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Re: Debian 8 on Late 2005 G5, Graphics Issues

On Thu, Dec 31, 2015 at 07:25:54AM +1100, Peter Saisanas wrote:
> Hi Rick,
> The only kernel i have in my google drive link that is more or less a
> typical Debian kernel config with tweaks was the initial 3.18.16 kernel i
> originally had available. IIRC, should be in the google shared drive link
> "Debian Jessie 8.1 PPC64 Kernel".
> Link for this particular folder mentioned below.
> https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8pqd5Ots1vffmY5ZnpGUDg4UGNnVFk2M05tQUtEUUkwUmhmQWdLMWpfZGVraDIxSFltb1k
> For my own test kernels, i have tweaked the configs, typical things that i
> have changed are move some drivers from kernel modules to be built in the
> monolithic kernel (to save from manually enabling the module) to removing
> redundant modules for myself, (since i don't use raid on the PMAC, i don't
> have MD module enabled amongst many other modules as it slows down kernel
> compile times). Typical Debian kernels have practically all possible modules
> enabled.
> The google drive link with my own test kernels and my own particular kernel
> config (note: may have MD module missing amongst other modules
> unfortunately).
> Link for this particular kernel test folder mentioned below.
> https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8pqd5Ots1vfT2puX09CYjEwcFk
> Note the different google drive folder names.
> Currently I am on stretch repos and I have just built a fresh 4.4.0-rc7 with
> my own kernel config, i have enabled the MD module in this build.
> It seems to compile and build fine, the kernel monolith itself boots fine,
> however it has an issue loading the initrd and therefore cant load ANY
> modules. I think i'm having issues with the toolchain. I believe the version
> of binutils currently in stretch is the issue.
> See this post for the toolchain issues i seem to be facing:
> https://lists.debian.org/debian-powerpc/2015/12/msg00017.html

If you downgrade to binutils from jessie it should work fine.  binutils in
stretch and sid currently is hopeless for powerpc kernel building.

> I don't have much spare time right now, but when spare time is available,
> ill attempt more kernel builds and keep them close to a typical Debian
> kernel config if possible.
> Sorry, i hope i haven't confused anybody!

Len Sorensen

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