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Re: Booting Etch on a Proliant 8000 (6 CPU)

On Monday 21 January 2008, Mateo Obregon wrote:
> > >> > We did manage to get it to load a Debian Sarge Netinst CD, but
> > >> > this kernel only uses 1 CPU.
> UPDATE: I installed the SARGE packages (because the ETCH GCC 4 compiler
> would not compile the 2.6.8 kernel) and recompiled 2.6.8 with SMP
> (Pentium III XEON) and it is working fine so far.
> But, what could be the difference with the 2.6.18 kernels that make this
> machine reboot in the booting of 2.6.18?

I'm afraid that we are not the right people to answer that question. The 
differences between the 2.6.8 kernel and 2.6.18 are _huge_.
The most likely reason is that more recent kernels just haven't been tested 
the hardware you have and that a regression has been introduced at some 
point that has not been noticed.

Your best option is to report your issue in the kernel bugzilla [1] so that 
the upstream kernel developers, but that only makes sense if you're willing 
to follow up on it. They will most likely ask you to try a current kernel 
(2.6.23 or 2.6.24) and to try to pinpoint when exactly the regression was 

I'm afraid there are no easy solutions for issues like this and there is 
little we in Debian can do about them.


[1] http://bugzilla.kernel.org/

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