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    Default backtrack and alienware m7700

    hi all,

    i just registered so i am stuck here for now. this probably belongs in the live cd support section though.

    i am trying to get backtrack running on my laptop, first as a live cd, then as an install. the laptop is an alienware m7700 and i am running into all kinds of problems.

    when i boot to the 2.0 live cd with no parameters i get a black screen. adding acpi=off gets me past that. i would like to know more about the side effects of turning off acpi if anyone knows of a good link. once i got past that i get to the login prompt and realize that my laptop keyboard isn't working. i plugged in a usb keyboard and it was immediately detected (and is what i am typing on now) but i really dont want to have to do that each time

    so i log in and startx and my machine immediately shuts down. after booting back up and logging back in i xconf and have gotten into a 640 X 480 display with no additional modes available.

    my laptop is setup with a raid-0 that i am not able to mount. i saw a bunch of errors fly by during boot and haven't looked into it yet.

    i could use some help with the keyboard problem first. i can most likely configure x without too much hassle. after that i will tackle my HD.

    i know these are basic linux issues and not BT ones. if you want me to move this to another forum just let me know. as a side note pretty much everything on the laptop works with fedora 7 or knoppix 5.1, but backtrack is my first slax based distro.

    i am off to google about my keyboard. if i can post any additional info to get better help just let me know what you are looking for. i dont want to dump an entire dmesg output here if i can filter it first

    i have found this link to be a good list of the hardware i am dealing with (sorry about the stripped http, i haven't posted enough here yet :P):

    gentoo-wiki.com/HARDWARE_Clevo_D900K

    thanks,

    steve

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    I'm actually having the same keyboard issue. I've been using a USB keyboard as well, but I'd really like to fix it. I also have a Clevo D900K, but it's a Sager 9750. If anyone needs any more information about my system that could help solve this, please let me know. I would really appreciate the help with it. Thanks

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    Default BackTrack 2 Final on a Clevo D900K laptop

    It may be helpful to rename this entire thread to "BackTrack 2 Final on a Clevo D900K laptop". I dont think i have rights to do so...

    looking at dmesg output i found this:

    Freeing unused kernel memory: 296k freed
    irq 1: nobody cared (try booting with the "irqpoll" option)
    [<c0135ea4>] __report_bad_irq+0x24/0x90
    [<c0135fc3>] note_interrupt+0x83/0xb0
    [<c01356e0>] handle_IRQ_event+0x30/0x70
    [<c013652b>] handle_level_irq+0x9b/0xc0
    [<c010448e>] do_IRQ+0x3e/0x80
    [<c0103193>] common_interrupt+0x23/0x30
    =======================
    handlers:
    [<c04bef10>] (i8042_interrupt+0x0/0x260)
    Disabling IRQ #1
    so i added irqpoll to the boot prompt and the keyboard works

    i disabled the raid 0 and reimaged my machine. i now have a tri boot system:

    windows xp (for day job)
    ubuntu (cause i am still a linux n00b and it just works)
    backtrack (the OS i really want to run all the time)

    i still cannot get the boot parameters to work automatically. i have the same setup as from the howto here:

    forums.remote-exploit.org/showthread.php?t=7863

    i installed backtrack to /dev/sda4 and have edited /etc/lilo.conf on that partition by adding:

    append "acpi=off irqpoll"

    but it doesn't pick it up, i still get a black screen if i dont type the parameters in each time.

    once i get everything tweaked i'll update the laptop compatibility page on the wiki, i still have some xorg.conf tweaks to try and want to figure out why the boot params aren't being picked up from lilo.conf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve_baker View Post
    i installed backtrack to /dev/sda4 and have edited /etc/lilo.conf on that partition by adding:

    append "acpi=off irqpoll"

    but it doesn't pick it up, i still get a black screen if i dont type the parameters in each time.
    change that to

    append="acpi=off irqpoll"

    I had a nightmare helping someone else with a similar problem, and eventually we discovered that it had to have the = with no spaces before or after it.

    Unless it was a live install when you can use

    append acpi=off irqpoll

    Strange... I know, but it was the only way we managed to get it working on a full install

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    thanks, that worked

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    Sorry to be a pain and bring this subject back up but can someone please give a real newbies guide

    I've typed the acpi=off at the boot prompt but I just get the message "could not find kernal image acpi=off

    I've tried the same thing with append at the beginning and I get the same message just with append instead of acpi=off

    Also jusing a D900k.

    I would love a step by step giude or just a link to a place with a guide.

    PS I've used backtrack before on my other dell laptop so I know the disc burn is ok. (its a live CD)

    thanks in advance

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    Its ok I finally managed it

    I typed
    bt acpi=off

    I was missing the bt for the kernal name.

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