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Old 11-22-2003, 11:43 PM   #1
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Trying to Convert


I've been using RH9.0 for a while now. It's okay but I'd like to learn more about Linux. I've been told that Slackware is the way to go. I've downloaded and installed S9.1. I have to say I like the install speed however I'm having some issue that I can't seem to fix or find mentioned here in the forum:

1) My motherboard as an integrated 3Com 3c920C ethernet controller. After a fresh install Slack doesn't detect it.

2) I use the xfs.s kernel to perform the install and to format the drive partitions. I like XFS and I want to use it. However, when i recompile the kernel (so that I can take advantage of SMP) I get a kernel panic when I reboot saying that it can't read the root partion.

3) I'm using a logitech USB cordless optical wheel mouse. Using KDE the mouse is 'jumpy' and unpredictable (it'll open/close/create windows uncontrollably).

Can anyone help me out? I really want to switch to Slackware but this learning curve seems to be pretty steep.

Thanks in advance.

Tyan S2466N-MPX
2 AMD MP 2400+
1 GB Ram (2 sticks PC2100 512MB)
120GB Seagate Drive (primary)
200GB Maxtor Drive (secondary)
Samsung CDRW
Old 11-23-2003, 10:03 AM   #2
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IMHO, before switching to a different distro, I would try to master kernel configuration and compilation. The probl you're facing is not 'slackware-related' -- it probably uses the same kernel version your RH9 installation does. The Linux kernel is very modular and can be configured to include/discard many features and to support many different hardware configurations. The probl is probably that Slackware's default kernel did not perfectly match your hardware configuration. If you do want to stick to Slackware, you should try to generate a new kernel, adapted to your hardware configuration.

Kernel compilation is not as hard as it seems, but it does demand some effort and patience in the beginning. The best place to start is probably the Kernel-HOWTO at The Linux Documentation Project (unfortunatelly, it seems to have been removed for review -- Google will probably give you something on the topic). In the meantime, I would stick to a working distro, it possible -- again, IMHO you don't need to switch distros to learn more about Linux.
Old 11-23-2003, 11:31 AM   #3
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1) make menuconfig, search for 3com support, otherwise check out their website
2) you probably forgot to include xfs support when you compiled the kernel
3) in XF86Config search for a line that says:

Section "extmod"
Option "omit xfree86-dga"

Remove the word "omit" and restart X, this might fix it...
Old 11-23-2003, 01:40 PM   #4
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1. For the nic, try opening /etc/rc.d/rc.modules then uncomment:

/sbin/modprobe 3c59x

reboot then check your dmesg (run the command from an xterminal or dmesg | less from command line). I've used this module for a variety of 3com cards--give it a shot.

You will want edit /etc/rc.d/rc.inet1 or run netconfig (more or less the same thing)

2. You will need xfs support in your kernel--recompile time. Do not make a module for it--compile it right in.

3. Jumpy mouse---

Check your /etc/rc.d/rc.gpm and see if it looks like this:

if [ "$1" = "stop" ]; then
echo "Stopping gpm..."
/usr/sbin/gpm -k
elif [ "$1" = "restart" ]; then
echo "Restarting gpm..."
/usr/sbin/gpm -k
sleep 1
/usr/sbin/gpm -m /dev/mouse -t imps2
else # assume $1 = start:
echo "Starting gpm: /usr/sbin/gpm -m /dev/mouse -t imps2"
/usr/sbin/gpm -m /dev/mouse -t imps2

Do you see where it says "imps2"? change all of your ps2 to imps2
Often its a conflict with gpm (cli mouse driver) and the driver used by x. They need to match.

Happy slacking


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