I am encountering two difficulties with installation of Minime 09 to a Compaq Armada 1750 laptop. This model has a P2-400 processor, 320MB of RAM, a 10GB hard disk, a CDROM drive, ATI Mach64 video, ES1869 audio, and also has a 3Com 3C589B 10-Base2/10-BaseT card plugged into PCMCIA Slot 0. Partitioning is as follows:
/dev/hda1 = swap
/dev/hda2 = /
/dev/hda3 = /home
The first difficulty I encountered is that the Minime 09 live CD does not complete the boot process successfully unless the 'Video_SafeMode_FBDevice' entry is selected in the GRUB menu, and F3 is then pressed to include the 'nosmp noscsi' boot options. With those parameters, the live CD is then able to boot completely and system installation proceeds normally; however, upon rebooting after installation the system is unable to start the X server.
As the GRUB installer that is entered into at the end of the installation process does not include a 'Video_SafeMode_FBDevice' menu selection, it seems therefore that the available boot menu entry must be modified to include not only the 'nosmp noscsi' boot options, but likely some sort of 'nofb' option as well - however, I have been unable to find any information regarding the format of such an option. I have tried 'nofb', 'noframebuffer', 'vga=normal', 'vga=nofb', 'video=normal', 'video=nofb', and others - all without any success whatsoever. I have read both of the following:
Yet neither has any information regarding such a parameter. I have further attempted to view GRUB-related files directly (in /union/boot/grub/); however, they are no longer in plain ASCII format and so the various GRUB menu options included on the live CD are correspondingly no longer readable.
Could anyone please inform me of the correct boot option parameter required to disable framebuffer usage?
The second difficulty I encountered is that the system fails to recognise the 3C589B network card. I tried all sorts of commands and procedures; again, all unsuccessfully - until at last I found /sbin/pcmcia-socket-startup, which then enabled the card. The system was then in turn able to detect eth0 successfully and establish a connection, through which I am posting this topic currently.
Is there a way to include /sbin/pcmcia-socket-startup during the boot process, once the system is installed (assuming a satisfactory resolution of the framebuffer difficulty)?