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Old 01-04-2007, 10:40 PM   #1
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Exclamation Multiple Kernel Update Problems - 2.6.8


I recently installed the 2.6.8 kernel onto Slackware 11. I came out with a few problems.

First, after LILO loads the boot image, I get a blank screen. I can log in by typing blindly and I can start X, but I sort of need to be able to see the text interface.

Second, my mouse doesn't function. It's a Logitech mx518 connected through USB.

Third, KDE reports that it can't find the sound card. It's an onboard AC97 through the NForce 4 chipset. I'll try installing a module for this manually after I post this.

Needless to say, this all worked fine with the previous kernel, which is the one that came with Slack 11.
 
Old 01-05-2007, 02:01 AM   #2
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mstrswrd06,

Is the Kernel version a typo for 2.6.18, or did you really install a 2.6.8 Kernel?

If this is 2.6.18 with a blank screen, J.W. posted an answer in this thread:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...er+install+2.6
Quote:
Edit your lilo.conf file (in the /etc directory) and go to the section that lists the various vga modes. Comment out whatever one is currently being used, and uncomment the "vga=normal" line. Rerun /sbin/lilo and hopefully that should do it. Good luck with it
Also, if this is a laptop you should be sure the
etc/X11/xorg.conf file has the proper display configured.

Let me note that you also have to install the modules as well
as the kernel package that comes with the distro
(if this is 2.6.18). From the Slackware 11 release notes:
Quote:
Also, the kernel module packages for 2.6.x are not part of the
standard installation, so if you install using huge26.s or test26.s
kernel you'll have to install the corresponding kernel-modules package
when you're done. They can be found under /extra/linux-2.6.17.13/ (or
ISO number two under /extra/linux-2.6.17.13), or
/testing/packages/linux-2.6.18/ (or ISO number four under
/testing-2.6.18/packages/linux-2.6.18).
Assuming your kernel modules are loaded--you may still have to edit
the device pointer section of xorg.conf to solve your mouse problem
as per this thread:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...ware+11+2.6I.E.

This section of xorg.conf begins:
Code:
# **********************************************************************
# Core Pointer's InputDevice section
# **********************************************************************

Section "InputDevice"

# Identifier and driver

    Identifier  "Mouse1"
    Driver      "mouse"

# On platforms where PnP mouse detection is supported the following
# protocol setting can be used when using a newer PnP mouse:

#    Option     "Protocol"      "Auto"

# The available mouse protocols types that you can set below are:
I hope this helps.

--Lawrence

{Edit} You may also find this thread helpful for the USB mouse
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...ackware+11+2.6

Last edited by letitgo; 01-05-2007 at 02:24 AM.
 
Old 01-05-2007, 11:39 AM   #3
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That's annoying. Looking at the kernel list, it turns out 2.6.8 is older than 2.6.18. I'll try out 2.6.19 and will get back to you.

Edit: Yeah... all you had to tell me was that I was using an outdated kernel. Thanks.

Last edited by mstrswrd06; 01-05-2007 at 12:32 PM.
 
Old 01-05-2007, 01:39 PM   #4
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Sorry you had to pick that out of long post--
Happy Slacking,
--Lawrence
 
Old 01-12-2007, 11:41 PM   #5
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if your screen is black after boot-up and you can run startx make sure you are compiling framebuffer support, and not loading in as modules.
 
Old 01-12-2007, 11:43 PM   #6
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The problem was fixed with the newer kernel. Thanks anyways.
 
  


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