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Old 06-27-2007, 10:48 AM   #1
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Kernel panic – not syncing: IO-APIC


Hi all,
I am trying to help my students understand & accept Linux(slack) more. I was Win user during my college days and now I honestly regret. I still know Windows better though and I joined in to change that, working hard...

Now, I got brand new box :ABIT FATAL1TY AA8XE withAMD64 Athlon,1Gb,NVidia GeForce 7100GS / trying to make some useful services available.

It was kinda working under 2.6.17.13 but I knew I had to recompile it, so I upgrade it on 2.6.21. I was trying to configure new kernel (was amazed how much knowledge you ALWAYS miss ) but now I have Kernel panic – not syncing: IO-APIC + timer does not work.
I CAN boot up passing noapic parameter, but…that’s not it.

I really need help, I do not want to install windows in order to use such a cool motherboard.
My idea is to start introducing students with Apache-Tomcat, Cygwin, MySql, FTP, user home pages. Any other suggestions you guys think students could pick up, please I would like to hear it from you.

Also, I have 320Gb NTFS hdd on that box as /dev/sdb1. My plan was to share some space and have some (special) users about 4-5 Gb share available. Please little help on how to achieve that goal?
Any comment is more than welcome. Thank you for your time.
 
Old 06-27-2007, 11:57 AM   #2
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you could do what i do which is cheat - grab all kernel-huge-smp from slackware current dir and recompile that version, if you have issues with acpi like i do on my laptop you may want to build the acpi functions into the kerenl
 
Old 06-27-2007, 12:02 PM   #3
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I don't have any personal experience with this, but a quick Google search pointed to this post which contains some very good (technical) information about the problem and even links a patch that might be used to correct your issue. You will have to rebuild your kernel.

The patch was made for a Macbook, and then tested on a PC running Ubuntu. It might be worth a try on your Slack install as well.

Kernel panic - not syncing: IO-APIC + timer doesn't work!
 
Old 06-27-2007, 01:44 PM   #4
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You can safely disable the whole APIC part (not ACPI!). It doesn't do anything useful for you anyway.
Search google if you want to know what it does.
 
Old 06-28-2007, 02:41 AM   #5
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Thank you all for posts,

Carpo, I am not sure we are talking about same thing here, did you mean APIC -Advanced Programmable Interrupt Controller or ACPI - Advanced Configuration and Power Interface?

Linville79 I am going through reading you suggested, thanks.

pdw_hu , are you sure APIC does not do anything special. I read pdf file about APIC and I understood it was specially developed for SMP to overcome problems . How could I disable it anyway?
 
Old 06-28-2007, 08:23 AM   #6
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You haven't said that you have a multi-cpu system
I'm not sure if it is required in that case, read up on that.
It can be disabled in the "processor type and features" menu in the kernel config.
 
Old 06-28-2007, 12:16 PM   #7
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Carpo, I am not sure we are talking about same thing here, did you mean APIC -Advanced Programmable Interrupt Controller or ACPI - Advanced Configuration and Power Interface?
I hate that ... I always get them mixed up. Just gotta remember that the one with 'power' in it (ACPI) is like (APM), and you choose one or the other, not both (well, you could, but one would still be disabled, usually APM). APIC, on the other hand, I'm not sure what it's for, but it can cause many problems, especially on laptops. I know it did on mine. Sometimes disabling it worked, sometimes strange things happened, like my internet stopped working ...
 
  


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