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Old 04-28-2005, 09:51 AM   #1
SmokinTux
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vmware causes boot failure on SuSE 9.2


I've been having problems installing vmware (ver.4.5.2) on Suse 9.2. It installed OK on 9.2 after using "make cloneconfig" and "make modules_prepare," but after the installation, the system began booting up abnormally. The boot message says "could not load" modules.dep, and apparently USB becomes unavailable. I found this issue posted a while ago on this forum and other discussion boards, but I couldn't find any clear-cut solution to this. (look for a title, "Suse 9.2 'Could not load modules.dep' problem") Apprently quite a few people have noticed this issue.

Part of the failed boot.msg reads like this:


> doneSetting up kernel module dependencies (if required)modprobe: FATAL: Could not load /lib/modules/2.6.8-24.14-default/modules.dep: No such file or directory
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> modprobe: FATAL: Could not load /lib/modules/2.6.8-24.14-default/modules.dep: No such file or directory
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> modprobe: FATAL: Could not load /lib/modules/2.6.8-24.14-default/modules.dep: No such file or directory
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> modprobe: FATAL: Could not load /lib/modules/2.6.8-24.14-default/modules.dep: No such file or directory
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> modprobe: FATAL: Could not load /lib/modules/2.6.8-24.14-default/modules.dep: No such file or directory
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> modprobe: FATAL: Could not load /lib/modules/2.6.8-24.14-default/modules.dep: No such file or directory
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> modprobe: FATAL: Could not load /lib/modules/2.6.8-24.14-default/modules.dep: No such file or directory
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When vmware is not installed and boot is successful, the same part of boot.msg shows up like this:

> doneSetting up kernel module dependencies (if required)done

I tried an earlier version of vmware as well, but got the very same result.

This error appears right after a message stating file systems are being checked. I wondered if this error had anything to do with the file system I am using, which is XFS. But no, I don't think the file system can be the cause, as I didn't have any issue like this with vmware/XFS when I was running Suse 8.2 on the same machine. This seems to me an issue with this particular version of Suse Linux.

Does anyone have a clue how this problem can be fixed?

Thanks.
 
Old 04-29-2005, 03:14 AM   #2
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I was running VMWare 4.5, now with 5.0, with no problems on Suse 9.2.
File system is ReiserFS.

Instead of "make modules_prepare", I've always used "make prepare_all".
Worth a shot?

No problems with USB except that I can't fully use my Skype phone (sound and voice only, no buttons), but this is documented for Linux anyway.
 
Old 05-03-2005, 06:50 AM   #3
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Thanks for the info, prj.

I tried "make prepare-all," but no luck. I eventually tried "make modules" and "make" following "make cloneconfig," both of which case took long time to compile, but I still get the same error messages and the USB ports don't work. I also tried older (unpatched) kernel (2.6.8-24.10), and precompiled kernel for that, but got the same result. This is very confusing and frustrating to say the least.

Anyone has similar experience with SuSE 9.2? I am running it on my laptop (IBM R40), and I am starting to wonder if that has anything to do with this error. However, vmware was running just fine on the same laptop when it was running SuSE 8.2. Am I doing something wrong?

Only thing that I can think of as a potential cause of this glitch is the file system I am using instead of the default RaiserFS. I can try another file system, but that sure will be a big pain in the butt. As I wrote earlier, XFS, the file system I am using, was fine with another version of Suse (w/2.4 kernel) and vmware. Could the combination of 2.6 kernel + XFS be suspicious in this case? I have absolutely no idea.

Let me know if there is anyone who's using R40 running SuSE 9.x with vmware on top of it.
 
  


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