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Old 12-24-2006, 05:58 PM   #1
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Exclamation If you installed huge26.s or the test26.s kernels


...and you now can't:
  • Access the internet/no network
  • Play any sounds
  • Touchpad/Mouse doesn't work
  • startx/no video in X
  • Printer doesn't work
All of the above are common issues when installing Slackware with the 2.6.x kernels (huge26 or test26). The fix is simple.

The answer?

You didn't read the instructions when you chose huge26.s or test26.s and install the modules!!

'Install' plainly tells you that you must install the kernel modules in /extra/linux-2.6.17.13 (for huge26.s) or /testing/packages/linux-2.6.18 (for test26.s)

modules are the "drivers" (I know, not really) for the kernel to tell what kind of hardware you have and how to use it.

***Edited for clarification

Last edited by cwwilson721; 12-29-2006 at 01:12 PM.
 
Old 12-24-2006, 07:16 PM   #2
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Yes. The instructions about this are in the readme on the first install CD. To mount your cdrom drive at run level three to install the modules issue this command:

# mount /mnt/cdrom

then navigate to the directory where the modules are located.
 
Old 12-26-2006, 02:39 PM   #3
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I guess we HAVE seen that question enough times for a pre-emptive post, haven't we?

Title should read "2.6 Kernel" since it applies to both (yes, it happened to me with the testing kernel.)
 
Old 12-26-2006, 03:54 PM   #4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Spinlock
Title should read "2.6 Kernel" since it applies to both (yes, it happened to me with the testing kernel.)
Title fixed
 
Old 12-26-2006, 03:58 PM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Spinlock
I guess we HAVE seen that question enough times for a pre-emptive post, haven't we?

Title should read "2.6 Kernel" since it applies to both (yes, it happened to me with the testing kernel.)
And it keeps happening....
 
Old 12-26-2006, 04:42 PM   #6
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cw, cw, cw... if people would actually read the instructions on the cd, read the changelogs, read the archives here or elsewhere, how many questions would there actually be here. Not to mention the information hidden on their own system in the man pages or /usr/doc section (especially Linux-How-Tos).
 
Old 12-26-2006, 04:45 PM   #7
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I wanted a post to point the 'non-readers' to when they say "I installed 2.6.x, and now my foo doesn't work..."

An easy answer...
 
Old 12-26-2006, 04:54 PM   #8
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Well, it happened to me that I forgot to install the modules (yes, I didn't read anything), but the fix was quite obvious to me... before I even noticed any trouble I went into /extra to install the few "missing" things (like checkinstall,...), saw the kernel dir, looked into it and said: "Oh, look, I don't have the modules installed!". Upon saying this installed the package.

So: you don't really have to read a lot, just think. Nothing gets installed from extra during setup. So, if something's there, you don't have it installed by default...
 
Old 12-26-2006, 08:12 PM   #9
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I don't know if this post meets the criteria... but it should get a sticky. It's just a common oversight.
 
Old 12-28-2006, 09:08 AM   #10
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I don't know if this post meets the criteria... but it should get a sticky. It's just a common oversight.
Hi,

Not an oversight! Just plain 'LAZY' or just that most people want to be spoon fed the M$ way. Slackware is not a gui based user know nothing based distro. Thankfully PV, put a lot of reference and background information into the distro.

A lot of the new users expect slackware to be like their experience with a so called 'main line linux', be it mandrake, fc or whatever. The silver spoon is not available with slackware. A little reading and effort is required to find the right tools. Then to learn how to use that tool!

Just look at most of the urgent posts on this forum. A little common sense would get most the answers that are presented via a search on LQ or google.
 
Old 12-29-2006, 03:36 AM   #11
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It's not so clear to me.
If I look on disk 1 - I see the huge26.s and test26.s kernels but no /extra
If I look on disk 2 - I see /extra with 2.6.17 directory that contains the generic kernel, modules etc. Is this the also modules package for huge26?
I am using "generic" with initrd on some of my machines but I am trying to triple boot with Ubuntu on a new box so I wanted to avoid initrd.
If I look on disk 3 there is another /extra with the ham programs etc

Confusing...
 
Old 12-29-2006, 04:04 AM   #12
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The 2.6.17.13 folder you see on your second disc is the one Install the modules and maybe the kernel source from it. Don't install the generic kernel package (if you have chosen huge26.s when installing) or your chances that you have something important not compiled right into the kernel are high.
 
Old 12-29-2006, 10:07 AM   #13
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Quote:
Originally Posted by davidsrsb
It's not so clear to me.
If I look on disk 1 - I see the huge26.s and test26.s kernels but no /extra
If I look on disk 2 - I see /extra with 2.6.17 directory that contains the generic kernel, modules etc. Is this the also modules package for huge26?
I am using "generic" with initrd on some of my machines but I am trying to triple boot with Ubuntu on a new box so I wanted to avoid initrd.
If I look on disk 3 there is another /extra with the ham programs etc

Confusing...
If you are installing the huge kernel 2.6.17.13 then you will need to install the modules located on install CD#2.
If you are installing the test kernel 2.6.18 then you will need to install the kernels located on CD#4.
 
Old 12-29-2006, 01:09 PM   #14
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OK.....

This is why I worded the first post like I did.

What if they are using a dvd to install?

So I said:

huge26.s in /extra
test26.s in /testing

Which disk does not matter. Why? I make my own install cds from the dvd, and my /extra is on disk 4.

But /extra is /extra, and /testing is /testing.
 
Old 12-29-2006, 02:55 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by cwwilson721
OK.....

This is why I worded the first post like I did.

What if they are using a dvd to install?

So I said:

huge26.s in /extra
test26.s in /testing

Which disk does not matter. Why? I make my own install cds from the dvd, and my /extra is on disk 4.

But /extra is /extra, and /testing is /testing.
True. Point well-taken:-) Thank you for the correction:-)
My comments work for the stock CD install. Some of us don't have them new fangled dvd drives yet:-)
 
  


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