(Anti-)Hardware-Database of grml

Problems with specific hardware? Please report it! If you can't boot the grml system, don't despair! The grml team is ready to help you! We are especially interested in hearing about startup problems, because in general they don't happen to only one person. We've either already heard about your particular problem and can dispense a quick fix, or we would like to hear about it and work through it with you, and the next user who comes up with the same problem will profit from your experience!


If you experience lockups or other hardware failures, disable buggy APIC interrupt routing:

          grml noapic nolapic

Disable ACPI for PCI maps (some HP servers and Via-based machines):

          grml pci=noacpi

Deactivate SMP-kernel and use only one processor:

          grml nosmp

Disable framebuffer if you get a black/blank screen or notice problems with your display via:

          grml video=ofonly

… or just:


Take a look at the cheatcodes as well.

Hardware, known as problematic

Notebooks & PCs

  1. Acer Aspire 1690
    • Start with “grml noapic nopcmcia”
  2. Acer Aspire 1510
    • setpci -s 0:a.0 SUBORDINATE_BUS=0A [Marcel Wichern]
  3. Acer TravelMate290
    • Start with '/boot/isolinux/linux26'
  4. Compaq DL380 G1
    • Start with “grml nodma”
  5. Dell Inspiron 510m
    • Starts with 'grml video=ofonly' or nofb
  6. Dell inspiron 3200, and Dell OptiPlex GX1p
    • Starts with 'grml nodma ide=nodma'
  7. Thinkpads with 3COM NICs
    • Start with 'grml acpi=off'
  8. Thinkpad X31
    • Does not seem to be able to boot from USB-FD.
  9. Thinkpad L512 with Thinkpad b/g/n wireless adapter
    • The wireless adapter is a Realtek 8191 and did not work with 2.6.36 nor with 2.6.38 (wireless device did not show up)
  10. Toshiba Tecra S1
    • Does not support booting from USB-stick
  11. Toshiba Portege M100 / Portege R600
    • Boots only with 'grml edd=off'
  12. Fujitsu Siemens P and S Series Lifebook
    • Boots only without 'vga=791'

Hardware Components

  1. Older AMD-CPU based systems (Athlon) do not boot with grml_2009.10, grml_2009.05 works.
  2. Intel 945 Chipset
    • Disable Sound in BIOS to enable intel e1000 network
  3. Intel 965 chipset
    • Boot using 'grml all-generic-ide pci=nommconf irqpoll' if you notice any problems with booting.
  4. Realtek ALC882 HDA soundcard
    • Basically works out of the box, but there are a few issues. Add the line 'options snd-hda-intel position_fix=1' to /etc/modprobe.d/sound
  5. S3 Graphics ProSavageDDR
    • Starts only with “grml nofb”

Hardware, known to work


  1. Lenovo Thinkpad T400
    • For WiFi you need a recent kernel (>=2.6.27)
    • On models with switchable graphics the vesa mode of X might not work when the ATI card is active. Use module “ati” in your X config.
  2. Lenovo Thinkpad R61
  3. Lenovo Thinkpad R60
  4. Lenovo Thinkpad T61p
  5. Lenovo Thinkpad T61 (including WWAN models)
  6. Lenovo Thinkpad T60
  7. Lenovo Thinkpad X61s - Linux on the X61s in the grml wiki (including WWAN models)
  8. Lenovo Thinkpad X200s - Linux on the X200s in the grml wiki (including WWAN models and UltraBase)
  9. Lenovo Thinkpad X300 (including WWAN models)
  10. Lenovo Thinkpad Z61m
    • Unmute the “frontspeaker” and raise volume to hear sound.
  11. Lenovo X60s
    • Unmute the “frontspeaker” and raise volume to hear sound.
  12. IBM Thinkpad T42
    • Load the ibm_acpi module to e.g. get the ThinkLight working.
  13. IBM Thinkpad T43
  14. IBM Thinkpad T43p
  15. IBM Thinkpad R52
  16. IBM Thinkpad T20
    • NOTE: Start X with “grml-x -module vesa -mode 1024×768”
  17. HP Compaq 6510b
  18. HP Omnibook XE3
  19. Asus M6800nb
  20. Acer TravelMate 4002LMI
  21. Compaq Evo N800v
  22. Samsung X20
    • boot using 'grml services=samsung_x20 pci=assign-busses' to get a full featured system
  23. Dell M70
  24. Dell Latitude 810(boot using libata.atapi_enabled=1 ide1=noprobe)
  25. Dell Latitude D610(boot using fb1024x768)
  26. Toshiba Satellite Pro 4600 (see wlan on how to get wlan up)


  1. Lenovo A55
  2. Lenovo A55 with ServeRAID-7t S-ATA controller
  3. Lenovo M55
  4. Lenovo M57
  5. Lenovo M57p
  6. Lenovo A61e
  7. Lenovo M90
  8. Lenovo Thinkstation S10
  9. Lenovo Thinkstation E20 with Nvidia FX 1800 (vesa driver did not work, but nv did)
  10. Mainboard Gigabyte EP45T-UD3P
  11. Mainboard Intel D975XBX2


  1. IBM x206 (tested with S-ATA model)
  2. IBM x206m (tested with SAS model)
  3. IBM x305
  4. IBM x336
  5. IBM X346
  6. IBM System x3200
  7. IBM System x3250
  8. IBM System x3350 (needs recent kernel for onboard NICs)
  9. IBM System x3650 (tested with ServeRAID-8k and ServeRAID-8l adapters)
  10. HP ProLiant DL140 G1
  11. HP ProLiant DL145
  12. HP ProLiant DL360 G3/G4
  13. HP ProLiant DL380 G3/G4
  14. Dell PowerEdge 1600SC (including storage ADAPTEC/MegaRAID, FUJITSU Model: MAP3147NC / QLogic Model: GEM359)
  15. FSC Primergy rx100
  16. FSC Primergy rx220
  17. FSC Primergy rx300 S2

WLAN cards

Take a look at the wlan webpage in the wiki.

Thin Clients

  • Itona Thin Client with VIA Board and CPU
hardware.txt · Last modified: 2011/10/14 02:20 by jimmy
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