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Old 03-17-2005, 10:38 PM   #1
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my computer keeps freezing kernel panic please help

I wrote a big long reply about the problem that I have been having with my computer suddenly stopping and then freezing I left the computer for about 10 minutes or so and when I came back the screen saver was doing it's thing and the computer froze I couldn't get the PC out of the screen saver mode I had no way to save the long message that I was writing to this form to ask for help so I had to start all over again and type another please help me message. ( I hope the PC don't freeze up on me again while I'm writing this message because it it dose I'll have to write this message all over again.

OK here we go. My computer has been freezing up ever since I upgraded to Debians New 2.6 Kernel.

I didn't compile the Kernel the way way most people do but instead use this command to upgrade to the 2.6 kernelapt-get install kernel-image-2.6.8-2-686 and then apt-get install kernel-source-2.6.8 then rebooted the computer.

Also When I go to action / log out and then click turn off computer I'm getting this error message : Kernel Panic fatal exception interrupt in interrupt handler not synching. I could not type shutdown -h now in the terminal when I got the kernel panic because the cursor and everything else just completley froze

Can anyone please tell me what is causing this to happen

Edited to note that this has been happening at least twice a day for the last week

Last edited by 1702fp; 03-17-2005 at 10:40 PM.
Old 03-18-2005, 10:29 AM   #2
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I had similar problems myself when upgrading to the 2.6 kernel. Two things to try:

1.) you'll have to reinstall the kernel. This will involve doing an apt-get remove <kernel name> and then doing apt-get install <kernel name>. Make sure you run whatever boot-loader you have installed, either grub or lilo, BEFORE you reboot into the new kernel-that's what got me the first time, I forgot to run lilo after installing the new kernel.

2.) if that doesn't work, try installing the 386 version of the new kernel. It's almost as fast as the 686 version, and seems a bit more compatible and stable.
Old 03-18-2005, 01:30 PM   #3
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You might also try fsck. Could be a problem with your hard disk.
Old 03-18-2005, 10:50 PM   #4
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Oh god I hope that the problem doesn't have anything to do with the hard drive.
I typed fsck into the command line and got this error message WARNING!!! Running e2fsck on a mounted filesystem may cause
SEVERE filesystem damage.

Do you really want to continue (y/n)?

I hit no because I wasn't sure if choosing yes would damage the computer

I got, had the distro fever I must have used at least 20 different Linux distros and haven't had to much trouble with any of them not even slack ware--

I used this command to upgrade to the new 2.6.8 kernel : apt-get install kernel-image-2.6.8-2-686 and then apt-get install kernel-source-2.6.8 then rebooted the computer

I don't know the name of the Kernel that I'm using atm all I know is that's the the new 2.6

I really hate to be such a Noob and ask dumb questions but is there a command that will list the name of the Kernel that I'm using now

I'm going to do what macnut suggested and to try to un- install the kernel that I'm using now and then install it again. I wasn't having any trouble using the old kernel the only downside with the old kernel is that I am not able to burn CD- and ISO images with the old 2.4 Kernel

I would really hate to have to UN install and then RE install Debian again unless there is no other choice I know 90 percent of the hardware settings for the computer such as monitor modems etc it took a long time to gather all the exact information.

I like Debian alot it's just that the developer need to get their stuff tougher and make stuff more stable

Sorry about the poor grammar and spelling it's just hat I'm trying to type everything fast just in case the pc freezes up on me again

Thanks for the replies I appreciate them very much


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