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Old 08-04-2004, 10:00 AM   #1
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Unhappy Building Kernel (mdkcustom) -- Magic Version error!

I need to install the ATi drivers for my Asus 9600XT 128mb.
Using the install script gives me an "Invalid Module Format" error when loading ATi's kernel module, so I decided to recompile my own kernel (perhaps the rpm kernel by Mandrake has DRM enabled, and I read I need to disable it).
So, when I build my own (apart from getting some "ivtv" error compiling, which I needed to disable and rebuild) customized kernel, "2.6.3-13mdkcustom", and try to boot it, reiserfs cannot load, saying something like

Version magic: "2.6.3-13mdkcustom PENTIUMIII" should be "2.6.3-13mdk PENTIUMIII"

Therefore, I'm still not able to even compile my own kernel (damnit)

Please, help!

Old 08-05-2004, 03:29 PM   #2
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Well, I've got one good news and one bad news!

Good news: I've made it work! Here's how:

Downloaded a new kernel Mandrake just released, and followed instructions. It plainly worked. What happened? In the last try, I had tried to compile my kernel a few times (some of these were successfully). So, with just makeing it, it changed some files in the source tree (that's why they say you should do make mrproper, but I didn't think it had to be done even if I wasn't compiling my kernel!!). The thing is the module was compiling for target "2.6.3-xmdkcustom". But if you leave the source tree as it comes, it can compile to various targets (at least that's what Mandrake says! -- in the source README). Ok, now I have a nice 3d working desktop!. But...

Bad new: it hangs!!! GOD DAMN YOU ATi!

Yes! It crashes! After a minute or two of using some OpenGL thing (be it TuxRacer or Ephoria screensaver -- didn't test with glxgears), it just hangs. The mouse moves, but no other response is given (can't change vt, restart X or anything -- would like to try ssh from another machine). Will search for it.




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