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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2015 8:22 pm    Post subject: [Installing Gentoo] MSI GTI80 Titan (Open) Reply with quote

Hello!

I bought recently the MSI GT80 Titan laptop. Its main characteristics are:


    Technical specs
    Intel® Core™ i7-4980HQ (6M Cache, up to 4.00 GHz)
    RAM 32GB DDR3 (4 x 8GB)
    HDD 1TB (7200rpm) 512GB SSD (4 x 128GB SSD SATA)
    BluRay/DVD Super Multi
    18.4" Screen FHD, Anti-Glare (1920 x 1080) eDP
    Graphics card SLI 2x nVidia Geforce GTX980M, 8GB GDDR5

    Audio
    4 + 1 Speakers, 2 speakers on every channel to support SPDIF output (7.1 channels)
    Audio Boost 2 Exclusive Technology
    Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 2

    Connectivity
    Killer N1525 Combo (2 x 2 a/c)
    Bluetooth 4.0
    Webcam Complete FHD (30fps @ 1080p)

    Connections
    2 x Mini-Display
    5 x USB 3.0
    1 x SPDIF
    1 x Combo input headphones/microphone
    SD Card Reader (XC / HC)


I have tried to install Gentoo but I haven't been lucky so far. I downloaded the ISO image as per the handbook. I couldn't boot any ISO except for the LiveDVD. I burn the images into a pendrive.

I have disabled "Fast Boot" and "Secure Boot" from the BIOS. I have left UEFI mode as I have read that it is better to leave it like that so there are few problems later booting. I also selected the boot sequence to boot from the pendrive.

Once I get it boot it gets frozen when it gets to:

Quote:

[...]
Waiting for uevents to be processed
[...]


And I have to switch it off with the power button. If I enter the interactive mode while booting I can bypass udev but I wouldn't have wireless connection to continue with the instalation.
I have been searching in the forum and the internet but so far I can't have a "normal" boot. There must be some hardware component that the kernel is unable to recognise. I would try with the minimal .iso but the system can't boot from a pendrive with this iso inside.

Any thoughts on this?

Cheers!

P.S.: I have also posted this doubt in the Spanish forums.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2015 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Popolous,

Start from the System Rescue CD.
Its Gentoo based and allows you to install it onto a pendrive.

None of the code from the boot media goes into your install, so you can use any Linux you happen to have handy to install Gentoo.
The one constraint is that you must boot a 64 bit kernel to do a 64 bit install.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 6:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

try booting with
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acpi=off
but eventually you have to get acpi working, but that is further down the load...
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NeddySeagoon,

I will try with System Rescue CD. I will give it a try this evening and let you know.

snkmoorthy: As you have said the boot options don't get the acpi point... Let's see what happens. I can't live without my Gentoo :oops: :oops:

Cheers!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 10:42 am    Post subject: Re: [Installing Gentoo] MSI GTI80 Titan (Open) Reply with quote

Popolous wrote:

Quote:

[...]
Waiting for uevents to be processed
[...]


And I have to switch it off with the power button. If I enter the interactive mode while booting I can bypass udev but I wouldn't have wireless connection to continue with the instalation.
I have been searching in the forum and the internet but so far I can't have a "normal" boot. There must be some hardware component that the kernel is unable to recognise. I would try with the minimal .iso but the system can't boot from a pendrive with this iso inside.

Any thoughts on this?


It's just the classic symptom of udev trying and waiting like crazy to load a firmware, a plague that hit many people times ago when udev drop firmware loading.

What you should do: start your computer, and when it hit the "waiting for...", keep it like that and go take one, hmmm, no, take two... ok take 3 coffees, ok just get out to see a movie, anyway do anything but keep it like that and wait for it to bypass its infamous crazy long waiting time (and that's why lot of coffee because the timing is "infamous crazy long").
I'm pretty sure it will boot, telling you that you only miss some firmware.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2015 5:59 am    Post subject: Re: [Installing Gentoo] MSI GTI80 Titan (Open) Reply with quote

krinn wrote:



It's just the classic symptom of udev trying and waiting like crazy to load a firmware, a plague that hit many people times ago when udev drop firmware loading.

What you should do: start your computer, and when it hit the "waiting for...", keep it like that and go take one, hmmm, no, take two... ok take 3 coffees, ok just get out to see a movie, anyway do anything but keep it like that and wait for it to bypass its infamous crazy long waiting time (and that's why lot of coffee because the timing is "infamous crazy long").
I'm pretty sure it will boot, telling you that you only miss some firmware.


Yeap, that was something that crossed my mind too but I didn't give it a chance. I will try after System Rescue CD. I will be out of home for a few days so it will take time for me to give feedback on this, but eventually I will.

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2015 2:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perhaps https://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=522176 is why you are not able to boot from USB.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2015 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

whgentoo: I don't know whether that's the true reason why I can't boot from USB. I will burn the ISOs into CD/DVD and give it a try.

krinn: I left the system booting overnight (more than 6 hours) and it still got locked up at the same point.

I have tried with System Rescue CD but I have to try several boot options. In this case "Loading kernel modules" where the stuck point. After a few trials I got the system to boot but I didn't have wireless connection. So I am looking for a guide to configure Qualcomm Atheros Killer N1525.

If not I will try with Ubuntu. I will keep on posting my (I hope) advances on this....

Cheers!
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