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Turnkey Core in Windows 7 VPC

Chaim Krause's picture

I've now got Win7 running. Created a VPC and pointed the optical drive to the Turnkey Core iso. If I try to run the live image or start an install it quickly crashes the VPC.

I'm going to check Ubuntu forums, but I thought I would post here first.

Chaim Krause's picture

Looks like there is a known issue.

http://techblissonline.com/install-ubuntu-804-virtual-pc-2007-microsoft/

Now to find a suitable workaround...

Update: I can get the live system to run. At the initial menu choose F6 Other Options. Then replace the ending "-- " with "vga=791 noreplace-paravirt". It boots.

Now off to see if it actually works, then to try install.

Update #2 : Yes, I did an install after booting as above. (The formating of the drive as ext3 took forever.) Just needed to edit /boot/grub/menu.lst to add "vga=791 noreplace-paravirt" and it now boots up just fine on its own.

Liraz Siri's picture

Good to know that TurnKey Linux can run on Microsoft's Virtual PC with only a minor workaround. Thanks for sharing Chaim!
Rachelle's picture

I pressed F6 and receive a menu with several options, but vga and noreplace are not listed. How do I append the options to the string?

Chaim Krause's picture

You just type it in.

Shane32's picture

Ok, I'm stuck.  I successfully installed Turnkey Linux MediaWiki Live CD into Windows 7 Virtual PC without a problem using the F6 key trick as listed above.  Like previous comments, it appeared to freeze at a point during the install, but it completed fine with no errors.  But now I can't get the installed system to boot up -- it 'powers down' the VM after about 5 seconds.

I tried hitting ESC to access the boot menu, hitting 'e' to edit the default entry, then changing this line as follows:

from: linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-25-generic root=UUID=917ddc1a-24f2-43a2-807b-2fd76916ec4b ro

adding this to the end: vga=791 noreplace-paravirt

Then I hit Ctrl-x to boot.  I get the same result -- the VM shuts down after a few seconds.

Any ideas?  Am I the only one here that uses Win7 with VPC ???

Thanks, Shane

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