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Old 07-25-2007, 04:34 AM   #1
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Recover after motherboard failure


Hi,

I have a FC4 box,whose motherboard has just failed,but the hardrive is fine.I am hoping that buying a new motherboard,maybe CPU,an slotting in the same hardrive will work.Will i run into any errors?I'm just waiting for the new motherboard to arrive,but i'm planning so long.I know on the past i've had a kernel panic sometimes when i slotted in a already linux installed harddrive into a new machine.

My question is this,Is linux generally compatible with different motherboards,CPUS,i.e install on one machine,and it will run on different machine,or does it depend on the architecture of the machine,and if i run into a kernel panic,how can i fix that without needing to reinstall everything.
 
Old 07-25-2007, 07:37 AM   #2
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Hi,

My question is this,Is linux generally compatible with different motherboards,CPUS,i.e install on one machine,and it will run on different machine,or does it depend on the architecture of the machine,and if i run into a kernel panic,how can i fix that without needing to reinstall everything.
Generally its not compatible, so is the windows. E.g. if you have installed linux/windows on some AMD and then removing your hard drive to Pentium, it won't boot. Architecture should be same.
So kernel panic would be there.
In order to cope up with that i think you will have to pass some parameter to the kernel while booting the machine. Sorry i don't know what parameters that would be.


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Old 07-25-2007, 08:39 AM   #3
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Actually, I think it could boot if the disk controller and filesystems modules are the same between the two mobo. Then it would be a matter of kernel configuration. On the other side, your distribution has certaintly shiped a kernel with a large hardware support and the change could also be pretty seamless as far as the kernel and initialisation stuff are able to figure out the hardware change and load the appopriate modules. So it is definitely worth a try anyway.
 
Old 07-27-2007, 03:27 AM   #4
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Hi,

Thanks for the replies.The hard drive worked fine in the new system so no problems.But if it did not,where can i look for a list of options that i can pass to the kernel in boot up time,to try and fix it.Surely if it does not work my only solution cannot be to reinstall?Where can i get some pointer on passing kernel parameters?

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