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Author Topic: Grub tutorials and installing VL 7.0 on an old laptop  (Read 7672 times)


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Grub tutorials and installing VL 7.0 on an old laptop
« on: November 15, 2012, 12:14:33 am »

Some machines often need additional parameters passed to the kernel just to get to the VL installer after boot.

If you have a strong tolerance for documentation (or you need help falling asleep), you might browse the following URLs for insight:

Grub tutorials can be found at


I had tried and tried to get VL 7.0 onto one of my laptops to no avail.  It had been hanging while booting the installer. Many thanks to stretchedthin, M0E-lnx, oMasta, and rbistolfi for helping me resolve this.

In order to get to the installer for VL 7.0 Light, I had to pass

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install noapci acpi=off
at the boot> prompt.  After that, installation proceeded as normal.

Not satisfied with Light, I moved on to VL 7.0 STD.  In order to get to the installer, I had to pass

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gui noapic acpi=off
at the boot> prompt.  This allowed installation to proceed as normal.  However, the issues started again upon reboot and hung up while starting udev.  It turns out that more was needed.  It was necessary to enter edit mode at the grub menu.  This is done by pressing e. 

It was necessary to add

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acpi=off pci=noacpi
to the line that starts /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.

After adding that, pressing ctrl+x or F10 boots into the configuration you specified.  However, doing this every time you want to boot your machine is tedious and annoying.

So, I had to issue the following from the bash to get a more permanent fix:
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export GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="apci=off pci=noapci"
then run grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg

This has allowed me to fully upgrade from 6.0 Gold to 7.0 STD and utilize my aging laptop as more than a desktop media player.
Compaq Presario 900Z (AMD Athlon MP, 1.5 GHz, 2 GB RAM, 30 GB HDD) - VL 7.2 Standard
Gateway Laptop (Celeron M 1.60 GHz, 1 GB RAM, 80 GB HDD) - VL 7.2
2 x Homebrew PCs (AMD Phenom II X4 965, 4096MB RAM, 500 GB SATA HDD, ATI Radeon HD 5700, ASUS M4A79XTD EVO) - VL 7.2-64