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Re: Sarge: Kernel 2.6.8 on 486DX33/aha1542 sudden resets

On Thu, Oct 13, 2005 at 06:25:57PM +0200, Patrik Schindler wrote:
> Hello,
> does anyone know about sudden resets with kernel-image-2.6.8-2-386 on a 
> 486DX33? The machine ran ultra stable with an old lfs system until I 
> decided to put Sarge with Kernel 2.6 on it. :-)
> The error can be nicely triggered when doing some disk activity (rm -r on 
> a big subtree, e. g. squid cache, unpacking a .deb or something). The 
> error is independent of ext2 or ext3 activity.
> The machine is as stated a 486DX33, has a wd network card, an adaptec 1542 
> scsi controller with five disks attached and an ET4000 VGA card. It's 
> equipped with 32MB RAM and can swap into 72MB of swapspace on two disks.
> Has anyone actually tested this kernel on old 486 hardware? It would be 
> nice if the error could be reproduced by someone else. Perhaps memory too 
> tight? Unfortunately this is something I cannot upgrade with this machine.
> Thanks for any hint/help!

It could be any number of things, to be honest its hard to even
begin thinking what it might be without more information.

Is it possible to get access to kern.log? Perhaps that shows something.

I've CCed the debian-boot, as there is more likely to be someone
there who has tested out sarge with 2.6 on that vintage of hardware.

In the mean time, my recommendation would be to stick with 2.4 unless
you want to get your hands dirty with some hacking.


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