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I have a Dell Inspiron duo. It used to work fine, but one day I tried to install KDE on 12.10. I left it sit for a bit while kde was installing (already past the point of choosing a display manager), and when I came back, it was bricked (screen was off and wouldn't come back, but the fan and lights indicated it was still working). Tried ctrl-alt-F1 and other things go bring it back, but I eventually had to do a hard shutdown. Not sure if this actually has anything to do with installing KDE, but that's when it happened.

Since then, it won't boot without the kernel parameter 'acpi=noirq' and that includes with live media from several different distros (Arch, Chakra, OpenSuse, 12.04, and 12.10). When I use the parameter, no network interfaces are recognized besides lo (if that even counts). Obviously this is not really a viable way to use Ubuntu. I've done a fresh install of ubuntu 12.04 (without internet), and there is no change. It passes memtest86+ v.4.20

I think I must have some kind of hardware failure, but I'm not sure what kind, or what I should do to make the machine usable again. Are their other kernel parameters I might try or replacing a part, perhaps?

edit: here is the result of lshw when I boot with acpi=noirq

duo
    description: Portable Computer
    product: Inspiron 1090 (xxx123x#ABA)
    vendor: Dell Inc.
    version: A02
    serial: GBTR0P1
    width: 64 bits
    capabilities: smbios-2.6 dmi-2.6 vsyscall32
    configuration: boot=normal chassis=portable family=103C_5335KV sku=xxx123x#ABA uuid=44454C4C-4200-1054-8052-C7C04F305031
  *-core
       description: Motherboard
       product: Inspiron 1090
       vendor: Dell Inc.
       physical id: 0
       version: A02
       serial: .GBTR0P1.CN129610C600F1.
       slot: Base Board Chassis Location
     *-firmware
          description: BIOS
          vendor: Dell Inc.
          physical id: 0
          version: A02
          date: 11/12/2010
          size: 1MiB
          capacity: 1984KiB
          capabilities: pci upgrade shadowing cdboot bootselect socketedrom edd int13floppynec int13floppytoshiba int13floppy360 int13floppy1200 int13floppy720 int13floppy2880 int9keyboard int10video acpi usb smartbattery biosbootspecification netboot
     *-memory
          description: System Memory
          physical id: 23
          slot: System board or motherboard
          size: 2GiB
          capacity: 2GiB
        *-bank
             description: SODIMM DDR3 Synchronous 667 MHz (1.5 ns)
             product: 484D54333235533642465238432D483920
             vendor: 80
             physical id: 0
             serial: 0EB798
             slot: DIMM0
             size: 2GiB
             width: 64 bits
             clock: 667MHz (1.5ns)
     *-cpu
          description: CPU
          product: Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU N550   @ 1.50GHz
          vendor: Intel Corp.
          physical id: da01
          bus info: cpu@0
          version: Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU N550   @ 1.50GHz
          slot: CPU
          size: 1GHz
          capacity: 1500MHz
          width: 64 bits
          clock: 667MHz
          capabilities: x86-64 fpu fpu_exception wp vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe syscall nx constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts nopl aperfmperf pni dtes64 monitor ds_cpl est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm movbe lahf_lm dtherm cpufreq
          configuration: cores=2 enabledcores=2 threads=4
        *-cache:0
             description: L2 cache
             physical id: da02
             slot: Unknown
             size: 1MiB
             capabilities: synchronous internal write-back unified
        *-cache:1
             description: L1 cache
             physical id: da03
             slot: Unknown
             size: 32KiB
             capacity: 32KiB
             capabilities: synchronous internal write-back instruction
     *-pci
          description: Host bridge
          product: Atom Processor D4xx/D5xx/N4xx/N5xx DMI Bridge
          vendor: Intel Corporation
          physical id: 100
          bus info: pci@0000:00:00.0
          version: 02
          width: 32 bits
          clock: 33MHz
          configuration: driver=agpgart-intel
          resources: irq:0
        *-display:0
             description: VGA compatible controller
             product: Atom Processor D4xx/D5xx/N4xx/N5xx Integrated Graphics Controller
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 2
             bus info: pci@0000:00:02.0
             version: 02
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: msi pm vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
             configuration: driver=i915 latency=0
             resources: irq:21 memory:98180000-981fffff ioport:50c0(size=8) memory:80000000-8fffffff memory:98000000-980fffff
        *-display:1 UNCLAIMED
             description: Display controller
             product: Atom Processor D4xx/D5xx/N4xx/N5xx Integrated Graphics Controller
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 2.1
             bus info: pci@0000:00:02.1
             version: 02
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list
             configuration: latency=0
             resources: memory:98100000-9817ffff
        *-multimedia
             description: Audio device
             product: NM10/ICH7 Family High Definition Audio Controller
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1b
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1b.0
             version: 02
             width: 64 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=snd_hda_intel latency=0
