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Old 12-13-2002, 04:12 AM   #16
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Well - basically what you do is:
go to and get yourself a shiny new kernel
Then you unpack the thing into /usr/src/
Then you do:
cd /usr/src/linux-version-of-the-kernel
make clean
make menuconfig
make dep && make clean bzImage modules modules_install
mv /boot/bzImage /boot/bzImage.orig
cp /usr/src/linux-x.x.x/arch/i386/boot/bzImage /boot

Couple of things:
you can use make config,make menuconfig or make xconfig
Thats a matter of your personal taste - does the same thing with a different interface.
When you 'mv /boot/bzImage' it might be something like bzImage-2.2.20 or whatever you got in there.
Up to the point where you move the bzImage you can still change your mind after that you better get it to work.
What you need in the kernel depends on your hardware - a look in the boot messages is helpful to figure that out.

After that you need to change lilo.conf to make your new kernel bootable.First of all change the original section where it says 'image = /boot/xxx' to /boot/bzImage.orig
Then make a new section like the one you alredy got in there.Just change:
image=/boot/bzImage - that's your new kernel and -
label = this won't work - or anything you like

Then run 'lilo' or /sbin/lilo and reboot if this didn't give you any error messages.
You should be able to boot into 'this won't work' with your new kernel or into,I think it's 'debian' with your original kernel after that.
But you might want to do some additional research on the subject.
Old 12-17-2002, 07:04 AM   #17
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Hi crashmeister.

Sorry for the delayed response but I've been quite busy with my work.

So I followed your instrucutions and tried updrading my kernel to 2.4.20. Then I moved th bzImage as you said and changed my lilo like this:

# restricted
# alias=1

label="Debian 2.4.20"
my bzImage-2.4.20 is the newer version. I ran lilo without any problem. But during the reboot when I choose "Debian 2.4.20" it seems like it's loading my old kernel anyway...??? I checked my kernelversion and it says : "2.2".

I found this very strange. It there some logic in there anywhere.
I did add some SCSI support during 'make xconfig' and still the lsmod doesn't show any sign of SCSI:
Module Size Used by
lockd 42420 0 (autoclean) (unused)
sunrpc 57816 0 (autoclean) [lockd]
sb 32456 0
uart401 5872 0 [sb]
sound 56384 0 [sb uart401]
soundlow 384 0 [sound]
soundcore 2452 5 [sb sound]
3c509 6324 1
af_packet 6152 1
unix 11352 20 (autoclean)

Old 12-17-2002, 08:09 AM   #18
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If it is really loading the 2.2 kernel it will not change a thing - obviously.
First you need to get it to load the 2.4 kernel you have made.
What is in /var/log/dmesg ?
If it is indeed loading 2.2 pls. sned me an email to - I'll send you some more info about this then.
Take your time - I am already happy that you could compile the kernel with hte info I gave you and the box still boots.


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