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Old 10-04-2003, 11:18 PM   #1
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Kernel Issues

I have attempted to install a new kernel (2.4.22) myself, and have totally screwed it up. It can't find several modules and my network interface doesn't come up at all. How can I try to get my Linux box back on it's feet?

Old 10-05-2003, 01:06 AM   #2
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Well, unless you removed your old kernel, you should be able to boot to the old kernel. If not and you can still get your system up to a console, you can attempt to recompile your kernel once again.
Old 10-05-2003, 04:23 AM   #3
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If you give us some more info on exactly what you did (the steps you performed when making and installing the new kernel) we can probably help you a lot more
Old 10-05-2003, 04:50 AM   #4
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A wild guess is that you installed a kernel with devfs, or one that expects devfs to be present, when your system wasn't set up for it. I hope that isn't what happened, and that you can back out of it. If it was, your /dev directory might have been overwritten, which equals headaches from hell to rebuild it. You should be able to tell by looking at your /dev directory.

If so, it's probably easier just to backup your important stuff, then reinstall, letting your installer add devfs information for you. I did this myself about two weeks ago, and just for a challenge, I went ahead and rewrote my /dev, but that's mostly because I'm a little nuts. It's not for a newbie or the faint of heart.
Old 10-05-2003, 08:57 AM   #5
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Well, I did have the old core (and I was running fine off it, even after I screwed the new kernel install) but I installed Fedora Core last night and that's removed all but the faulty kernel and (or summat similar) but that doesn't have any of the relelvant files in /boot.



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