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Old 11-12-2018, 04:04 AM   #1
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antiX 17.2: How do I downgrade Kernel from 4.9 to 4.4 ?


I've just installed antiX (17.2 version) for the first time on my Samsung N145 netbook - it's running very well.

However, I need to use an older kernel, as kernel versions 4.9 (or later) produce ACPI error messages on booting. Previously, with other distros on this netbook, I've found that if I downgrade the kernel to 4.4 the booting error messages disappear.

How do I create a kernel downgrade from 4.9 to 4.4 on antiX 17.2 ?

Many thanks in advance for your replies.

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Old 11-12-2018, 05:21 AM   #2
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Need to, or wish to? ACPI error messages are usually just an annoyance, not a problem that needs fixing.

Does your kernel cmdline include quiet? If not, adding it might suppress annoying messages. Also investigate using kernel.printk for altering kernel messages.

AntiX 16 used/uses a 4.4 kernel, so you might be able to install it with apt. Does
Code:
aptitude versions linux-image
show any 4.4 versions? If so, specify the version to install with apt or aptitude. If not, goto the online repos with your web browser, find a linux-image 4.4 version, download with wget, curl or browser, then try installing manually.
 
Old 11-20-2018, 09:36 AM   #3
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Most old computers have acpi glitches in them and modern kernels are getting more and more pedantic about reporting these. I recently upgraded my AntiX kernel to 4.18 as recommended by AntiCapitalista and now I get a string of boot messages about an undefined (or perhaps wrongly defined) pci interrupt device. As long as acpi problems don't stop the machine booting, you can ignore them.

If you do want to downgrade, I think the easiest way is to use synaptic. If you display the kernel section, you can get a listing of available kernels. Just install the one you want. But make sure it's an LTS kernel so as not to lose the protection against spectre that has now been built in.
 
Old 11-23-2018, 07:48 PM   #4
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MX Linux

Antix Linux has a lot of problems after install. I will try MX Linux for test!
 
Old 12-02-2018, 10:10 AM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Goro Daimon View Post
Antix Linux has a lot of problems after install. I will try MX Linux for test!
MX is great. I hope you like it too.
 
Old 12-02-2018, 07:21 PM   #6
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Antix Linux has a lot of problems after install.

Respectively No.

Code:
harry@biker:~
$ inxi -S
System:    Host: biker Kernel: 4.9.83-antix.1-686-smp-pae i686 bits: 32 Desktop: IceWM 1.3.8 
           Distro: antiX-15-V_386-full Killah P 30 June 2015 
harry@biker:~
Quote:
Antix Linux has a lot of problems after Goro installs it because it lacks a Desktop Environment and does not use systemd.
There.
Fixed it for ya.
 
Old 12-13-2018, 05:59 PM   #7
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Respectively No.

Code:
harry@biker:~
$ inxi -S
System:    Host: biker Kernel: 4.9.83-antix.1-686-smp-pae i686 bits: 32 Desktop: IceWM 1.3.8 
           Distro: antiX-15-V_386-full Killah P 30 June 2015 
harry@biker:~


There.
Fixed it for ya.
this is absolutely irrelevant (he asked about 4.4.x) and not true: what missing syslemd has do to with the possible problems or GUI?

Well, you can try to compile your own kernel:
first run:
apt-get install libncurses5-dev libncursesw5-dev, dpkg-dev, libssl-dev, bison, flex, fakeroot

next get some sort of general kernel config file (I used config-4.14.1 that I had from another distro)
download latest 4.4.167.

unpack it:
sudo tar xpvf path_to/linux-4.4.167.tar.xz -C /usr/src/

copy config file to /usr/src/linux-4.4.167/.config

pay attention! there is . (dot) in front of config file in the destination folder)

run
make menuconfig

assuming that you have general config file (any distro will do), you don't have to do anything, just save it after running menuconfig. This way you will adjust .config file to your kernel.
Running make menuconfig is important (and saving without any custom editing)

now edit .config with nano or vi
and change
CONFIG_DEFAULT_HOSTNAME="(none)"
to
CONFIG_DEFAULT_HOSTNAME="test"

this is cosmetic attempt to further differentiate your kernel from next one (if you will ever compile kernel again)

run
sudo make deb-pkg LOCALVERSION=-test KDEB_PKGVERSION=$(make kernelversion)-1

when kernel is compiled, install it:
sudo dpkg -i /usr/src/*.deb

reboot, and from grub menu select Advanced option, next select your installed 4.4.167 kernel

boot up and hopefully it will work.
If somethig would happen and freshly made kernel would fail, reboot system and select original kernel from grub menu.

hopefully this will help
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Old 12-14-2018, 04:38 PM   #8
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@ Aeterna

Ever hear of

https://github.com/BitJam/cli-aptiX
 
  


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