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Old 08-20-2009, 07:58 AM   #1
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Trying to install Arch with 2.6.30-ARCH kernel but uname -r keeps showing

I have used a multiboot system on my EeePC 901 for more than a year and never had any problems installing a new Linux OS (I even have Haiku working well here).
But Arch 2009-08 is creating the weirdest problem.
First I followed this guide to dd the Arch-2009.08-core.img to a usb key. The subsequent install to a partition on the EeePC 901 seemed to go fine. However, when I booted into Arch expecting to find the 2.6.30-ARCH kernel, uname -r said it was Now the big problem with this is that this latter kernel does not include the modules for networking and wireless on the EeePC 901 while the 2.6.30-ARCH kernel does.
What's completely puzzling to me is that,despite uname -r showing as the kernel, /lib/modules/ shows ONLY 2.6.30-ARCH as a subdirectory.
I even tried renaming the 2.6.30-ARCH directory to but this still did not allow me to load either the atl1e or rt2860sta modules.
Next I downloaded kernel26- from here on one of my other Linux partitions. Then I moved it over to the Arch partition and installed it with pacman -U kernel26-
This seemed to go fine but when I rebooted to what I thought was the new kernel, uname -r still showed and no network connection was possible.
Next I downloaded kernel-eee- from here and installed as before. This time vmlinuzeee showed up in/boot and I created a new stanza in my /boot/grub/menu.lst to boot to vmlinuzee (but with no initrd.img).
Amazingly, although the boot went fine, uname -r still showed good ol' and once again I couldn't get a network connection.
Now, I have to reveal that on just one occasion of the, at least, 25 that I tried this, the network connection WAS created on boot and I had the 2.6.30-ARCH kernel. Mysteriously, however, this seemed to transmogrify itself, or whatever, into after a few hours.
I am so puzzled and frustrated by this weird experience I hope somebody can help me shed some light on this.

Last edited by PaulFXH; 08-20-2009 at 08:00 AM.


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