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Old 08-30-2003, 09:16 PM   #1
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Has anyone installed s9 on motherboard with Intel E7205 Granite Bay?


it is rather strange.

recently i installed s9 (bare.i) on a new pc with
Iwill P4GB (Intel E7205 Granite Bay) Motherboard - a hyperthread motherboard.

and it went well during installation but it simply stopped as soon as it started booting.

1st thought: something was wrong w the hardware, tried w2k and it worked (p4 2.66, 1g pc2700 dram - although the motherboard calls for pc2100 - 60g western digital hd ide0hd, 2 generic cd rw's, master and slave off ide1, keyboard and mouse, nvidia fx5200ultra 128 mb). hardware must be good since it is so GENERIC and it worked on w2k.

2nd try: redhat 9 - freshly downloaded from the web, same thing - it died just like s9.

3rd try: popped in an old knoppix 3.1 and it WORKED! straight off ram and cdrom though.

4th try: with freshly downloaded knoppix 3.2 it died like the rest.

i wondered could it be the hyperthread thing is causing this?

btw i have used the same s9 iso on MANY other machines, the iso is GOOD.

do you know what MIGHT be going on?


Old 08-31-2003, 04:12 AM   #2
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just found out that E7205 is not supported in 2.40 kernel yet, and since s9 is 2.40 based ...

solutions include
1. move to 2.50 kernel
2. patch 2.40 kernel - a goolge search will do. here is one

thanks for viewing my question.


ps, it might be interesting to see if current *bsd supports E7205.
Old 09-03-2003, 11:23 PM   #3
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[s9 does not support E7205 chipset ... to get E7205 support]

download kernel 2.5.75 from
gunzip and tar and then followed the readme came with source ...

and it WORKS (even X too - after fooling around for awhile though)

BUT the built-in Intel Gigabit Ethernet controller is gone now (it was detected by s9 previously).

/sbin/modprob *
and still couldn't find the ethernet controller (there were tons of drivers listed in /etc/rc.d/rc.modules but - intel Gigabit Ethernet controller is not listed there).

=> it appeared that s9's support on Gigabit Ethernet controller is custom made - not kernel default, is it?

What do I have to do to get Intel Gigabit Ethernet controller deteced and working?

thanks in advance.


oh another thing. does s9/kernel 2.4.* support hyperthread - the default kernel 2.5.75 doesn't seem to.
Old 09-04-2003, 03:26 AM   #4
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The 2.5.x development series has since developed into the 2.6.0 test series so you might also want to also try one of those.

Getting to the matter of the Gigabit controller, if it worked in 2.4.20 (Slack 9's default kernel) then it most certainly will be supported in 2.5/2.6. Did you remember to check "Intel(R) PRO/1000 Gigabit Ethernet support" as a module under "Ethernet (1000 Mbit)" in the "Network Devices" section of the kernel configurator?

And wrt to Hyperthreading, I think you need to compile an SMP kernel for that but I'm not sure, perhaps someone else here can help with that.
Old 09-06-2003, 05:46 AM   #5
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LSD and floks,


u r right that Intel(R) PRO/1000 Gigabit Ethernet support has to enabled before compiling kernel, and i have netowrk now . thanks.

as far as hyperthreading, enabling smp support during configuration before compiling kernel does not seem to do the trick. here is what i have from /var/log/messages

found SMP MP-table at 000f4f10
CPU: Hyper-Threading is disabled
Intel machine check architecture supported.
Intel machine check reporting enabled on CPU#0.
Intel P4/Xeon Extended MCE MSRs (12) available

i specified two cpu for smp during configuration. is there is something more i could have done? it would be excellent to get hyperthread working as well.

btw, could i simply replace s9's bzImage in the downloaded iso with the new bzImage and burn a new iso with the custom made bzImage so that i will have a bootable s9-modified iso for e7205 machine? is that how bootable iso made?

thanks for the advice in advance - i feel that the questions i posed are getting deeper and deeper and there are fewer and fewer places i can get advices from. thanks once again.


ps, all the reference are made about kernel 2.5.75


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