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#1 2013-01-18 15:27:08

7h3rAm
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Archiso Automatic Login Issue

Hello everyone,

I've been using Fedora for quite some time now and recently planned to move to Arch. Somehow, I'm not able to install the latest ISO available for download - 2013.01.04. It freezes after the below prompts:

Arch Linux 3.6.11-1-ARCH (tty1)
archiso login: root (automatic login)
[ OK ] Started Login Service.
[ OK ] Reached Target Sound Card.

I've tried installations with ISOs from Nov'12-Jan'13 and all of them just pause indefinitely after the above messages. I'm using Dell Studio 1458 with Intel Core i3 processor. Please let me know if there's anything I could provide to better understand the problem (ls{pci,usb}, etc).

I've searched within forum for any existing topics on this issue but could not find definitive solutions. There are a few wiki entries on Dell laptops and I tried looking into them for possible solutions but to no avail.

I'm keen on learning and open to suggestions. Thanks for your help.

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#2 2013-01-18 18:16:51

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Re: Archiso Automatic Login Issue

Have you tried typing and/or pressing enter/ctrl-c? Sometimes the boot messages will overrun the login prompt. Note, this shouldn't happen after installing (the install media has ShowStatus set to yes).


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#3 2013-01-18 22:53:21

Texas
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Re: Archiso Automatic Login Issue

I have the same problem.  Enter and ctrl/c did not do anything.  I am using a Dell Latitude E6520.  I have turned off the Optimus graphics.  This laptop is problematic.  Debian based distros hang up as well.  I really want to get Arch running on it.  ArchBang works, but I prefer "pure" arch install.  Any ideas welcomed.

Edit - I am using archlinux-2013.01.04-dual.iso and MD5 checksum is ok.  I have tried booting x86 and 64bit.

Last edited by Texas (2013-01-18 22:55:48)

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#4 2013-01-19 00:01:05

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Re: Archiso Automatic Login Issue

Have you tried switching to another tty?

How did you prepare the install media? Are you using a CD or a USB key or something else? Are you booting in bios or efi mode?


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#5 2013-01-19 03:54:29

Texas
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Re: Archiso Automatic Login Issue

cannot switch to another tty.
cd (external usb drive).
bios mode.

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#6 2013-01-19 11:16:32

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Re: Archiso Automatic Login Issue

You may be better off tying to make a usbkey and boot from it - the way to do it is to plug the key in from a running linux box, and if you have the archiso at /path/to/iso then do as root on the unmounted usbkey: dd bs=4M if=/path/to/iso of=/dev/sdX where sdX is the device for your key. See https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/US … tion_Media

unetbootin won't work as the iso has a special hybrid partitioning scheme. If you boot the key as per the recommended method I gave in the paragraph above, then it should give you a graphical screen with the options for installing 32 or 64 bit and a few other options.

On all machines where I have had problems booting various usbkeys this is the one way I have never had a problem - however for machines with optimus graphics I believe that under linux you are best off switching off the nvidia part... those who I know who have optimus have not been able to get it working with dual graphics under linux though I suppose there may be a few users who have managed to get it working?

Hope this helps.

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#7 2013-01-19 11:21:36

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Re: Archiso Automatic Login Issue

You may be able to get some headway with bumblebee for optimus graphics - see https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Bumblebee.  Also see https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/NVIDIA


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#8 2013-01-19 16:52:15

Texas
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Re: Archiso Automatic Login Issue

optimus is off in bios.  i will try usb key but may not help.  the cd seems to fully boot, i get just past an autologin command.

i can live with optimus left off.  i cannot install bumblebee until logged in.

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#9 2013-02-13 07:02:43

7h3rAm
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Re: Archiso Automatic Login Issue

@Texas hey bud, did u try February 2013 image? It booted fine and I successfully installed it on my system. I'm yet to figure out why this archiso worked and others didn't.

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