I'm trying to install IPFire i586 on an ASUS A6U notebook (which has a broken screen, but displays fine via external VGA). Notebook has adequate resources - Sempron 3100 CPU, 2 GB RAM, 60 GB HDD, 10/100 eth0 & 10/100 PCMCIA ethernet.
Installation proceeds quickly and smoothly from the internal CD drive. On reboot, the machine hangs at HDD detection stage - identifies the drive but proceeds no further. Same result with either Fujitsu or Seagate drives, both of which were fully scanned via Seatools before installation of IPFire. It completely locks up - won't boot from CD or USB device - although it has identified the former by then.
If I put the IDE drive in an external USB 2 case, IPFire boots, configures and runs fine. In this configuration, I zeroed the first 8 MB of drive and put an empty GPT disk label on it. Following re-installation in the notebook, this HDD got past the POST stage.
On this notebook openSUSE Tumbleweed i686 installs to a GPT formatted internal drive, then boots via GRUB2 & runs OK. TENS boots & runs OK from DVD or USB. The machine was running Win 7 Pro, recently updated, OK and from an identical model HDD.
Running from external HDD is not a convenient solution and I would like to ascertain what firmware setting is incompatible with IPFire. Any suggestions ?