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Old 10-31-2004, 05:33 AM   #1
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boot process freezes at "Probing IDE interface ide0..."


Hello everybody,
I have just installed Mandrake 10.1 RC1. The installation went very smooth and everything seemed fine.
However, when I first tried to boot into the system, the computer froze. As far as I can tell everything works as intended up to the point, when the kernel is "probing IDE interface ide0..." (that's the last message I get).

I have tried using different kernels, which all have their own share of problems (I have not gotten a single one to work on this system, they show other problems though). I suspect Mandrake requires certain patches to be applied to the kernel.

I have never run kernel version 2.6.8.1 on this system before. I dont know if it's a kernel problem or related to Mandrake's setup.

The official Mandrake kernels (as found here) still show this problem. I have tried all versions found on the server I linked to above up to build 19 (the latest at the time of writing).

If any of you have had this problem before, please help me. How did you solve it?
What is probing the IDE interface anyways? Can it be bypassed?

Thanks a bunch for any help,
- drowstar

Edit: I just discovered that after I have the computer sitting there for roughly half an hour it displays another message:
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******* Your BIOS seems to not contain a fix for K8 Errata #93.
******* Working around it, but it may cause SEGVs or burn power.
******* Please consider a BIOS update.
******* Disabling USB legacy in the BIOS may also help.
After that it's not doing anything again. USB legacy support has been disabled all along.
Any ideas? Thanks,
- drowstar

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Old 11-01-2004, 03:21 AM   #2
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http://lkml.org/lkml/2004/10/17/141

http://archives.mandrakelinux.com/co...5/msg00002.php
 
Old 11-01-2004, 04:30 PM   #3
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opjose, thanks a bunch for your information. I am going to try a BIOS update tomorrow and let you all know, how it went.

Thanks again,
- drowstar
 
Old 11-01-2004, 06:18 PM   #4
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I hope it works.
 
Old 11-02-2004, 09:39 AM   #5
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Hi opjose and everybody,
unfortunatelly I had no such luck. The most recent version of the BIOS still has the same error. My motherboard is a fujitsu-siemens d1607. The current BIOS version is 1.10. Up to this version the changelogs of the BIOS don't contain any mention of a "K8 Errata #93". I tried it nonetheless, but, well, didn't change anything.

Is it possible that this is a bug in the kernel? It worked for kernel 2.6.3 (the last system I had running on this computer. I decided to start over when I encountered significant problems with the old system).
Any point in waiting for 2.6.9 packages for Mandrake? (Yes, I could try to build the kernel, but - as I mentioned earlier - the system gives me weird behavior if I do. Has anybody actually ever run a vanilla kernel on a distro other than Slackware or Gentoo?)

Can anybody point me to Mandrake kernel packages of older kernels that will still work with 10.1? I haven't had any luck in finding any. Or are there inofficial packages that will already have 2.6.9?
Maybe someone smarter than me has another alternate course of action?

Thanks a lot,
- drowstar
 
Old 11-02-2004, 12:45 PM   #6
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Whatabout trying the old 2.6.3 kernel?

And yes, a friend is now running 2.6.9 on mdk10.1OE - but not a 64 bit platform.
 
Old 11-02-2004, 01:07 PM   #7
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problem is, the 2.6.3 powered system was fedora. And they seem to use their own set of kernel patches. I feel stupid for not being able to compile a running kernel (or one that has an identical problem at least) for this system.
do you know what your friend did? The official Mandrake repositories dont seem to have the 2.6.9 kernel yet. Any information on how he got it to work? I would appreciate all help.

Thanks a lot for your help guys,
- drowstar
 
Old 11-02-2004, 02:31 PM   #8
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You may find 2.6.9 rpm's in the developement tree.

However be aware that they will have dependancies which will require extensive upgrades that in turn can wreak the system.
 
Old 11-03-2004, 01:43 AM   #9
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I'll do whatever it takes
However, I am having difficulties finding the "developement tree" you spoke about. Isn't cooker the development part of Mandrake? If I am wrong, can you point me to the right place?

Thanks a lot,
- drowstar
 
  


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