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Old 08-15-2004, 07:57 PM   #1
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Blank screen on restart after 2.6.7 compile - please help

Hi everybody.
I've recently installed Slackware 10 and am trying to compile the 2.6.7 kernel but with no success. Every time I reboot and load linux I'm left with a blank screen. I've recompiled the kernel a number of times (sometimes making changes to the menuconfig) but the same thing happens. I've even reinstalled Slackware and tried again but it's blank screen all the way. I've used the following steps.

1. Extracted the source code to /usr/src/linux-2.6.7

2. cd /usr/src

3. rm linux

4. ln -s /usr/src/linux-2.6.7 /usr/src/linux

5. cd linux

6. pico Makefile ...and uncommented "#export INSTALL_PATH=/boot"

7. make mrproper
...except on recompile as it seems to reset menuconfig settings

8. make menuconfig ...I went through this with a fine tooth comb.

9. make dep ...even though it warns me that this is unnecessary.

10. make clean

11. make bzImage

12. make

13. make install

14. make modules

15. make modules_install

I would greatly appreciate any help anybody could offer. Thanks.

Last edited by Repeater; 08-15-2004 at 08:01 PM.
Old 08-15-2004, 08:00 PM   #2
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Did you read this thread in the Slackware forum?
Old 08-16-2004, 08:14 AM   #3
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I never saw that thread, although I saw similar. It gave me the additional idea of copying my .config file from /usr/src/linux-2.2.24 to /usr/src/linux-2.6.7. After a couple of adjustments in menuconfig I recompiled again, but once I reboot I just got the blank screen again.
Old 08-16-2004, 08:57 AM   #4
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Hi Repeater, I compiled slack 10 with 2.6.7 couple times and worked like charm both times. Well i actually didnt do first 5 steps you did. I just d/l the zipped archive and extracted in source /usr/src which made a folder linux-2.6.7. Uncommented install path in the makefile and then did the usual path.

Did you include support for agpgart (basically graphics card and chipset module or in-built)? Its somewhere in Graphics section in menuconfig (if i remember correctly)
Old 08-21-2004, 10:07 AM   #5
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Yes. I did include support for agpgart and selected the appropriate video card. Help
Old 08-21-2004, 01:31 PM   #6
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Just keep in mind these things:

1.) To prevent the "blank screen" that most new 2.6 kernel users often get on their first build, make sure that the following options are enabled:

# Graphics support
# Console display driver support

# Logo configuration

Note: these settings are not default in 2.6 and often do not carry-over properly from the 2.4.22 config file and must be double-checked!
Did you try that reply? (Posted by Jymbo but can't figure out how quote works on vbb =/)

I had the same problem with Slack 10 and 2.6.7, and found that I had to manually add those to my conf file but after following that, I got rid of the blank screen.


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