Blank screen for long time after GRUB selection [FIXED]
I recompiled a 2.6.9-gentoo-r1 kernel with the bare essentials for a framebuffer freevo box. After selecting the new kernel, this message is displayed -->
Filesystem type is reiserfs, partition type 0x83
kernel /kernel-2.6.9-freevo3 root=/dev/hda2 video=matroxfb:vesa:0x118
[Linux-bzImage, setup=0x1200, size=0x1968b5]
Then, the system just sits there for two minutes, twenty seconds (i timed it once) before starting the system bootup. After that, I see the uncompressing kernel message and the system boots perfectly (in hi-res framebuffer mode).
I removed the entry (video=matroxfb:vesa:0x118) from my grub.conf. This didn't change anything -- the exact same delay after grub selection happened.
Also, the stock 2.6.9-gentoo-r1 kernel does not cause such delay -- in fact, there is probably under a 1 second delay (probably instant). I know I could run compare every single difference in the .config of the stock kernel that doesn't have the problem and my current kernel, but that is like at least 150 changes -- Since it takes around 3 minutes just to boot my machine, running through each possible kernel config would be a headache.
I really have know idea what could possibly be causing the problem, especially since the stock .config kernel boots just fine. I also read that in another forum that it possibly could be checking for unused ide channels so I shut the unused channels off in BIOS -- this didn't fix the problem.
My only guess is that I dropped some piece of kernel that is needed, but I don't know where to start since everything seems to be working after everything boots up.
Does anybody know what's up? Did I disable a kernel option I need? Is there a log I check to see what is going on between Grub and normal bootup?
[hardware disclosure -- A7N266 nForce mobo, matrox g400, nuth'n else special]
Last edited by matthewgoeden; 03-10-2005 at 12:12 PM.