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Old 01-21-2004, 09:19 PM   #16
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i think in just too much of a newbie to install a new kernel, i didnt know what to use and what not too on menuconfig, i also tried oldconfig, which was worse.... any other option that would make it more... "automated" for a newbie?
Old 01-21-2004, 09:39 PM   #17
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xconfig is another one but I find menuconfig to be my favorite.
Really, compiling the kernel isn't that hard, although getting it right can be! Definitely try it!!! download the 2.6.1, then as root mkdir /boot/261 (or some other directory of your choice), untar the source package into that directory and cd into the source directory, then vi Makefile and find this line:
#export INSTALL_PATH=/boot
take out the '#' and change that path to the path you just created. Otherwise it will install the new kernel to /.
Now, do the best you can at identifying your hardware. Little by little go through the menuconfig reading all of the HELP pages. Some make sense to you, some don't. Save this config to a file before exiting so you can just go back later and pick up where you left off by loading it when you start menuconfig. Do you follow what I'm saying?
Last, and most important, is to edit /etc/lilo.conf. Do you use lilo? If you're interested in doing all of this let me know and I'll tell you how to set up lilo.conf if you don't know how to.
Old 02-01-2004, 04:36 PM   #18
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Distribution: Slackware 9.1, Mandrake 9.2
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i'm running into what i think are framebuffer problems as well. I'm upgrading my kernel to 2.6.0 from 2.4.22 on Mandrake 9.2. After I go through the whole procedure of compiling, etc and then reboot and run lilo, I get an empty screen as well. I don't think I can even 'ghost login' either. The hard disk does seem to be having some activity and if I press Ctrl+Alt+Del, the system reboots as well. I just can't see anything on the screen.

I have a Nvidia Geforce 2 MX 200 card (pretty old). I have enabled VESA and VGA as well. I think I have all the right options selected but this keeps happening. Anyone know what should be selected in the kernel to make sure this doesn't happen?



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