icaros desktop native installation advices, bios and grub parameters
Hits: 658This applies to versions :
- icaros 1.5.2
- icaros 2.0
- icaros 2.0.1
- icaros 2.1
- icaros 2.1.1
- icaros 2.1.2
- icaros 2.1.3
Links to refer to :
This thread is *important* : Icaros Desktop 2.0 caveats and work-arounds
other docs are listed inside the sections below.
BIOS parameters & hardwares choices :
Icaros should work on most computers in VESA modes, but it is sloooow. Anyway, SATA operations must be modified in BIOS and USB3 won’t work.
You must choose / build a computer in taking care of the hardware compatibilty.
Refer to this page for more informations : https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Aros/Platforms/x86_support
Personnally I have : GMA945 in an old Dell optiplex GX520 Desktop, A DELL Optiplex 755 with an nvidia Quadro380, Soundblaster Audigy II, network RTL8169.
I do not recommend nvidia GeForce 980 “like” gfx cards they are too hot !
You already have your computer ? Niiiiiice !
In BIOS modify the SATA operation to
I have an old 80Gb 5400rpm SATA disk. Don’t forget icaros can’t manage disks that are bigger than 120Gb.
Install choices :
I do this the first time. It creates a new Partition table. You must have chosen the right size for SYS: and WORK: no choice needed. Personnally, I think 8Gb for SYS is quite enough.
After the reboot, when you launch “install Aros” again :
- make a full install on SYS only, then change Myworkspace: assigns manually, cause there are sometimes issues on assigns if you choose to “Use Work: partition” but don’t “Format” it.
GRUB parameters :
According to this thread : http://aros-exec.org/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=8937&forum=24
the ata.device and ahci.device (ata and ahci/sata native devices) don’t work properly and certainly will crash for most users.
To get rid of this you must edit “SYS:Arc/pc/grub/grub.cfg” file and replace the line
to load the alternative ata device.
Delete the line
modify the first line replacing
save and reboot. All should be fine now.
Other Parameters, tips&tricks :
- SMB share mount crash : http://thewetmachine.net/?p=1720
- janus UAE coherency-mode : http://thewetmachine.net/?p=1833
- OWB hints : http://thewetmachine.net/?p=1836
- Copying OWB to ram : Running OWB from the RAM Disk to improve browsing speed