Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th May 2010 10:03 UTC, submitted by robertson
BeOS & Derivatives Two news items about alternative operating system news in a row? What is this, Christmas? In any case, the Haiku project, the darling of OSNews (hey it's okay now), has released its second alpha release. This new stable development release contains some serious improvements over the first alpha.
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Haiku Alpha 2 FAIL...
by Luposian on Tue 11th May 2010 10:34 UTC
Luposian
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2005-07-27

I don't understand why... but Alpha 2 will NOT boot on any of the 3 systems I have. It KDL's on one, before finishing the boot icons. It locks up at the Language preference menu on another. And it locks up at a blue desktop screen (no icons, just the mouse pointer) on the 3rd one.

Yet, Alpha 1 ran PERFECTLY on all these systems!

Anyone else having these types of problems?

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RE: Haiku Alpha 2 FAIL...
by Zenja on Tue 11th May 2010 11:47 in reply to "Haiku Alpha 2 FAIL..."
Zenja Member since:
2005-07-06

Have you tried burning the ISO on a larger CD-ROM or DVD-R? Apparently some people on the mailing lists had issues with 650Mb CDRs, which disappeared when they burned the image to larger capacity media. Don't quote me, though ...

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RE: Haiku Alpha 2 FAIL...
by Michael Oliveira on Tue 11th May 2010 12:14 in reply to "Haiku Alpha 2 FAIL..."
Michael Oliveira Member since:
2005-07-07

It's very common... so I installed ubuntu, download the sources and build Haiku into a new partition... and just works...

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RE: Haiku Alpha 2 FAIL...
by robertson on Tue 11th May 2010 19:23 in reply to "Haiku Alpha 2 FAIL..."
robertson Member since:
2010-04-30

Yet, Alpha 1 ran PERFECTLY on all these systems!

Anyone else having these types of problems?


I've been struggling to get it running on my IBM Thinkpad X30, which also runs Alpha 1 fine, albeit only in safe-mode VESA video (which doesn't bother me, it's still my monitor's highest supported, 1024x768). With Alpha 2, I've had it stop before ever getting to the blue screen and had it stop with a stuck pointer on the blue screen, depending on what "Safe Mode" options I chose.

I finally got the CD to boot all the way to the Live Desktop/possibility of install (haven't installed yet) by changing the following "Safe Mode Options" in the bootloader (hit the spacebar while the bootloader is displaying it's line of dots to get to the options screen):

I had to Disable DMA Mode, Use Safe Mode Video, and Disable ACPI.

I also had to go to the "Boot From Volume" sections and explicitly tell it to boot from only the CD-ROM (vs. Hard Drive or CD). Only then would it get past the stuck pointer on a blank blue screen.

I've had no luck whatsoever with USB sticks, only with a CD-R using the ISO image.

Hope that helps. I guess the moral of the story is to fiddle with the various booting options to see what works. I of course plan to file some bug tickets sometime soon. That's the whole point of Alpha releases, right? (:

Edited 2010-05-11 19:33 UTC

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RE[2]: Haiku Alpha 2 FAIL...
by Luposian on Tue 11th May 2010 19:49 in reply to "RE: Haiku Alpha 2 FAIL..."
Luposian Member since:
2005-07-27

Stupid me... I completely forgot about the boot menu thing... I can get to that and see how that helps. Thanks for reminding me!

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RE: Haiku Alpha 2 FAIL...
by cb88 on Wed 12th May 2010 04:23 in reply to "Haiku Alpha 2 FAIL..."
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2009-04-23

try disabling acpi in the boot menu (press spacebar quick at boot)

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RE[2]: Haiku Alpha 2 FAIL...
by Luposian on Wed 12th May 2010 05:41 in reply to "RE: Haiku Alpha 2 FAIL..."
Luposian Member since:
2005-07-27

try disabling acpi in the boot menu (press spacebar quick at boot)


On Athlonica (An Athlon XP 2000+ system, running on an nForce2 chipset board), I have even tried disabling EVERYTHING (not just ACPI) and all it does now is KDL with a "no bootable partition" (or whatever) message.

It either goes to and freezes at a blue (no icons) desktop or it KDL's. Fun.

I'm guessing that the only way to get a usable revision of Haiku on any system is to install Ubuntu and create it that way.

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