In case no one noticed, Dapper Flight 5 was released today. For what I read about it, it seemed stable enough for me to install it, but then again â€œappearances can deceiveâ€. Every time I install an Ubuntu version, something happens, not quite the 1-2-3 install that I would like it to be, but then again, this is where the fun is.
Anyway, I installed Dapper in my Linux test box, an old Compaq Proliant ML350, with dual Pentium 3 at 800 Mhz. If you computer is as old as mine is youâ€™re in for a surprise. The install (or any other of the images in the cd) doesn’t boot. An error message is shown:
[4294669.209000] ..MP-BIOS bug: 8254 timer not connected to IO-APIC
And then it freezes. My guess was that the freezing happened because of some bug in the Kernel. In Hoary the same message was shown at boot time but no freezing occurred. I then added the â€œnoapic nolapicâ€ parameters at boot time and it booted / installed perfectly. After the install youâ€™ll have to add the â€œnoapic nolapicâ€ parameters in /boot/grub/menu.lst or it will freeze again.
[tags]Ubuntu, Dapper, Dapper Flight 5, Linux, APIC[/tags]