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Old 06-08-2004, 08:23 AM   #1
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Exclamation Strange boot message & failure after hw install. Please help!

I've just installed a new matrox graphics card on my second machine. Before-hand it was running fine, having been used more of late due to my main machine blowing up (ish).

I came to boot, and was greeted with the following text on screen:
CPU: L1 I cache: 8K, L1 D cache: 8K
CPU: L2 cache: 256K
CPU: Intel Pentium Pro stepping 07
Checking 'hlt' instruction... OK.
POSIX conformance testing by UNIFIX
mtrr: v1.40 (20010327) Richard Gooch
mtrr: detected mtrr type: Intel
PCI: PCI BIOS revision 2.10 entry at 0xfda11, last bus=0
PCI: Using configuration type 1
PCI: Probing PCI hardware
PCI: Probing PCI hardware (bus 00)
Limiting direct PCI/PCI transfers.
Activating ISA DMA hang workarounds.
Linux NET4.0 for Linux 2.4
Based upon Swansea University Computer Society NET3.039
Initializing RT netlink socket
Starting kswapd
VFS: Disk quotas vdquot_6.5.1
Journalled Block Device driver loaded
Unable to handle kernel paging request at virtual address c890d000k
  printing eip:
*pde = 011a7067
*pte = 00000000
Oops: 0002
CPU:     0
EIP:     0010:[<c026ea27>]     Not tainted
I thought a re-install might fix this. I thought it might just be linux not knowing what's happened with the old gfx card and was throwing a wobbler. However, I'm still getting the same message after the re-install.

This is a scsi machine, with two harddrives. I used the scsi.s kernel for the slackware 9.1 install - exactly what I did the first time I installed slack.

The weird thing is, if I stick in the slack CD and pass it the location of the root it'll boot into linux!

I've no idea whats going on! I've been reduced to using my missus's laptop to post this message: all my boxes have died!

Please help! This is getting urgent!
Old 06-08-2004, 12:43 PM   #2
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OK, so I've stuck the old gfx card back in, and its working fine now. Other than I've lost all my installed programs and system settings. Luckily I've still got my work files; I always partition a seperate /home directory. Thank the heavens, if I didn't i'd be totally screwed! :s

However, there's still the problem of the matrox card. It works, because when I use the CD to boot it loads fine. Just not when I boot from the HDD.

When booting from the CD, I use the following:
boot: scsi.s root=/dev/sdb1 noinitrd ro
This boots properly to the correct device, etc. I'm pretty sure this is how LILO is setup.

But it just doesn't want to play ball.

Can anyone shed any light?
Old 06-08-2004, 12:52 PM   #3
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Ah, just had a detailed look at the card. The ebay seller said it was a matrox, but on closer inspection its a Jeronimo J2N. Posting seperate thread for correct information.



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