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Old 02-04-2004, 11:33 PM   #1
Registered: Sep 2003
Location: Malaysia
Distribution: Slackware 9.1
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Various Problems After Kernel Recompile - Keyboard Screwed, "Illegal Instructions"...

I decided to screw Mandrake and hopped to Slackware to learn more about Linux. Now, my hardware isn't exactly the most stable in the world, as I've screwed it by incorrectly flashing my BIOS, mucking up my mobo drivers in XP, overclocking my processor, etc., so I'm not asking for perfection. But the first thing that bugged me about this was that after the first run, KDE-apps stopped working, simply outputting at a terminal: "Segmentation fault". Now I can't use konsole, Konqueror, kwrite, etc. Well, no big deal, I figured. I use XFCE anyway, so it's no big loss, and I can deal with gAIM instead of Kopete. However, after I recompiled my kernel to 2.6.2, sound wouldn't work. /dev/dsp suddenly wouldn't work. I upgraded ALSA, recompiled ALSA as a module in the kernel instead of building it directly in, and ran alsaconfig. Whew. Then Linux wouldn't load my dmfe module, so every time at boot I have to run modprobe dmfe to get my network working. And now...when I run MozillaFirebird, I get:
/opt/MozillaFirebird/ line 451:   975 Illegal instruction    "$prog" ${1+"$@"}
Worse enough, Galeon tells me the same thing gnome-terminal does(see below). Mozilla won't run - at the terminal it quits after one second with nothing ever showing up. So now I'm stuck with Netscape, which I won't run unless forced to, even if I had to choose only between it and IE.

gnome-terminal succintly tells me:
Illegal instruction
So now, I'm stuck with a crappy xterm, forcing me to type the last two things by hand. But bad enough, my keyboard is screwed - I can't use the arrow keys to navigate a page in Netscape, nor page up or down. I can't use them to move the caret around when typing something either. I think this is an X problem, because these keys work in runlevel 3. How can I remedy this? I never had any of these problems with Mandrake(except the Firebird problem, which happened when I set my harddrive to a too high DMA level).

Well, whoever told me a reboot doesn't solve your Linux problems is wrong. I've proven it iwht Mandrake, a distro for n00bs, and I've proven it with Slackware. My problem with KDE-apps on Slackware predating the kernel recompile still exists, though. Suggestions?

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