[lug] Etch AMD kernels not working

Gary Hodges Gary.Hodges at noaa.gov
Fri Apr 11 14:29:09 MDT 2008

Gary Hodges wrote:
> Gary Hodges wrote:
>> Gary.Hodges at noaa.gov wrote:
>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>> From: "David L. Anselmi" <anselmi at anselmi.us>
>>> Date: Saturday, April 5, 2008 9:19 pm
>>> Subject: Re: [lug] Etch AMD kernels not working
>>>> Gary.Hodges at noaa.gov wrote:
>>>> [...]
>>>>> 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.
>>>> I think the file system is checked after the kernel is booted.
>>>> So maybe there's a kernel module loading that doesn't work anymore. 
>>>> You can look in /etc/modules.
>>> Nice suggestion.  I just logged into that machine and there are a couple
>>> there that I believe were associated with hangs on boot.  I'll try it
>>> again first thing Monday and report back.
>> I thought I was getting somewhere when I got to the KDE login screen, 
>> but the machine locked up when I tried logging in.  During subsequent 
>> reboots the machine stopped in several different places (some listed 
>> below):
>> FATAL: Error inserting thermal 
>> (lib/modules/2.6.18-6-k7/kernel/drivers/acpi/thermal.ko): No such device
>> Waiting for /dev to be fully populated
>> SCSI device sdc: 143550456 512-byte hdwr sectors (73498 MB)
>> So I'm back to running the 486 kernel.
> For those interested...  I did a fresh install on a separate drive. Same 
> issue.  About half the time I'd get to login prompt, and about half the 
> time it stops during the boot process.  For kicks I tried a different 
> SCSI card.  Same results.  When I get a chance I'll compile a kernel and 
> see if that works.  For the time being I'm back to running the 486 
> kernel with one CPU.

I just played around with booting a custom compiled kernel.  The good 
news is the machine boots up fine.  The bad news is I have no video.  No 
more time to play today, but there seems to be something incompatible 
with the pre-compiled k7 kernels and my k7 hardware.  Is that a bug?

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