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Old 02-29-2004, 06:21 AM   #1
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New Kernel Install Errors

Hello, although I am sure that this has been posted before I have read the backlogs and none of them are able to help me in what I need to know. I am using my seconday machine to run linux redhat 9 on. I have tried numerous time to install a new Kernel I have read all the guides including the ones posted on this forum and at It seems that everything runs great but as it nears the end it seems like it gets an error then stops the install and sits at the prompt. Is there anything that I am missing like dependencies? I need to recompile this kernel in able to make my soundcard driver to work. Once again thanks for all the help in advance. Cheers.
Old 02-29-2004, 07:31 AM   #2
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Stops at the end of what? make dep? make clean? make bzImage? make modules? make modules_install? lilo?

What kernel? What is the error? (Select and copy the terminal output and post it here). Error messages are actually quite good in Linux and are an essential clue as to what you need to do to proceed. We certainly could guess, but why?

Are you trying to install ALSA drivers for your sound card? What sound card is it, by the way? Are you getting actual errors or crashes when trying to play sounds, or do you just not hear sounds? (The first means you do need to change drivers-- or maybe just output plugins-- the second means that you just need to unmute your mixer). If you don't want/need to upgrade your kernel, you don't actually have to recompile the kernel to install the ALSA drivers (which I thought were included with RedHat, but maybe I'm thinking of Mandrake). You can install the kernel-source for your running kernel from the RedHat Network, and compile the ALSA drivers against it. Since the source comes directly from RedHat, it is already correctly configured (as long as you chose the source matching your running kernel, which can be checked with "uname -r" in a terminal), and you can then just compile and install the ALSA drivers following the instructions for your card on the site. I would also check and see if there are RH9 packages for ALSA on either the RedHat Network, or or wherever, since then you would have a much easier installation and could just change the driver using the RedHat Device Manager (or whatever it's called).

The great thing about Linux is that there's usually another way to accomplish things, if you don't lose sight of your real goal (getting your soundcard working) and get distracted by trying to solve a problem with one of the solutions (in this case, compiling the kernel).
Old 02-29-2004, 07:57 AM   #3
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hmm, go to the official pages of your sound card and find what modules your card should have installed. Maybe you've turned some modules off which depend of your hardware... try find more informations for your hardware. good luck
Old 03-01-2004, 04:57 AM   #4
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Hm i've got problem: after compiling new kernel 2.6.3 ALSA cannot find my sound card (Onboard
Realtek ALC655), eventhought the sound still playing (OSS i presummed) but just for few second
before i got message CPU overloading and then the sound just gone

anybody can help me ?
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Im told that the CPU overload is due to a bad driver, It worked for me to manually start artsd after KDE loaded.

And for the kernel, If you could post more info about the error, that would be helpful.
Old 03-02-2004, 12:06 AM   #6
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umm... sorry but i dont understand by bad driver mean, i thought it's because when i use ALSA, ALSA cannot find my sound card.

when i start again artsd via sound system menu (mandrake control center),
whether it's using ALSA or OSS or Autodetect still after playing the sound
for a few sec it comes again CPU overload, ....

FYI it happens after i compile the new 2.6.3 kernel, is it something wrong
on the sound core or ALSA? its ok when i'm using the kernel from mandrake
9.1 distro


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