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Bug#439134: linux-image-2.6.18-5-486: 2.6.18-5-486 fails to boot

On Wed, Aug 22, 2007 at 06:06:28PM +0300, Martin-Eric Racine wrote:
> Package: linux-image-2.6.18-5-486
> Version: 2.6.18.dfsg.1-13etch1
> Severity: critical
> Justification: breaks the whole system
> Hash: SHA1
> The 2.6.18-5-486 kernel that was pushed over the last few days to replace 2.6.18-4 
> makes this system completely unbootable. I see GRUB load the kernel and then the 
> screen goes blank; not a single boot message appears and the IDE LED on the host 
> remains stuck at full ON, instead of flickering to indicate data transfers taking 
> place as it would normally appear during booting.
> Being physically present at powerup to select the previous 2.6.18-4-486 kernel 
> successfully boots the system, so this has to be a problem with 2.6.18-5-486.
> PS: I notice that a new initramfs tool was also pushed. If the break comes from 
> there, please feel free to reassign.

You are the first person to report such a problem and, given there
were no changes that should be in effect that early in the boot
process, I suspect some other local failure.

Please try re-installing this image, after possibly fscking your disk.
If that doesn't work, please try 2.6.18.dfsg.1-13 and see if it works.

If the latest kernel is still not working, please provide the dmesg
output of the last working kernel.

dann frazier

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