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R00ts 07-26-2004 06:09 AM

System freezes after 2.6.7 kernel loads
I installed the 2.6.7 kernel from Debian packages today and at first everything looked like it was going great. The kernel booted up fine, startx worked, my usb mouse and keyboard were working properly. So then I logged in, and soon after I did so the computer froze. The first time it failed to respond to anything except a hard reset, and the second time my machine reset itself automatically without warning. I googled for 2.6.7 kernel freeze but couldn't really find anything that helped me with my problem. Does anyone have a clue of what could be wrong, or at least where I should start looking to solve this problem? Here's my system configuration:

kernel: 2.6.7-1-686
distro: Debian sarge
motherboard: MSI 865PE Neo2-P
CPU: PIV 2.8Ghz
video card: ATI Radeon 9500Pro
sound card: SB Live!

R00ts 07-26-2004 03:15 PM


I tried to boot it again, this time without logging in at the windows manager prompt. The system still restarted after about 30 seconds. Then on another boot I tried exiting X windows and playing around on the command prompt, but it still restarted. Any clue what's wrong? Please help me, I'm desperate :(

exodist 07-26-2004 03:43 PM

probably an APM or ACPI problem, did you compile the kernel yourself or use a prebuilt packaged one?

it can also happen if you screwed up some of the other options, best bet if you compiled it yourself is to try to recompile again using only the defaults+absolute requirements and see if it still happens, if it does it might be the kernel and your system don't liek eachother cause of a bug somewhere in which case wait for 2.6.8 to try again, if ti does nto happen go from there enabling things a few at a time to narrow down the problem, if you finish and th eproblem does not occur than it may have been a compiel-time fluke, or an option you accidently selected.

if you did not compiel your own but used a packaged pre-built one then try using another prebuilt one or build your own, there are a lot of tutorials out there. if all else faisl use your old kernel for a while longer till another one that works for you comes out.

R00ts 07-26-2004 03:46 PM

The kernel is a packaged one. I suppose I could compile my own 2.6.7 kernel. I compiled my own 2.6.6 kernel a while ago, but I never got it to work very well. I'll look into what APM and ACPI are. Thanks for giving me a place to start :)

exodist 07-26-2004 03:51 PM

APM = advanced power management (outdated) and ACPI (forget what it stands for but is is also power management, that is what lets you hit the power buttion and send the system intoa shutdown rather than just instantly turning off, it does other stuff to.

they should not be combined, and APM is old, most new systems use acpi

R00ts 07-26-2004 07:07 PM

Thanks for the info. I got it working! :D Another guy helped me by telling me to put acpi=off in my kernel line for grub. Ohhh it feels so refreshing to be on a new kernel ;D

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