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Old 08-05-2004, 10:37 AM   #1
Tazzmanian
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Unhappy Help me! Kernel 2.6.7 on HP DL380 G3


Hello,

I am trying to load the kernel 2.6.7 on a HP DL380 G3 server.
I have compile numerous times with various otpions but with no success, I always get a blank screen when I choose the compiled version in the grub although the system seems to be loading in the background I cannot see a thing. I think that the parttions are not mounting because I cannot see anything in the logs. I am using SUSE Linux Enterprise version 8. Can anybody help me!

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Old 08-05-2004, 12:14 PM   #2
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If the framebuffer console is not working, you will get a blank screen. Try using a grub entry something like this:

title Linux, 2.6.7
root (hd0,0)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.7 root=/dev/hda1 ro hdc=scsi video=vesafb:ywrap,mtrr vga=788
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.7
savedefault
boot

The "video=" and "vga=" parts of the kernel line may help get the framebuffer working with the VESA driver, if you have the kernel configured to use it.
 
Old 08-05-2004, 01:40 PM   #3
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Thanks! Now I am getting video, but another problem has arised,
a get a kernel panic message mentionning that VFS: Unable to mount root fs on .......

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Old 08-05-2004, 01:56 PM   #4
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You probably need to create an initrd for your kernel. You need to run "mkinitrd" I believe you would need something like:
Code:
mkinitrd /boot/initrd-2.6.7.img 2.6.7
but I'm not sure.

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Old 08-05-2004, 02:09 PM   #5
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Do I need to do this if I did not load nay modules, I loaded everything in the kernel..

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Old 08-05-2004, 02:25 PM   #6
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In theory you don't need it if you have support for your disks (IDE or SCSI) and filesystem built into the kernel. However, I never got the 2.6 kernel to work without an initrd, so I just use it. The Debian kernel comes with an initrd and it was simpler for me to just keep using the initrd when I compiled my custom kernel. When I was using the 2.4 kernel, I just built in support for my filesystem and IDE and I didn't need an initrd, but that didn't work the same way with the 2.6 kernel. I didn't spend a lot of time trying to figure out why. Perhaps there is some other module needed.
 
  


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