOS 7 installed on that Toshiba.

Thing is, I've been doing some downsizing (read purging excessive STUFF).
I swapped an SSD in a computer I got rid of for the hybrid drive in the Toshiba.
In the process, I gave the Toshiba a good blast of compressed air when I had the HDD compartment exposed.

After that, he installation worked just fine.

So, I do have PMOS 7 installed on my old Toshiba Satellite A100 (a.k.a my old workhorse).

I'm not sure if was installation wasn't working before because of a faulty hybrid drive or just because there was dust or other crud in the HDD cavity thing.
Either way, it's working just fine now.
Looks some nice too!

Just wanted to give (the every helpful and patient) PCNetSpec a heads-up on that one working now.
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Re: Hiccup installing PMOS 7 on an older Toshiba (SOLVED)
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2016, 01:10:12 pm »
Great news Mynaardt :)
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