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Re: some of my gateway laptops refuse to install f11a i386

On Tue, 3 Mar 2009, Horst H. von Brand wrote:

> Robert P. J. Day <rpjday crashcourse ca> wrote:
> >   i am having some of the strangest behaviour on my collection of
> > gateway mx7120 laptops.  since they're 64-bit amd athlon mobile
> > processors, i should theoretically be able to install either of 32- or
> > 64-bit f11 alpha on them, no?
> >
> >   however, over yesterday and today, i've found at least three of them
> > that will, under no circumstances, even *look* at the i386 version of
> > the install DVD and will boot to the hard drive, but will happily
> > install off the x86_64 version. i take that i386 install DVD, put in
> > what should be an identical laptop next to it, and it will install off
> > of it just fine.  i put it back in the original laptop, it's ignored.
> > what the heck?  and i now have at least three laptops that seem
> > utterly uninterested in the i386 f11alpha DVD.
> Can the errant machines read/mount the DVDs? I had (otherwise identical)
> machines where some would read a CD while others didn't recongnize
> it. Haven't seen such with DVDs (or with CDs for quite some time),
> but...

  i did test that yesterday and, weirdly, the DVDs that couldn't be
booted from couldn't be mounted either *on that same machine*.  but
they would work just fine on another laptop.  i've never seen anything
like it.


Robert P. J. Day
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