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I am trying to compile and install it on a box running SuSE 9. The installed kernel is the default that came with 9 professional. I am trying to upgrade recompile the current stable kernel. I followed the directions that came in the administrators handbook. However when I tried to reboot after editing the grub.lst, when it tries to boot the new kernel I get a kernel panic and modules don't load.
It will still boot under the old kernel. I have noticed that there are a lot of linked files such as linux directory under usr/src/ that points to the current default kernel. Anyone have any idea as to what the complete way to compile and install the kernel under suse is? I would really appreciate the help. I have been told that some programs that I want to run my work if I install this new kernel.
Ok, I got the new kernel installed and am running it right now, but I have lost sound, xserver does not start automatically, just get a command prompt, video card is not properly configured. Does xserver have to configured each time a new kernel is loaded? Or is this just something weird with suse? Ireally want to stay with linux, but windows is looking better all the time. At least I know what I am doing in it most of the time.. Starting to get very discouraged with linux, especially with Suse.
Last edited by bschneider; 12-12-2003 at 10:26 AM.
Ask yourself if the first time you used Windows you knew how to edit the registry. I too get frustrated with working in Linux, but then I remember how much better my laptop ran after I recompiled the kernel successfully for the first time. It is soo worth it. I am on my fifth compile this week in SuSE 9 and get a little closer to the perfect kernel each time. Hand in there..
Run the config again and doublecheck the sound card you selected. I like to have a comprehensive list of hardware of my machine before I even attempt the first recompile. I learned the hard way how much time it saves.
Well I have not given up yet, I just get so frustrated at trying to do something that I cannot find good documentation. Even SuSE administration manual does not cover real well how to compile and install a new kernel. My main problem is what happened to my Xserver configuration? Do I have to run the x server config file everytime I install or compile a new kernel? Also you (pcghost) mentioned to check the config file. are you talking about the one that is generated in xconfig or is there a different one that I don't know about yet? I hate to keep asking so many questions, but I just like plan simple answers and some times I am kinda thick headed if you know what I mean..
Thanks for the help
You should not have to reconfigure x each time you recompile. There is likely something related to Xwindows being left out in your configuration. The config file is the one generated (or copied from old kernel) from xconfig (or other), and is called .config. It is located in the kernel source directory. Remember, anytime make mrproper is run it wipes out any .config file in the directory so either back up the one you are using or recopy it from the old kernel sources. The SuSE manual is alright if you are compiling a pre 2.6 kernel but doesn't apply to the 2.6. Follow Ghostwalkers instructions here
Ok, now I have redone the complete kernel 2.4.23. I have tried everything but it still does not find my sound card on startup, does not give me the splash screen, and generates some other errors about the wrong file system, can't read my c drive on the windows side. I know that something is wrong in the config file, but I don't have any idea as to what. Any ideas on what to look for.. If you need more info let me know.