Bug#393329: After seemingly successful install on Turion X2 system, freeze on boot
On Mon, Oct 16, 2006 at 12:08:03PM +0200, Frans Pop wrote:
> Can you check if this is still an issue with the 2.6.18 kernel from
> You should be able to upgrade the kernel using the rescue mode of the
> installer (boot the installer with "rescue").
I installed 2.6.18-1-k7. The first boot, I got to a shell prompt. I
immediately switched sources.list back to etch (after switching to sid using
the rescue disk in order to install the updated kernel), then ran "apt-get
udpate && apt-get dist-upgrade". It froze after the third "Get". Solid,
Second boot stopped after adjusting the two CPUs by 89 and -89 usecs
respectively. Solid freeze.
I'd think it was hardware, but the installer mostly works and Knoppix worked
fine. Off to install the 486 kernel.
Data point: despite what I wrote above, none of these were SMP kernels to
date. There is no 2.6.18 SMP kernel for K7 in sid, and the installer didn't
> You should probably also be able to get your system to boot by installing
> the 486 flavor of the kernel (that is also the kernel the installer
> uses); for this you could reinstall the system in expert mode.
> That would at least give you a working kernel to fall back to.
That appears to work fine. Of course I'm not taking advantage of my
Sure looks like a real kernel bug, I'm sorry to say.
Update (I didn't send this immediately, obviously): the 486 kernel would
complete the boot process, but I got power-off hangs after a few minutes of
work, twice. Removing the second SODIMM from the laptop had no effect, but
removing the first (and swapping the second into slot #1) seems to have
stopped the freezes, at least on ten minutes of work. So maybe a
combination of kernel and hardware problems?
Okay, further playing around. (Sorry about the stream-of-consciousness
thing here.) It seems that if I sit in X, no problems. If I stay at a
console too long, freeze. If xdm restarts, freeze. Um, what the?
It ends up being usable, since I generally sit in X and use xterms for
everything, but I would think that freezing in certain video modes, or when
xdm restarts (and presumably resets the video mode) is a bug.
Carl Fink email@example.com
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