I'm currently pulling my hair out trying to get my Acer Revo to net boot as a MD and I really hope someone can help.
I will give you a quick overview of recent changes then explain the issue as it maybe related.
So I had 0810 all working fine for about a year or two but recently my motherboard on my core just died so I got a new Asus board with an AMD phoneme which unlocked to 4 cores whooho.
Unfortunately the board has an ATI graphics card which I know isn't great plus it has the annoying r8168 gigabit ethernet chip as well so not really the best but it did get 4 cores up from a 2 core chip so its worth the extra work I thought and actually it does work quite well, I install the latest repo version of LinuxMCE 0810, then run a script to blacklist and recompile the correct ethernet driver and downloaded and installed the ATI driver from AMD's site and then LinuxMCE installed with ease and as far as I can see everything works fine and as expected on the hybrid.
So the issue I have given that the new core should have been the real pain in the arse and wasn't is with my Acer Revo, which is widely regarded as supported and every other time I have needed to reinstall my core on the old motherboard has never had an issue.
However now it PXE boots fine and the core runs the createdisklessMD.sh or something like that, then it reboots installs the Nvidia 195 drivers, reboots again then beeps and I press Q or 1 to get to the AV wizard as I'm connected through HDMI and its great and thus far all works as expected but then when I get to the select audio connection and I press on anything other than no sound it just freezes on the wizard and I never see the screen with the speaker to adjust the volume.
I did manually run the AV wizard from the terminal to get a bit more information and it shows when I select an audio connection that Xine plays an audio file but I never hear it and I can see any errors.
Also if I do select no sound in the wizard I get past the AV wizard and all the white text shows up but after it says starting onscreen orbiter I see a flicker of a window opening and then just a black screen with an operational mouse pointer.
As a result I first thought it must have something to do with the ALSA version so I tried first to install the alsa modules but that didn't help, so then I downloaded a script to manually download and compile ALSA to 1.0.24 but this also didnt help, so then I tried to download the latest Nvida driver from there site but this also hasn't fixed the issue.
The final steps I have now taken are reinstalling the whole system first with the latest snapshot and then with the currently recommended snapshot, then one I had from 2010 and another that I found from 2009 which I knew worked back then but had issues with the sources.list obviously
All installed fine on the core/hybrid but have the same issue with the MD, its driving me mad Please Please can someone offer some suggestions, the only thing I can think of is that the ATI driver is somehow affecting things on the core and that this then moves down to the diskless MD image, if thats the case I'm happy to disable the core's graphics card and buy an Nvida one to add in but would this really help?
Many thanks and sorry its a little long winded just thought the background my help.