             resources: irq:22 memory:98200000-98203fff
        *-pci:0
             description: PCI bridge
             product: NM10/ICH7 Family PCI Express Port 1
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1c
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1c.0
             version: 02
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pci pciexpress msi pm normal_decode bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=pcieport
             resources: irq:16 ioport:4000(size=4096) memory:90000000-90ffffff ioport:91000000(size=16777216)
           *-multimedia UNCLAIMED
                description: Multimedia controller
                product: BCM70015 Video Decoder [Crystal HD]
                vendor: Broadcom Corporation
                physical id: 0
                bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
                version: 00
                width: 64 bits
                clock: 33MHz
                capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
                configuration: latency=0
                resources: memory:90800000-9080ffff memory:90000000-907fffff
        *-pci:1
             description: PCI bridge
             product: NM10/ICH7 Family PCI Express Port 2
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1c.1
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1c.1
             version: 02
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pci pciexpress msi pm normal_decode bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=pcieport
             resources: irq:17 ioport:3000(size=4096) memory:97000000-97ffffff ioport:92000000(size=16777216)
           *-network UNCLAIMED
                description: Network controller
                product: AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express)
                vendor: Atheros Communications Inc.
                physical id: 0
                bus info: pci@0000:02:00.0
                version: 01
                width: 64 bits
                clock: 33MHz
                capabilities: pm msi pciexpress cap_list
                configuration: latency=0
                resources: memory:97000000-9700ffff
        *-pci:2
             description: PCI bridge
             product: NM10/ICH7 Family PCI Express Port 3
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1c.2
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1c.2
             version: 02
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pci pciexpress msi pm normal_decode bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=pcieport
             resources: irq:18 ioport:2000(size=4096) memory:96000000-96ffffff ioport:93000000(size=16777216)
        *-pci:3
             description: PCI bridge
             product: NM10/ICH7 Family PCI Express Port 4
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1c.3
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1c.3
             version: 02
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pci pciexpress msi pm normal_decode bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=pcieport
             resources: irq:19 ioport:1000(size=4096) memory:95000000-95ffffff ioport:94000000(size=16777216)
        *-usb:0
             description: USB controller
             product: NM10/ICH7 Family USB UHCI Controller #1
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1d
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.0
             version: 02
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: uhci bus_master
             configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=0
             resources: irq:11 ioport:5080(size=32)
        *-usb:1
             description: USB controller
             product: NM10/ICH7 Family USB UHCI Controller #2
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1d.1
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.1
             version: 02
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: uhci bus_master
             configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=0
             resources: irq:10 ioport:5060(size=32)
        *-usb:2
             description: USB controller
             product: NM10/ICH7 Family USB UHCI Controller #3
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1d.2
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.2
             version: 02
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: uhci bus_master
             configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=0
             resources: irq:11 ioport:5040(size=32)
        *-usb:3
             description: USB controller
             product: NM10/ICH7 Family USB UHCI Controller #4
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1d.3
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.3
             version: 02
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: uhci bus_master
             configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=0
             resources: irq:11 ioport:5020(size=32)
        *-usb:4
             description: USB controller
             product: NM10/ICH7 Family USB2 EHCI Controller
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1d.7
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.7
             version: 02
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pm debug ehci bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=ehci_hcd latency=0
             resources: irq:11 memory:98204400-982047ff
        *-pci:4
             description: PCI bridge
             product: 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1e
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1e.0
             version: e2
