Saturday, September 22, 2007

Installing Linux XEN + Fedora 7 on Dell Optiplex 320

I have problem install Fedora Core 7 on Dell Optiplex 320, then I follow article in Wirelessness and successfully installing it follow instruction of Dashamir Hoxha

Installing XEN + Fedora7 on Dell Optiplex 320

The installation goes the same as described in the blog,
however, for Fedora7, instead of using “pci=nomsi”, I passed to
the kernel the options “acpi=off apm=off” whenever starting linux.
I pressed TAB at the grub menu, in order to append these options.
I also didn’t forget to setup manually the partitions and not to use LVM.

After installation I booted with the rescue disc. Here again I pressed
TAB and entered the options. In the rescue system, I downloded and
installed lilo:

# chroot /mnt/sysimage
# cd /
# wget
# tar -xvfz lilo-22.8.bin.static.tar.gz
/* In case not working, try #tar -xvf lilo-22.8.bin.static.tar.gz */

Then I downloaded and compiled mbootpack

# wget
# tar xfz mbootpack-0.5a.tar.gz
# cd mbootpack-0.5a/
# make
# cp mbootpack ../boot/

Then I prepared a single kernel image, following the instructions
in . I did it like this:

# cd /boot
# gzip -d -c xen.gz-2.6.20-2925.9.fc7 > xen-2.6.20-2925.9.fc7
# zcat vmlinuz-2.6.20-2925.9.fc7xen > vmlinuz-2.6.20-2925.9.fc7xen-uncomp
# mbootpack -o vmlinuz-2.6.20-2925.9.fc7xen-mbootpack
-m vmlinuz-2.6.20-2925.9.fc7xen-uncomp
-m initrd-2.6.20-2925.9.fc7xen.img

Then I built /etc/lilo.conf, which looks like this:


append=”dom0_mem=128M — netloop.nloopbacks=16 root=LABEL=/”

Note that the image that is used is the image that is packed
by mbootpack. Note also that the options that are passed to the
linux kernel (in the ‘append’ line, after ‘–’) do not include
“acpi=off apm=off”.

Finally, I checked the config file with ‘lilo -v’, installed it with
‘lilo’, and rebooted.

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Indy said...

I did all you describe
but at boot time I've got the error :

Fatal error : dom0 kernet not specified check bootloader configuraton

Dell optiplex 320
Fedora 7 x86_64

Wahyu Wijanarko said...

I'm using Fedora 7 for x86

lennard said...

indy did you find a solution? I am having the same problem :(

lennard said...

found it compile mbootpack with a 32 bit compiler, maybe -m32 works, too.

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