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Old 11-01-2005, 12:31 PM   #1
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Kernel panic on a Toshiba Libretto 50CT

I have recently come across an old Toshiba Libretto 50CT. It is about the size of a VHS tape, and has very minimal features: 16MB RAM, 75MHz Pentium MMX, PCMCIA slot, and a tiny color display. I understand it came with a dock and a PCMCIA floppy drive(!), but I do not have these.
Windows 95 booted up without any problems. However without any sort of pointer, or even a PS/2 port, I had no use for a GUI. I decided to make it into a linux terminal.
I am trying to run Slackware 10.2 with the standard 2.4 kernel (bare.i) on it. Since I do not have the external floppy drive, I pulled the HD out and threw it in a thinkpad. Finished the install, put the drive back in the Toshiba, and - kernel panic. It seems to be having a problem running fsck. Here is the relevant output:

/dev/hda1 has gone 43926 days without being checked, check forced.
Unable to handle kernel paging request at virtual address 61d707f0
 printing elp:
*pde = 00000000
Oops: 0000
CPU:     0
then later...
Warning... fsck.ext2 for device /dev/hda1 exited with signal 11.
<1>Unable to handle kernel paging request at virtual address 61d707f0
and at last
Code: 39 36 75 05 5b 5e c3 89 f0 31 c9 ba 03 00 00 00 5e
 <0>Kernel panic: Aiee, killing interrupt handler!
In interrupt handler - not syncing
I threw the drive back in my thinkpad and it booted fine.

Can anyone help?
Old 10-11-2007, 01:24 AM   #2
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Hi, better late than never (I hope...)

Follow this link and you will find several entries on how to install Linux on a Toshiba Libretto.

One of them reportedly says as follows:
The next gotcha is that the Libretto uses a hidden partition to save the state of RAM when it hibernates. You should allocate yourself about 35MB (size of memory plus a bit to be on the safe side) at the end of the partition table, otherwise Linux will happily use the space, then discover when it wakes up from hibernation that files are missing!
Could this be the source of your problem?


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