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Old 12-23-2005, 01:32 PM   #1
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Question 10.2 Fails to load on Thinkpad

Trying to install Slackware 10.2 on my IBM Thinkpad 600X, no matter which kernel I boot, the error still lies in the same place. I have redownloaded the ISOs and checked the Md5 checksum 3 times. Here is the dmesg output for Kernel 2.4.31 bare.i

10.1 Installs fine. 10.2 Installs fine on my friend's 600E using my CD and CD-ROM
Any ideas?

Linux version 2.4.31 (root@tree) (gcc version 3.3.5) #6 Sun Jun 5 19:04:47 PDT 2005
BIOS-provided physical RAM map:
BIOS-e820: 0000000000000000 - 000000000009fc00 (usable)
BIOS-e820: 000000000009fc00 - 00000000000a0000 (reserved)
BIOS-e820: 00000000000f0000 - 0000000000100000 (reserved)
BIOS-e820: 0000000000100000 - 000000001bfd0000 (usable)
BIOS-e820: 000000001bfd0000 - 000000001bfdf000 (ACPI data)
BIOS-e820: 000000001bfdf000 - 000000001bfe0000 (ACPI NVS)
BIOS-e820: 000000001bfe0000 - 000000001c000000 (reserved)
BIOS-e820: 00000000fffe0000 - 0000000100000000 (reserved)
447MB LOWMEM available.
On node 0 totalpages: 114640
zone(0): 4096 pages.
zone(1): 110544 pages.
zone(2): 0 pages.
IBM machine detected. Enabling interrupts during APM calls.
Kernel command line: initrd=initrd.img load_ramdisk=1 prompt_ramdisk=0 ramdisk_size=6464 rw root=/dev/ram SLACK_KERNEL=bare.i BOOT_IMAGE=/kernels/bare.i/bzImage
Initializing CPU#0
Detected 498.276 MHz processor.
Console: colour VGA+ 80x25
Calibrating delay loop... 992.87 BogoMIPS
Memory: 447796k/458560k available (1832k kernel code, 10376k reserved, 607k data, 120k init, 0k highmem)
Dentry cache hash table entries: 65536 (order: 7, 524288 bytes)
Inode cache hash table entries: 32768 (order: 6, 262144 bytes)
Mount cache hash table entries: 512 (order: 0, 4096 bytes)
Buffer cache hash table entries: 32768 (order: 5, 131072 bytes)
Page-cache hash table entries: 131072 (order: 7, 524288 bytes)
CPU: L1 I cache: 16K, L1 D cache: 16K
CPU: L2 cache: 256K
CPU: After generic, caps: 0383f9ff 00000000 00000000 00000000
CPU: Common caps: 0383f9ff 00000000 00000000 00000000
CPU: Intel Pentium III (Coppermine) stepping 01
Enabling fast FPU save and restore... done.
Enabling unmasked SIMD FPU exception support... done.
Checking 'hlt' instruction... OK.
POSIX conformance testing by UNIFIX
mtrr: v1.40 (20010327) Richard Gooch (
mtrr: detected mtrr type: Intel
PCI: PCI BIOS revision 2.10 entry at 0xfd880, last bus=7
PCI: Using configuration type 1
PCI: Probing PCI hardware
PCI: Probing PCI hardware (bus 00)
PCI: Using IRQ router PIIX/ICH [8086/7110] at 00:07.0
Limiting direct PCI/PCI transfers.
Linux NET4.0 for Linux 2.4
Based upon Swansea University Computer Society NET3.039
Initializing RT netlink socket
Starting kswapd
VFS: Disk quotas vdquot_6.5.1
Journalled Block Device driver loaded
pty: 512 Unix98 ptys configured
Serial driver version 5.05c (2001-07-08) with HUB-6 MANY_PORTS MULTIPORT SHARE_IRQ SERIAL_PCI enabled
Real Time Clock Driver v1.10f
Floppy drive(s): fd0 is 1.44M
FDC 0 is a National Semiconductor PC87306
RAMDISK driver initialized: 16 RAM disks of 6464K size 1024 blocksize
loop: loaded (max 8 devices)
Uniform Multi-Platform E-IDE driver Revision: 7.00beta4-2.4
ide: Assuming 33MHz system bus speed for PIO modes; override with idebus=xx
PIIX4: IDE controller at PCI slot 00:07.1
PIIX4: chipset revision 1
PIIX4: not 100% native mode: will probe irqs later
ide0: BM-DMA at 0xfcf0-0xfcf7, BIOS settings: hdaMA, hdbio
ide1: BM-DMA at 0xfcf8-0xfcff, BIOS settings: hdcMA, hddio
hda: IBM-DJSA-220, ATA DISK drive
blk: queue c03af460, I/O limit 4095Mb (mask 0xffffffff)
ide0 at 0x1f0-0x1f7,0x3f6 on irq 14
