LinuxQuestions.org
View the Most Wanted LQ Wiki articles.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Distributions > Slackware
User Name
Password
Slackware This Forum is for the discussion of Slackware Linux.

Notices

Reply
 
Search this Thread
Old 04-28-2011, 07:50 PM   #1
qweasd
Member
 
Registered: May 2010
Posts: 436

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Slackware 13.37 install reboots


Can't boot the x64 version of the official install DVD or any mini-image from Alien Bob. Either way, the computer reboots a few seconds after loading the kernel. Running 13.1 x64 on the very same hardware right now. Edit: this system ran Slack 100% stably for about a year, and Ubuntu for a few years before that. I am using it to write this, and have no reason to suspect any kind of hardware failure. memtest passes. I managed to snap a picture of the screen just before the reboot, here is the end:

Code:
Trying to unpack rootfs image as initramfs...
rootfs image is not initramfs (uncompression error): looks like an initrd
Freeing initrd memory: 19568k freed
SUMMARY EDIT

Just as reported by AlleyTrotter below, every installation media I tried for 13.1 hangs right after loading initrd, and every installation media I tried for 13.37 rebooted with the message posted just above. I havent tried all the combinations (official, alien, DVD, CD, x64, x32, USB, PXE), but I tried a lot of them, all with the same consistent results.

I have 4G of RAM, and the workaround provided below by AlleyTrotter (booting with huge.s mem=3700M) worked. That is to say, I booted from the official x64 DVD and was able to log in as root, and everything seemed OK. I did not try to install, though, since I already successfully installed a minimal system from 13.0 media and then upgraded directly to full 13.37. Once again, my system is Dell XPS 630i. I see no reason to post other system specs since I don't know what exactly is at fault, but will be glad to provide more information if anyone is willing to research this further. Thanks everyone for your help

Last edited by qweasd; 05-02-2011 at 11:34 PM.
 
Old 04-28-2011, 07:52 PM   #2
willysr
Senior Member
 
Registered: Jul 2004
Location: Jogja, Indonesia
Distribution: Slackware-Current
Posts: 2,546

Rep: Reputation: 419Reputation: 419Reputation: 419Reputation: 419Reputation: 419
try running memtest for hardware failure
 
Old 04-29-2011, 10:09 AM   #3
qweasd
Member
 
Registered: May 2010
Posts: 436

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Well, I see no reason why slack wouldn't work once installed, so I will try to install the minimal 13.1 and then upgrade to 13.37. Still it's weird that I cannot boot any CD or DVD. Using Dell XPS 630i.
 
Old 04-29-2011, 10:27 AM   #4
vtel57
Member
 
Registered: Jul 2006
Location: Tampa, FL, USA
Distribution: Slackware64
Posts: 857

Rep: Reputation: 88
Quote:
Originally Posted by qweasd View Post
Well, I see no reason why slack wouldn't work once installed, so I will try to install the minimal 13.1 and then upgrade to 13.37. Still it's weird that I cannot boot any CD or DVD. Using Dell XPS 630i.
Man! That's the long way around. Just nuke the current install and fresh install 13.37. Myeh... it's up to you how you wanna' do it, though. Either way... LUCK with it.
 
Old 04-29-2011, 10:47 AM   #5
qweasd
Member
 
Registered: May 2010
Posts: 436

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Is there a way to fresh install 13.37 without booting from a DVD, CD, or net?

Last edited by qweasd; 04-29-2011 at 10:49 AM.
 
Old 04-29-2011, 10:48 AM   #6
willysr
Senior Member
 
Registered: Jul 2004
Location: Jogja, Indonesia
Distribution: Slackware-Current
Posts: 2,546

Rep: Reputation: 419Reputation: 419Reputation: 419Reputation: 419Reputation: 419
use usb image?
 
Old 04-29-2011, 11:05 AM   #7
vtel57
Member
 
Registered: Jul 2006
Location: Tampa, FL, USA
Distribution: Slackware64
Posts: 857

Rep: Reputation: 88
It's possible you might have a corrupted download or burn from Bob's repo. Did you check md5sum/sha1sum before burning? A fresh d-load/burn might be in order.
 
Old 04-29-2011, 11:10 AM   #8
qweasd
Member
 
Registered: May 2010
Posts: 436

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
I have no faith in USB boot either: unless it avoids using initramfs, it will probably fail as well. Is there a way, may be, to use initrd instead of initramfs while booting from DVD? I don't know if this makes any sense, my understanding of the boot is pretty poor.

Edit: my burns are OK. I verified sums and the burns, and they boot on other machines.

Last edited by qweasd; 04-29-2011 at 11:11 AM.
 
Old 04-29-2011, 11:25 AM   #9
kkady32
Member
 
Registered: Dec 2010
Distribution: Slackware64
Posts: 86

Rep: Reputation: 14
Quote:
Edit: my burns are OK. I verified sums and the burns, and they boot on other machines.
then you cann try the new PXE install server

Last edited by kkady32; 04-29-2011 at 11:27 AM.
 
Old 04-29-2011, 07:04 PM   #10
qweasd
Member
 
Registered: May 2010
Posts: 436

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Tried PXE boot, and it has the same problem. Tried 13.1 install, and it hangs right after loading the kernel (initrd). 13.0 install media works fine (this was the one I originally used), and I will try to install 13.0 and upgrade to 13.37. Will report back.
 
