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Old 11-03-2004, 06:26 PM   #1
Registered: Sep 2004
Distribution: Slackware
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Problems w/ 2.6.9 Kernel Update

First, I am a non-tech newbie, and am trying to learn linux. Slackware was recommended to me by a sys admin friend.

I am running Slackware 10 w/ kernel version 2.4 (the standard one from the installation CDs) on a Toshiba Tecra 8100 laptop. With 2.4, everything runs fine except sound (which is another issue and would be thrilled if someone has ideas).

I compiled kernel 2.6.9 and added it to the system (edited lilo.conf, ran "lilo" etc.), and the kernel boots, but it doesn't detect my pcmcia card (Linksys WPC11 f2.5). Under 2.4, the card works fine and shows up as eth0 when I run "iwconfig."

Is this possible a rc.pcmcia / modprobe issue? I read something about 2.6 making a switch to modprobe...

Any ideas?


Old 11-03-2004, 06:33 PM   #2
Registered: Jan 2003
Distribution: debian, FreeBSD
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No shit there's problems with 2.6.9. its crap.. i fell back to, and now im waiting for 2.6.10. try and install and see if you got the same problems there (remember to enable support for the pcmia cards you have, and modprobe them if you compile them as modules). i needed some time til' i understood how the 2.6.x kernel tree is built up, but i like it better than 2.4.x now.

My advice is, wait until 2.6.10 comes out, then upgrade Good luck!

About your sound issue: Either enable ALSA(Advanced Linux Sound Arcitecture) in your kernel(Device drivers->sound then look at alsa and oss), or compile/install the binaries from their site.

- ^OmeS^

Last edited by omes; 11-03-2004 at 06:38 PM.
Old 11-03-2004, 07:35 PM   #3
Registered: Sep 2004
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Thanks for the hint. Is there really any benefit to installing kernel 2.6.x? The only reason I was going to do it was because I wanted to install the new version of Dropline which requires 2.6.x.

Also, I heard there were problems w/ 2.6.8 . Any luck with the 2.6.7 kernel included on the Slackware install cds?

Thanks again,



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