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Old 11-11-2004, 03:12 PM   #1
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mandrake 10.1 boot problem kernel 2.6.8-12!!!!!!!!!!!!


Still no answers so a repeat to real Mandrake cracks because I'm sure that more people experience this problem. And as far as I'm concerned it is a shame that things like this happen to a so far developed distro.


I have a pentium II based system with a 266mhz klamath processor.
Until kernel 2.6.3-7 I had no problems booting mdk.I have just one harddisk of 6.5 Gigabyte. The 10.1 system boots perfectly with the 2.6.3-7 kernel.
But now every time I try to select the 2.6.8.1-12 kernel from the lilo graphical menu the screen goes completely black(not even a blinking cursor!) and stays that way.
Tried everything:
force no local apic, APCI etc etc.
First installed the kernel source and GCC++ 3.4.1 and after that the kernel itself.
checked if the initrd was on the right spot(it was)
Tried other 2.6.8 kernels I could find. But to no avail. it did not help.
Why suddenly this happens is clear to me. It is kernel related but how to solve this is a to big of a problem to this newbie not knowing anything of kernels and how to compilate them.

Would highly appreciate some constructive help

Much obliged

Elzo
 
Old 11-11-2004, 03:46 PM   #2
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elzo, I'm running mandrake 10.1 official with the latest kernel and I have yet to experience that problem. This may be an issue in which you are runnign this on hardware that it is just too old....

I think you are on the right track by thinkling it is a kernel issue, but to be hones I do not know how to "downgrade" a kernel. I'd rather recommend for you to keep using the kernel that works...
 
Old 11-11-2004, 06:00 PM   #3
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I'll bet that this is an mtrr issue.

You may want to try looking at the kernel forums to see if anyone has posted a workaround or reports of problems with Pentium II's and the newer kernels.
 
Old 11-14-2004, 10:46 AM   #4
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such a shame this computer is only 5 years old

So the answer is..........
buy a new computer.
 
Old 11-26-2004, 10:46 AM   #5
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I encounter the exactly same problem.

Though my hardware is not old, I have the same issue on my IBM Thinkpad R50p. 60GB HD, 2GB RAM.

The 2.6.3-7 (up-4GB) kernel boots without problems. But the 2.6.8.1-12 (up-64GB) kernel does not boot at all - the display remains dark. I have also tried other kernels of the same version (eg enterprise), some cause the system to re-boot, some leave it with a dark screen.

WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT THIS?

Any help is greatly appreciated...
 
Old 11-26-2004, 12:59 PM   #6
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You can first load a working kernel, then grab a src.rpm file from say, cooker for 2.6.9 or any other working kernel.

Then

rpm --rebuild kernel-2.6.9-xmdk.src.rpm

and go to bed.

You should have a new set of kernels in /usr/src/rpm/RPMS/i586

when it is done.
 
Old 11-29-2004, 06:15 PM   #7
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Where can I find this new kernel? I both looked on mandrakeclub and google, but found nothing with the name kernel-2.6.9-xmdk.src.rpm.

Thank you very much!
 
Old 11-30-2004, 04:49 AM   #8
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