So I've got this little HTPC running an AMD A4 APU on an MSI A88XI AC that I want to turn into a Kodi-based media box.

I've had a really hard time installing Linux on this rig; most distros would fail to start the installation / get caught in a reboot loop. The only way I managed to successfully boot any distro was via Recovery Mode.

After a lot of fiddling, I figured out that adding acpi=off and iommu=soft in the kernel parameters would allow me to escape the reboot loops outside of Recovery Mode. That's fine and dandy, but what if I want to install more a minimal distro like OSMC or LibreELEC? I can't even get to the installation stage with these distros.

Is there some way I can incorporate the fix into the installation USB, or am I doomed to stick with a distro that offers recovery mode?

  • You can add acpi=off and iommu=soft kernel options to every distribution (unless a particular distribution has brainless kernel defaults, but in that case you can still compile your own kernel). So it's not a distribution issue. How to add this option may vary a bit, but usually you tell the bootloader (grub, lilo, whatever). – dirkt Oct 25 '17 at 8:06
  • Yeah i figured it would be possible, the question is how to do it when i am unable to boot without those options to begin with. Can they be added directly to the installation USB? – 20salmon Oct 25 '17 at 8:12
  • (1) Take out the harddrive/SSD/whatever, connect to other computer and install on that computer. (2) Modify install USB stick to include boot options, or ask on boot. (3) Use an USB stick to boot where you can set boot options, e.g. SystemRescueCD. But it requires some skill to setup a system using that, as you can't just run the distro installer. – dirkt Oct 25 '17 at 8:16

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