Old 04-29-2011, 07:43 PM   #11
vtel57
Member
 
Registered: Jul 2006
Location: Tampa, FL, USA
Distribution: Slackware64
Posts: 857

Rep: Reputation: 88
If I rememeber correctly, there were some major changes between 13.0 and 13.1 regarding Xorg. Here's a snip of the changelog.txt for 13.1:

Quote:
Tue Apr 27 22:37:30 UTC 2010
Thanks to Robby Workman for this huge batch of X updates!
ap/radeontool-1.6.1-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
x/compiz-0.8.6-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
x/imake-1.0.3-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
x/libdrm-2.4.20-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
x/libxcb-1.6-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
x/mesa-7.8.1-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
x/util-macros-1.7.0-noarch-1.txz: Upgraded.
x/xdm-1.1.10-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
x/xf86-input-evdev-2.3.3-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
x/xf86-input-vmmouse-12.6.9-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
x/xf86-input-wacom-0.10.5-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
x/xf86-video-ati-6.13.0-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
x/xf86-video-intel-2.11.0-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
x/xf86-video-newport-0.2.3-x86_64-1.txz: Removed.
This driver supports a video chipset used only on MIPS hardware.
x/xf86-video-nouveau-blacklist-noarch-1.txz: Added.
This is NOT the nouveau driver! It installs a file in /etc/modprobe.d/
to prevent the kernel module from autoloading. We don't want the nouveau
loaded since we do not ship the nouveau driver (yet), and having the
module loaded prevents the nv and binary nVidia drivers from working.
x/xf86-video-xgixp-1.7.99.4-x86_64-1.txz: Removed.
This driver breaks X -configure and running X.Org without a config file.
Besides that, x.x.99.x is not a stable release version.
If anyone actually uses this driver, please let us know.
x/xorg-server-1.7.6-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
x/xorg-server-xephyr-1.7.6-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
x/xorg-server-xnest-1.7.6-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
x/xorg-server-xvfb-1.7.6-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
x/xorg-sgml-doctools-1.4-noarch-1.txz: Upgraded.
x/xterm-257-x86_64-1.txz: Upgraded.
You say 13.0 loads, but 13.1 nor 13.37 does. Could the Xorg differences be the cause?
 
Old 04-30-2011, 03:03 PM   #12
AlleyTrotter
Member
 
Registered: Jun 2002
Location: Coal Township PA
Distribution: Slackware64-14.1 (3.16.0) UEFI enabled
Posts: 348

Rep: Reputation: 71
Smile Identical problem here

Mine started with 13.1
instead of rebooting it would just hang at booting kernel
After weeks of trouble shooting in my spare time I came up with the following
At the request to select a kernel type
""""
huge.s mem=3700M
"""""
for my 4GB machine at 13.1

WITH 13.37
MY PROBLEM IS IDENTICAL TO YOURS
reboots in exactly the same "Freeing'

i now have 8GB and the fix is
""""""
huge.s mem=8090M
""""""

works like a charm
obviously has something to where the kernel is getting loaded in memory
I am still trying to root it out
I used to do Z80 assembler now relearning x86_64 assembler so I can follow the booting and loading kernel into memory
but the going is slow

I will sooner or later solve this problem
I have communicated with PV on this and he has seen similar problems in the past.

I am so happy I am no longer alone
Dell optiplex 740
x86_64 AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5000+
2 - 160 GB hard drives
Nvidia gt-9400 video
Onboard 6150LE video
8GB memory
Optical drive
External usb drives 2 at 500GB
HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY!!!!!

thanks
john

Last edited by AlleyTrotter; 04-30-2011 at 03:39 PM. Reason: added processor type
 
Old 05-02-2011, 09:51 AM   #13
qweasd
Member
 
Registered: May 2010
Posts: 436

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Great to hear from you, AlleyTrotter. The way you describe it, we have exactly the same problem. My system is up and running now: I installed 13.0 and then upgraded to 13.37. I will test your solution shortly and we will put this thread to rest, hopefully
 
Old 05-02-2011, 11:34 PM   #14
qweasd
Member
 
Registered: May 2010
Posts: 436

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Marking it closed, the summary is in the front.
 
Old 05-22-2011, 01:08 PM   #15
ErdwinJC
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Feb 2010
Location: Louisiana
Distribution: Slackware 13.37 64 bit
Posts: 8

Rep: Reputation: 0
Im having trouble with this too. slackware 13.37 64 bit installs fine, but when i boot off flash stick it reboots the system and i cannot use the dvd-rom to boot off of. So im downloading slackware 13.0 64 bit-dvd.iso and installing it then upgrading to slackwre 13.37 64 bit using the dvd.iso i burned. Will be back here shortly to confirm upgrading works.Im dying to try this new version!!! :^D


In the mentime, Has anyone figured out how to get slackware64 bit and windows 7 64 bit on the same hard drive using lilo/grub? I cant seem to pull it off or to get easybnc to work at all.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Slackware reboots the_festival Linux - Newbie 3 05-12-2009 08:52 PM
Random Reboots - Slackware 10.2 tsg Linux - General 1 03-18-2008 11:49 AM
The pc reboots after ~2mn under Slackware and a little more under knoppix. Linux.tar.gz Linux - Hardware 4 01-06-2005 10:55 AM
Slackware install reboots perpetually at GRUB timsch75 Slackware 8 03-18-2004 08:19 AM
Help Slackware Reboots for no reason :s mr.gizm0 Slackware 2 01-31-2004 07:11 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:23 PM.

Main Menu
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
identi.ca: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration