[lug] Etch AMD kernels not working

Gary.Hodges at noaa.gov Gary.Hodges at noaa.gov
Sat Apr 5 12:39:50 MDT 2008

----- Original Message -----
From: "David L. Anselmi" <anselmi at anselmi.us>
Date: Friday, April 4, 2008 5:48 pm
Subject: Re: [lug] Etch AMD kernels not working

> Gary Hodges wrote:
> > [...] I tried both 2.6.18-6-k7 
> > and 2.6.18-4-k7 with similar results.  When either of these 
> kernels are 
> > attempted, the boot process hangs at random places.  The machine 
> is 
> > currently operating with 2.6.18-6-486, though I'm just now 
> noticing that 
> > only one CPU is showing up with top.  There doesn't appear to be 
> a SMP 
> > option with the 486 kernels.
> Can you be more specific about where it hangs?  Last time you had a 
> "boot problem" it was init, not the kernel.  Do you get any error 
> messages?

With the SMP k7 machine there are no error messages.  It just stops.  A
common place to stop was just after a FATAL message about a thermal(?)
and fan module.  I get these same messages with every Etch machine I
have.  Otherwise it would stop in seemingly random places.  After eth0
one time, after drive information another.  Sometimes after a "File
system is clean" message.  Just different places.

On the K6-III machine the 686 kernel flashes a segfault error and the
machine reboots.  That was the machine with the INIT error that was
likely the result of a failing SCSI card.  It has been running fine with
the 486 kernel.  Note that the description for the 686 kernel does not
list the AMD K6-2 or K6-III CPUs, so segfaulting may be perfectly
normal.  I only tried it as google searches indicated it should work.

> You can look at the bug reports for that kernel package.

I'll do that.  


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