On mié, 2016-04-13 at 22:22 -0400, Serge Hooge wrote:
Just an update, I got the RAM changed with the brand new sticks, but the problem persisted.
Seems to be an issue with systemd-based distros, because I managed to get Devuan, FreeBSD and Slackware booted, while modern Debian crashed on me with the same result as Arch.
Serge, your problem got me thinking and I remembered a similar situation I had many years ago with some Dell OptiPlex boxes that wouldn't boot Linux even with a gun to their PSUs. The solution was to add the 'acpi_os_name="Microsoft Windows"' boot parameter to the kernel boot command line. See https://www.kernel.org/doc/Documentation/kernel- parameters.txt for all the acpi tricks you may try with yout laptop.