Compaq Contura 4/25c Successful Upgrade to Woody
Working on getting my laptop previously running Slink updated to Woody.
I was really having a tough time of this upgrade, any 2.2+ kernel from
debian either crashed or corrupted the filesystem. The inability to
install modultils kept making apt-get dist-upgrade fail.
Eventually I got the base system upgraded (mostly manual dpkg -i stuff)
and then started working on the kernel.
After a lot of head scratching, I noticed that the kernel was finding
all 20Mb installed rather than the 15Mb prior. I seemed to recall
something about a memory hole so I gave the kernel a mem=14860k boot
command and behold, it worked.
The next step was to patch a kernel with the BadRAM patch, I made a lean
and mean 2.4.26 kernel for this laptop and rebooted with the following line:
kernel /vmlinuz root=/dev/hda3 mem=20480k badram=0x00f00000,0xfff00000
And its working quite well. I set up my root partition with ReiserFS to
try and get a bit more uumph and speed and so far so good!
Just thought I'd post my success story here for others to search sometime.