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Old 06-25-2004, 03:55 AM   #1
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Post Kernel 2.6.6 upgraded - fails to boot

Hi you guys,.....

yesterday I upgraded my kernel from 2.4.26 to 2.6.6; I was trying to get my external USB Fujitsu HandyDrive to work.

Anyway, after compiling and installing the new kernel, it reaches a point which just won't continue and does not load.

On this machine, I only have Debian, which means I do not get the LILO prompt. So my question is, how can I get my system to boot from the old kernel?

I also upgraded my distro from Debian to Sarge, encountering the odd few problems. Any chance to give me a few hints in how to upgrade correctly from one distro to another?

Also, how can I get my USB HandyDrive to work?

Thanks a lot"!

Old 06-25-2004, 04:42 AM   #2
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Hmm...maybe you can try knoppix from It'll let you boot into your old system and make changes (like install a bootloader maybe, or make your system use the old kernel by renaming the kernel image you just installed to something like image.old and restoring the old one). With knoppix you should be able to access the internet, etc, so if lilo or grub isn't included on the disc you can download and install those to your disk. That may get you into your old system. Maybe check out the knoppix forums on for more ideas down that sort of route.

As far as just upgrading from Woody to Sarge (not ``Debian'' to ``Sarge'' but ``Debian Woody'' to ``Debian Sarge''), I've heard of struggles with the upgrade (almost surely there are dependency errors). I would suggest (in my limited knowledge) that you download the 110 MB testing cd from, back up your important files, then do a clean install and restore your files.

Others may have better ideas.
Old 06-25-2004, 07:24 PM   #3
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At what point does the OS stop loading? You can try booting from the first debian 3.0 cd and typing "rescue root=/dev/hd?". It will boot with a 2.2 kernel but you can copy your old kernel image (2.4.26) back to /vmlinuz (assuming thats where you keep your kernel) and running "lilo",. Now you can boot from the 2.4.26 kernel. A USB storage device should work fine with kernel 2.4.26 as long as you have the "usb-storage" module, and the usb controller module usb-ohci or usb-uhci, depending on your controller. Run "lsmod" and see if those modules are running if not insert them with "modprobe usb-ohci" "modprobe usb-storage". The usb drive will show up as a scsi drive, probably /dev/sda. You can mount it with mount /dev/sda1 /your/mountpoint. Hope this helps.

Old 06-30-2004, 03:51 AM   #4
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Thank you very much Tomas,... this really is a great help"!
Really appreciate this...........


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