eMachines EL1852G - Could not boot with Mepis

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eMachines EL1852G - Could not boot with Mepis

#1 Postby namida12 » Tue May 15, 2012 4:15 am

I tried several version of Mepis, and they will not get passed the bad hard drive. I also tried AntiX with same errors I was getting in a Mepis live CD boot. I then tried a number of CD I have on the wall rack, and discovered GeeXboX would boot (useless but i could play a dvd with sound), and Slitaz booted without sound, but let me on the net quickly...


Is there a cheat code I can use, so I can boot Mepis without it accessing a bad hard drive in the future?

I am tryed another version of antiX (7.5 - 2008) and after a while it stops checking the hard drive and get on with the booting process. Interesting, took a long while but it booted and I discovered there was sound checking out youtube (Hugo trailer)...

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Re: eMachines EL1852G - Could not boot with Mepis

#2 Postby chrispop99 » Tue May 15, 2012 6:25 am

Are you saying that the machine has a faulty HD, and is preventing you running from a live CD/DVD?

If so, will unplugging the drive allow you to boot it?

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Re: eMachines EL1852G - Could not boot with Mepis

#3 Postby namida12 » Tue May 15, 2012 12:07 pm

The morning brings a smile to my face, and I have the system running Mepis 11.

The emachine computer is a small form and has an oddball arrangement inside its small case, but I manged to take off the parts. Acer, Gateway or eMachine designers, did an bang up job in making all the parts easy to disassemble. Unplugging the hard drive, Mepis, and all versions of AntiX I have on the wall will boot as a live media. I am getting sound and all functions without any problems from the Intel-ring notices early in the boot process...

Now if there was a simple cheat code to memorize that would avoid checking the Hard drive and displaying the resulting errors it would be a nice tool to add to the toolbox, as I am familiar and feel comfortable using my distro of choice Mepis.

Putting a known good drive in the system it will boot on occasion from Live media, but sometimes it fails, to me indication there is a intermittent controller error. The hard drive in another system is not accessible, thus this compact computer does not have much of a life in the future unless I can find a inexpensive motherboard replacement.

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Re: eMachines EL1852G - Could not boot with Mepis

#4 Postby chrispop99 » Tue May 15, 2012 1:29 pm

If you are sure that it's a SATA controller fault, you could use a PCIe to SATA interface card; not cheap, but less than a new MB.

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DELL Latitude D630 laptop, 2GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB PC2-5300.
IBM Thinkpad T41 laptop, 1.6GHz Pentium M (Non-PAE), 1GB RAM, 30GB PATA SSD.

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Re: eMachines EL1852G - Could not boot with Mepis

#5 Postby namida12 » Tue May 15, 2012 4:36 pm

chrispop99 wrote:If you are sure that it's a SATA controller fault, you could use a PCIe to SATA interface card; not cheap, but less than a new MB.

Chris


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Chris,

The Intel G41 motherboard in this system, has one PCI Express x16 slot for a low profile video card, and one PCI Express x1 slot. could be used, if there was a SATA interface card low profile card. The PCI Express x1 SATA interface card would need to be a short card to fit in the case.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-EMACHINES-G ... 0918592394

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Re: eMachines EL1852G - Could not boot with Mepis

#6 Postby chrispop99 » Tue May 15, 2012 5:05 pm

PCIe SATA cards are available in low profile versions for around one quarter of the cost of the replacement motherboard.

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DELL Latitude D630 laptop, 2GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB PC2-5300.
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Re: eMachines EL1852G - Could not boot with Mepis

#7 Postby namida12 » Tue May 15, 2012 5:26 pm

chrispop99 wrote:PCIe SATA cards are available in low profile versions for around one quarter of the cost of the replacement motherboard.

Chris


Yes: and a decent review on newegg: HighPoint Rocket 620 PCI-Express 2.0 x1 SATA III

Quoting a reviewer: Pros: Cost, compatibility, native linux support (since kernel 2.6.29 I believe). Support through highpoint's website is excellent. They answered several questions for me within 1 h of me posting the questions.

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Re: eMachines EL1852G - Could not boot with Mepis

#8 Postby lucky9 » Wed May 16, 2012 12:44 am

HighPoint cards are pretty decent. I still have a PCI/PATA card in my old parts collection. I booted off that card for quite a while after an IDE/PATA controller went out on my motherboard.
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Re: eMachines EL1852G - Could not boot with Mepis

#9 Postby chrispop99 » Wed May 16, 2012 3:19 am

Just a thought, and please don't flame me if it's too obvious, but have you tried different cables, and another drive?

Non-latching SATA cables are the bane of my life; I've had new ones supplied with a MB that are faulty...

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DELL Latitude D630 laptop, 2GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB PC2-5300.
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Re: eMachines EL1852G - Could not boot with Mepis

#10 Postby lucky9 » Wed May 16, 2012 7:19 am

Data and power cables are first on the list of things that might be askew.
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