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Old 04-15-2008, 02:43 PM   #1
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Kernel update => no more boot linux

Hy guys,

I just reinstalled my kernel ( 2.4 to 2.6.24 or so), not updated!, and gave the final command :
make install after make config and make, so I reboot , in choose slackware to boot from and surprise... black screen
So i reconfigure lilo.conf to load vmlinuz.old to get things right , but wait it also gives me a ...... Black Screen I say wtf man ??
I think that reloading back the old vmlinuz would have put things right back in place but i did not
I have Slackware 10.1 running on a virtual machine
Old 04-15-2008, 02:58 PM   #2
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you need to do a lot more than just compiling the kernel... Somewhere in the Slackware website (I don't remember where) is a nice writeup which gives the steps you need to move from 2.4 to 2.6.
Old 04-15-2008, 03:15 PM   #3
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Speaking for myself, and prolly many others, from experience, using 'make install' on slackware to install the kernel is a sure way to bork it up.
You would do 'make' then 'make modules_install' but for putting the actual kernel binary/image into its installed location should really be done manually, like with cp, or using your file manager. You would get the fresh image from ../{build-area}/arch/{x86-or whatever}/boot and copy it to your /boot area.
THEN you edit lilo.conf to add the new kernel (NOT deleting the original) and then run 'lilo' in a terminal to see that it has properly configged the bootable images.

That covers the kernel itself (which I think is the scope of this thread). Beyond that, you will need to look into such things as configuring UDEV instead of HOTPLUG (2.4 vs 2.6 kernel), maybe editing your modprobe.conf as needed, and other software config items here and there.


PS - as ppuru stated above too, the multitude of Slackware sites and docs surely cover ALL the finer details too.


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