ide1 at 0x170-0x177,0x376 on irq 15
hda: attached ide-disk driver.
hda: host protected area => 1
hda: 39070080 sectors (20004 MB) w/1874KiB Cache, CHS=2584/240/63, UDMA(33)
hdc: attached ide-cdrom driver.
hdc: ATAPI 24X CD-ROM drive, 128kB Cache, DMA
Uniform CD-ROM driver Revision: 3.12
Partition check:
hda: hda1 hda2 hda3
SCSI subsystem driver Revision: 1.00
kmod: failed to exec /sbin/modprobe -s -k scsi_hostadapter, errno = 2
kmod: failed to exec /sbin/modprobe -s -k scsi_hostadapter, errno = 2
kmod: failed to exec /sbin/modprobe -s -k scsi_hostadapter, errno = 2
md: linear personality registered as nr 1
md: raid0 personality registered as nr 2
md: raid1 personality registered as nr 3
md: raid5 personality registered as nr 4
raid5: measuring checksumming speed
8regs : 824.800 MB/sec
32regs : 474.800 MB/sec
pIII_sse : 1005.200 MB/sec
pII_mmx : 1127.600 MB/sec
p5_mmx : 1176.000 MB/sec
raid5: using function: pIII_sse (1005.200 MB/sec)
md: md driver 0.90.0 MAX_MD_DEVS=256, MD_SB_DISKS=27
md: Autodetecting RAID arrays.
md: autorun ...
md: ... autorun DONE.
LVM version 1.0.8(17/11/2003)
Initializing Cryptographic API
NET4: Linux TCP/IP 1.0 for NET4.0
IP Protocols: ICMP, UDP, TCP, IGMP
IP: routing cache hash table of 4096 buckets, 32Kbytes
TCP: Hash tables configured (established 32768 bind 65536)
Linux IP multicast router 0.06 plus PIM-SM
NET4: Unix domain sockets 1.0/SMP for Linux NET4.0.
RAMDISK: Compressed image found at block 0
incomplete distance tree
invalid compressed format (err=1)<6>Freeing initrd memory: 2583k freed
VFS: Mounted root (ext2 filesystem).
Freeing unused kernel memory: 120k freed
EXT2-fs error (device ramdisk(1,0)): ext2_check_page: bad entry in directory #515: rec_len is smaller than minimal - offset=0, inode=0, rec_len=0, name_len=0
EXT2-fs error (device ramdisk(1,0)): ext2_check_page: bad entry in directory #651: rec_len is smaller than minimal - offset=0, inode=0, rec_len=0, name_len=0
usb.c: registered new driver usbdevfs
usb.c: registered new driver hub
uhci.c: USB Universal Host Controller Interface driver v1.1
PCI: Found IRQ 11 for device 00:07.2
uhci.c: USB UHCI at I/O 0x4000, IRQ 11
usb.c: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 1
hub.c: USB hub found
hub.c: 2 ports detected
usb.c: registered new driver usbkbd
usbkbd.c: :USB HID Boot Protocol keyboard driver
usb.c: registered new driver hiddev
usb.c: registered new driver hid
hid-core.c: v1.8.1 Andreas Gal, Vojtech Pavlik <>
hid-core.c: USB HID support drivers
mice: PS/2 mouse device common for all mice
Initializing USB Mass Storage driver...
usb.c: registered new driver usb-storage
USB Mass Storage support registered.
reiserfs: found format "3.6" with standard journal
reiserfs: checking transaction log (device ide0(3,3)) ...
for (ide0(3,3))
ide0(3,3):Using r5 hash to sort names
Old 12-29-2005, 10:39 AM   #2
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So you've installed 10.1 on your 600X? If so what fs did you use for 10.1?
You can't install 10.2 on your 600X?

With 10.2 you intend using resierfs?

I would investigate this first -

EXT2-fs error (device ramdisk(1,0)): ext2_check_page: bad entry in directory #515: rec_len is smaller than minimal - offset=0, inode=0, rec_len=0, name_len=0
EXT2-fs error (device ramdisk(1,0)): ext2_check_page: bad entry in directory #651: rec_len is smaller than minimal - offset=0, inode=0, rec_len=0, name_len=0
Old 01-15-2006, 06:05 PM   #3
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I had the same problem with my 600e trying to install 10.2
I used the floppy install and that worked perfect.

Look at my thread here:

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