Centos 7 on Dell Latitude E6500


I tried to install Centos7 x86_64 minimal 1503-01 from an USB
flash drive on my old Dell Latitude E6500 laptop.

boots up in text mode, switches text resolution, writes:

Started Show Plymouth Boot Screen
Reached Target Paths
Reached Target Basic System.

then hangs for some time, eventually starting dracut emergency
shell. log says:

multipathd: sdb: spurious uevent, path already in pathvec
multipathd: sda: spurious uevent, path already in pathvec

sdb is the internal 240GB kingston SSD drive (existing ntfs bitlocker
partition recognized as sdb1)

sda is the write protected USB stick, recognised as CDROM drive.

4GB rom
intel 45 express chipset
mobile intel GMA 4500MHD graphics
intel 5100AGN wifi

what to try next? any additional infos I can give you?

thnx in advance.


Re: Centos 7 on Dell Latitude E6500

By Jonathan Billings at 05/12/2018 - 15:39

On Sat, May 12, 2018 at 08:55:58PM +0200, Rainer F├╝genstein wrote:
At a bare minimum, I'd try using CentOS 7 1804:
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1503 is 3 years old, perhaps you'll have better luck with something
more up to date.

Re: Centos 7 on Dell Latitude E6500

By Mike McCarthy at 05/13/2018 - 08:12

Does this laptop have the Nvidia Quadro graphics option? If so try
booting with NOMODESET. Also, if available in the BIOS turn OFF
switchable graphics.


Re: Centos 7 on Dell Latitude E6500

By =?windows-1250?... at 05/13/2018 - 14:41

Mike, Johnny,

BIOS is version A29, which is the latest one on the dell website.

no, it just has intel onboard graphics, there's also no option for
switchable graphics in the BIOS. NOMODESET didn't change anything, but
it inspired me to remove the "quiet" kernel parameter.

now the following message can be seen:

duplicate ACPI video bus devices for the same VGA controller, please
try module parameter "video.allowduplicates=1" if the current driver
doesn't work.

I just don't know where to put this video.allow... parameter. did not
work as grub kernel parameter.

Re: Centos 7 on Dell Latitude E6500

By Frank Cox at 05/13/2018 - 15:03

On Sun, 13 May 2018 20:41:07 +0200

Uncle Google tells me:

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Re: Centos 7 on Dell Latitude E6500

By =?windows-1250?... at 05/12/2018 - 16:24

Hello Jonathan,

thanks; after some waiting time, 1804 now keeps repeating "dracut
initqueue timeout - starting timeout scripts" for a while, then drops
into the emergency shell. no suspicious error messages in the log.

did change SATA mode from ATA to AHCI in the BIOS, but this didn't
change anything.

Re: Centos 7 on Dell Latitude E6500

By Johnny Hughes at 05/13/2018 - 06:40

On 05/12/2018 03:24 PM, Rainer F├╝genstein wrote:
Is the bios on the Dell Latitude E6500 up to date.

I run CentOS-7 on a bunch of dell laptops with intel video. Not that
specific model though.