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: pci subtractive_decode bus_master cap_list
        *-isa
             description: ISA bridge
             product: NM10 Family LPC Controller
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1f
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.0
             version: 02
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             capabilities: isa bus_master cap_list
             configuration: latency=0
        *-storage
             description: SATA controller
             product: NM10/ICH7 Family SATA Controller [AHCI mode]
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1f.2
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.2
             version: 02
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 66MHz
             capabilities: storage msi pm ahci_1.0 bus_master cap_list
             configuration: driver=ahci latency=0
             resources: irq:20 ioport:50b8(size=8) ioport:50cc(size=4) ioport:50b0(size=8) ioport:50c8(size=4) ioport:50a0(size=16) memory:98204000-982043ff
        *-serial UNCLAIMED
             description: SMBus
             product: NM10/ICH7 Family SMBus Controller
             vendor: Intel Corporation
             physical id: 1f.3
             bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.3
             version: 02
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 33MHz
             configuration: latency=0
             resources: ioport:5000(size=32)
     *-scsi:0
          physical id: 1
          logical name: scsi0
          capabilities: emulated
        *-disk
             description: ATA Disk
             product: Hitachi HTS72323
             vendor: Hitachi
             physical id: 0.0.0
             bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0
             logical name: /dev/sda
             version: EC2O
             serial: E3834263G3VK9D
             size: 298GiB (320GB)
             capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
             configuration: ansiversion=5 sectorsize=512 signature=000e4215
           *-volume:0
                description: Linux filesystem partition
                vendor: Linux
                physical id: 1
                bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0,1
                logical name: /dev/sda1
                logical name: /boot
                version: 1.0
                serial: f9340658-e345-43d4-9ff5-09d0d6594c1d
                size: 243MiB
                capacity: 243MiB
                capabilities: primary bootable ext2 initialized
                configuration: filesystem=ext2 modified=2013-01-09 01:32:13 mount.fstype=ext2 mount.options=rw,relatime,errors=continue state=mounted
           *-volume:1
                description: Extended partition
                physical id: 2
                bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0,2
                logical name: /dev/sda2
                size: 297GiB
                capacity: 297GiB
                capabilities: primary extended partitioned partitioned:extended
              *-logicalvolume
                   description: Linux LVM Physical Volume partition
                   physical id: 5
                   logical name: /dev/sda5
                   serial: R3n0uh-V3Md-Nb8M-Aply-x9iB-HBm1-l6lwkR
                   size: 297GiB
                   capacity: 297GiB
                   capabilities: multi lvm2
     *-scsi:1
          physical id: 2
          bus info: usb@1:1
          logical name: scsi4
          capabilities: emulated scsi-host
          configuration: driver=usb-storage
        *-disk
             description: SCSI Disk
             physical id: 0.0.0
             bus info: scsi@4:0.0.0
             logical name: /dev/sdb
             size: 29GiB (32GB)
             capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
             configuration: sectorsize=512 signature=04030201
           *-volume
                description: Windows FAT volume
                vendor: MSDOS5.0
                physical id: 1
                bus info: scsi@4:0.0.0,1
                logical name: /dev/sdb1
                logical name: /media/ninjaaron/USB20FD
                version: FAT32
                serial: 3433-3231
                size: 29GiB
                capacity: 29GiB
                capabilities: primary fat initialized
                configuration: FATs=2 filesystem=fat label=USB20FD mount.fstype=vfat mount.options=rw,nosuid,nodev,relatime,uid=1000,gid=1000,fmask=0022,dmask=0077,codepage=cp437,iocharset=iso8859-1,shortname=mixed,showexec,utf8,flush,errors=remount-ro state=mounted
  *-battery
       description: Lithium Ion Battery
       product: DELL D555173
       vendor: Simplo
       physical id: 1
       slot: Sys. Battery Bay
       capacity: 29600mWh
       configuration: voltage=14.8V
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"I think I must have some kind of hardware failure, but I'm not sure what kind, or what I should do to make the machine usable again" could be or might try reformatting the HD –  Ringtail Jan 8 '13 at 3:55
    
@RickGreen-Turbo I have reformatted it several times. No change –  ninjaaron Jan 8 '13 at 15:49
    
also, the problem is the same when booting from live media, so I doubt it has anything to do with the HDD. –  ninjaaron Jan 8 '13 at 16:28
    
must be hardware then –  Ringtail Jan 8 '13 at 17:17
    
That's what I figure too, but I don't know how to figure out which bit. I would prefer not to dump the machine, but that might be the most sensible option at this point. –  ninjaaron Jan 9 '13 at 1:21
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