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Topic # 13125 23-Apr-2007 17:34
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Hi

I have obtained a spare PC (although it only has 128MB of main memory) with a plan to install Trixbox v2. I have downloaded the ISO file, cut it to CD and tried to install onto this PC. After the main Trixbox install screen, I see the installation load one file but fail after trying to load a second file called InitRD.img causing the PC to just reboot - without any error message.

Has anyone with Trixbox installed ever come across this problem?  I wondered if perhaps 128Mb of memory is just to small and that it actually does need 256MB. thus causing the failure.

Any help would be appreciated.

Cheers Mike

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  Reply # 68204 23-Apr-2007 19:41
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it should at least install just fine with 128MB but everything I read points to 256MB being preferable.

Probably a bad CD or bad burn. Burn it again and try to reinstall









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  Reply # 68207 23-Apr-2007 20:02
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Hi Tony

I redownloaded the ISO file and cut it to CD again, but exactly the same problem. It fails during the load of the same InitRD image file. The machine already has an OS installed, but I was expecting the Trixbox install to blow that away.  I will locate and install some more RAM just in case. The Trixbox site recommend 256MB but your very helpful notes suggested that 128mb should be enough - the failure led me to think that perhaps they were right. 

Thanks for the feedback - will let you know how it goes.

Cheers Mike

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  Reply # 68211 23-Apr-2007 20:30
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Where do you live? On the offchance its Hawkes Bay, id be happy to help out in person.

There is also a mailing list at www.voipusers.org.nz that may be of some help down the track.









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  Reply # 68215 23-Apr-2007 20:50
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Thanks Tony, that very generous of you, however I am in Wellington. I have reviewed the voipusers site and yes there is some very useful stuff there. I will get to the bottom of the install failing first and go from there.

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  Reply # 68440 25-Apr-2007 14:52
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Tony,

The cure was to select the i586 option during the startup. After that, it has installed. The "yum -y update" is currently running so I guess its on it's way.

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  Reply # 68445 25-Apr-2007 15:57
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Great stuff..... enjoy your trixbox journey!









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  Reply # 68454 25-Apr-2007 18:03
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Thanks Tony,

All installed now - only problem so far is that the FreePbx menu option just shows a "Page not found" error. So maybe the journey will not be so smooth - eh?

I will double execute the yum and trixbox-update commands again to make sure everything is updated.

This is going to be fun...

I found a great document called Trixbox2_without_tears and got from that the method to upgrade freepbx to v2.2.1. After installing that I get an error indicating that Asterisk might not actually be installed at all! Certainly when I select the Asterisk Info page it confirms that Asterisk is not running!

Cheers Mike



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  Reply # 68470 25-Apr-2007 21:49
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Well it looks like the reality is, that if you need to install the Trixbox v2 iso file using the i586 switch your pretty much out of luck. Whilst able to get CentrOS installed, the Asterisk portion does produce installation errors leaving an incomplete installation. Freepbx does not get properly installed either.

Not sure what the next step is, or why I need to select i586. Perhaps if I can get that resolved I might have better luck.

Cheers Mike

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  Reply # 68477 25-Apr-2007 22:35
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Whats the specs of the machine? I had no end of trouble trying to get it to work on an old crap K6 system, changed for a socket 478 celeron and it was all fine.




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  Reply # 68531 26-Apr-2007 09:47
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Yes, this box is an AMD K6 box. So that kind of explains things. The box was a free hand-me-down, so I am not sure even what socket is has. Perhaps that is the next step to figure out if I can just replace the CPU with something a little better.

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  Reply # 68538 26-Apr-2007 10:39
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mruane: Yes, this box is an AMD K6 box. So that kind of explains things. The box was a free hand-me-down, so I am not sure even what socket is has. Perhaps that is the next step to figure out if I can just replace the CPU with something a little better.

The AMD K6 uses Socket 7 which is compatible with an Intel 233MHz MMX processor.  That is the fastest Intel CPU which will work in your particular board.  You would also need a copy of the manual showing the jumper settings if you want to change the CPU.  Voltage, Bus Speed and Multiplier will all be different.  If you are lucky, the motherboard may have these settings screen-printed on it somewhere.

I wonder whether 233MHz will be fast enough for Trixbox though?

No doubt Tony or someone else can give their advice on this score.



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  Reply # 68542 26-Apr-2007 11:09
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Thanks Grant,

I think Richms approach is probably better so I will scratch around for another box. Thanks for the info.

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  Reply # 68548 26-Apr-2007 11:38
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mruane: I think Richms approach is probably better so I will scratch around for another box.

Yep, agreed.   A socket 478 CPU (preferably P4 rather than Celeron) should have plenty of grunt for what you are trying to do.

A 233MHz Pentium MMX is so far behind in the horsepower stakes it's not even funny.  Motherboards still running AMD K6 CPUs should probably be put out to grass by now, unless you have a very undemanding application.

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Grant.

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  Reply # 68551 26-Apr-2007 11:49
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i think for a very basic 1 -2 user system i would attempt with a 350mhz, anything else, then 500mhz is really where you want to be (and considering it will just be down to availability - i would expect both a 350mhz cpu (or box) to be the same price on trademe as a 500mhz cpu (or box) (i.e. $50 - $100)







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  Reply # 68575 26-Apr-2007 17:54
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With ex lease socket 478 machines coming up everywhere for around the $200 mark, it makes little sense to persist with a handmedown system.




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