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Re: Odd problem, crash/panic on laptop during boot.

On Sun, Oct 12, 2003 at 09:13:56PM +0100, Andrew Hayes wrote:
> Greetings,
> I'm affraid I am a complete newbie when it comes to debian although I've 
> a bit of experience with other distros, so urm... yeah flame on I suppose :)
> I'm trying to install Debian 3.0 on to my rather old laptop, a Compaq 
> Presario 1220 as it's the only machine running Windows in the place and 
> I'm sick of W98 crashing when I'm in the middle of something.
> Anyway, my problem in a nutshell is the sucker won't boot when I use 
> anything other than the 'safe' 2.2.20 kernel! Vanilla 2.2.x & bf24 
> install but die on the first and all subsequent reboots.
> All of them seem to die during the RTC bit (where it says copying RTC to 
> system clock or words to that effect).
> It's not a major issue but I'd like to have sound and/or a more modern 
> kernel installed, I'm open to suggestions as to a fix or work around, 
> preferably one t hat doesn't involve replacing the laptop :)

Why don't you install the system with any kernel that works, then
apt-get install kernel-source<whatever>, and build your own
later-version kernel?  The Debian Way is to use make-kpkg, look in the
docs on www.debian.org for more info...

Perhaps your laptop needs some specific workaround enabled in the
kernel config?


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