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Re: bug#390432 - still no boot 2.6.18 here

On Mon, Oct 23, 2006 at 10:00:15PM -0700, Brian Morris wrote:
> On 10/23/06, Benjamin Herrenschmidt <benh@kernel.crashing.org> wrote:
> >On Mon, 2006-10-23 at 03:01 -0700, Brian Morris wrote:
> >> well i tried again,  still same result as ever trying
> >> to boot 2.6.18 on my old powerbook.
> >>
> >> synopsis: bootx hangs after first line "welcome to linux",
> >> quik goes all the way to VFS: ... unknown block(0,0)
> >> (as if there is no initramfs). no floppy drive, so can't
> >> try miboot.
> >
> >Quik can load an initrd at all ? I don't remember...
> works fine with 2.6.15-1, if "modules=dep" is set in
> etc/initramfs-tools/initramfs.conf.

Me too. Works with yaird too, if I recall correctly.


> quik is quik, it boots faster and runs faster, it would be much
> better if i could use it. but it acts like it can't see the ram disk initrd.

Quik handles initrd well. There seems to be a problem with kernels >
2.6.15 and initrd on oldworld. I managed to boot a customized 2.6.18
with the ide-drivers builtin with quick, but the official debian
kernels fails to find root fs (as if the kernel does not find the
ramdisk). I reported bug#366620 which is now closed, but patch that
closed the bug didn't work on my performa 5400. #390432 seems to be a
continuation of the same problem.

On a possibly unrelated matter, the current (2006-10-24) set of


also fails to load the initrd:

"RAMDISK: Compressed image found at block 0
No filesystem could mount root, tried: cramfs
Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(1,0)"

The miboot-floppies of beta3 (2006-08-04) boots to debian-installer
sucessfully with a 2.6.16 kernel and initrd (on cramfs). So 2.6.16 can
load the initrd on oldworld macs, even though the official debian
kernels > 2.6.15 always has failed on my box (performa 5400, with 24
Mb ram).

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