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Old 09-24-2004, 08:06 AM   #1
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Help caused system not to be able to boot to KDE

I hope someone can help me, I know that there has to be an easy way to fix this. I tried to recompile my kernel in a Suse 9.1 personal system so that I could see if I could get my wireless card working (another story all together). Anyway I downloaded the Suse kernel source rpm and installed it. I then followed the instructions in the administrators manual I have from suse 9.0 professional which said to rename vmlinuz to vmlinuz.old and initrd to initrd.old. I then ran the make file which went without hitch other than it told me I don't need to run make dep. After it was finished I ran make modules_install which generated a bunch of errors. I know I should have stopped at that point and tried to figure out why, but dummy me I didn't. I renamed the and replaced it with the new system map and then changed grub to see the old kernel by adding a line with vmlinuz.old and initrd.old.
The system will boot, but there are a bunch of modules that can't load and it stops when trying to get x up and running. It doesn't matter which kernel I try to boot to the new vmlinuz or vmlinuz.old they both do the same thing.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. I am having to use the windows side of things and I miss my linux. And I don't really want to have to reload everything.
Brian Schneider
Old 09-24-2004, 09:10 AM   #2
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Hi there bschneider!

When you boot your system and it tries to start the X server, let it die. Then, login as root and type the following at the prompt:


That will call SuSE's sax2 to reconfigure your X server, pretty much as you did during SuSE's installation process. Hopefully that will help you

Good luck and have a nice day!
Old 09-24-2004, 09:16 AM   #3
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Do you have any idea as to why compiling the modules caused so much problems? Are there different steps for recompiling the 2.6 kernel as opposed to the 2.4 kernel?
I tried using sax2 and I did get x back up and running, but there are several modules that did not load. How can I get things set back to boot to the default kernel? I point grub to the default kernel and initrd, but it still does not load the modules.


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