tobestool (tobestool) wrote in debian,
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System fails to boot

Hi,

I have an interesting problem. Since a recent reload, my Debian system has become highly unreliable at booting. The Grub menu appears, and if I select my Debian system, the messages from Grub appear briefly (to the affect of loading kernel, I'm afraid they're too brief to note properly). Then there is a blank screen before the following come up.

[7.2313] Not Responding
[14.3424] Not Responding
[20.4924] Not Responding

Then the system reboots. The numeric parts vary slightly each time (and appear to be the seconds since boot). I've tried removing all my external USB devices, however this makes no difference. The problem happens apparently randomly on warm or cold boot, sometimes it will boot first time, sometimes I give up after ten attempts. The Windows and Ubuntu installations work fine, though a copy of Linux Mint Debian Edition I tried suffered from the same problem. Once the bootup procedure starts successfully, there appear to be no other problems.

Any pointers would be appreciated.

My system is a Core2 Quad Q6700 on a Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L motherboard.

lsusb output:

Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 002 Device 003: ID 046d:c016 Logitech, Inc. Optical Wheel Mouse
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 0a12:0001 Cambridge Silicon Radio, Ltd Bluetooth Dongle (HCI mode)
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 1307:0330 Transcend Information, Inc.
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

lspci output:


00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82G33/G31/P35/P31 Express DRAM Controller (rev 10)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82G33/G31/P35/P31 Express PCI Express Root Port (rev 10)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 01)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 1 (rev 01)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 2 (rev 01)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 01)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 01)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 01)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 01)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 01)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge (rev e1)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801GB/GR (ICH7 Family) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 01)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) IDE Controller (rev 01)
00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation N10/ICH7 Family SATA IDE Controller (rev 01)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family SMBus Controller (rev 01)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation G96 [GeForce 9400 GT] (rev a1)
03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications AR8131 Gigabit Ethernet (rev c0)




I've just tried the rather obvious step of a Recovery Mode boot from the Grub prompt. This gave me the following (sorry for the shoddy photo):

Screenshot

I then tried adding noacpi boot to the Grub commands, which seems to work, though I now can't check on the system temperatures while working. Also I am unsure how to make future boots disable ACPI, given Grub's insistance that you don't edit the configuration file, though I'm sure I can sort that if this is the best option. Pointers on how to proceed still appreciated!
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