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#1 2012-09-03 07:47:40

RyanScottLewis
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From: Troy, NY
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Hangs After "Unpacking initramfs..."

I have a Toshiba Lifebook P1120 (800.0 MHz CPU - 256.0 MB RAM) that I am trying to install ArchLinux on.
It doesn't have a CD/DVD drive (you need an external) and it cannot boot from a USB stick.

So, I have to install over PXE. I've setup ArchBoot (see https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=148149 for that) and got that going just fine.

The problem is that it hangs on "Unpacking initramfs..." for a good 30 to 40 minutes, then the screen goes blank and I can't interact at all. I've tried with both the latest and the previous version of ArchBoot and with both i686 and Dual architecture.

Can anyone help? I love Arch, I'd hate to have to resort to installing another distro on this little laptop.

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#2 2012-09-08 06:50:41

tpowa
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From: Lauingen , Germany
Registered: 2004-04-05
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Re: Hangs After "Unpacking initramfs..."

You need more RAM for standard archboot initramfs files, 756 MB at least. Else you have to create a much smaller one with the archboot package.

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#3 2012-09-08 07:41:31

DSpider
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Re: Hangs After "Unpacking initramfs..."

Activate swap?

# swapon /dev/sdxY

Edit: Actually, no, because it happens before you can run any command.

Just use the latest Arch Linux ISO, dd it to the USB stick or use some other method from here:

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/US … tion_Media

Last edited by DSpider (2012-09-08 07:46:03)


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#4 2012-09-08 10:20:37

tpowa
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From: Lauingen , Germany
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Re: Hangs After "Unpacking initramfs..."

Here the files for your pc:
http://dev.archlinux.org/~tpowa/lowmem

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