Bug#443979: Package: installation-reports - Debian

This is a discussion on Bug#443979: Package: installation-reports - Debian ; Steven Tupper wrote: > Machine: ETX-LX-800 R10 board on an mini ITX base board > Processor: AMD Geode GX MMX 500MHz > Memory: 256MB + 8MB graphics > Comments/Problems: > > I run up the system and it boots to ...

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  1. Bug#443979: Package: installation-reports

    Steven Tupper wrote:
    > Machine: ETX-LX-800 R10 board on an mini ITX base board
    > Processor: AMD Geode GX MMX 500MHz
    > Memory: 256MB + 8MB graphics
    > Comments/Problems:
    >
    > I run up the system and it boots to the cd which runs the Debian
    > installer app. I get the splash screen with the 'F1 or enter' text.
    > If i just press enter i get a blank screen with a flashing cursor,
    > if i press f1 then install i get:
    >
    > Loading /install.386/vmlinuz...............
    > Loading /install.386/initrd.gz...............
    > Ready.
    > _
    >
    > and there is where it sits until i reboot it.


    I am seeing an almost identical issue using an AMD Geode GX-MMX 333MHz
    with 256M of ram in an Acrosser AR-B1554A.

    Testing to determine other datapoints. Woody installer boots linux
    2.2.20 and 2.4.18. Sarge installer boots linux 2.4.27 and 2.6.8. But
    Etch will not boot 2.6.18, Lenny will not boot 2.6.22 and Sid will not
    boot 2.6.24. Booting DSL-N boots linux 2.6.12 okay. Booting an FC8
    live cdrom boots linux 2.6.24 okay.

    Bob



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  2. Bug#443979: Package: installation-reports

    On Sunday 09 March 2008, Bob Proulx wrote:
    > Testing to determine other datapoints. Woody installer boots linux
    > 2.2.20 and 2.4.18. Sarge installer boots linux 2.4.27 and 2.6.8. But
    > Etch will not boot 2.6.18, Lenny will not boot 2.6.22 and Sid will not
    > boot 2.6.24. Booting DSL-N boots linux 2.6.12 okay. Booting an FC8
    > live cdrom boots linux 2.6.24 okay.


    This is obviously not so much an installer issues, but more a kernel issue.
    Somewhere along the line the kernel changed in a way that is incompatible
    with your hardware, either the (upstream) kernel code or the kernel config.

    Comparing the kernel configs of that FC8 kernel and the Debian 2.6.24 kernel
    could give us some clues then.

    Cheers,
    FJP



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  3. Bug#443979: Package: installation-reports, soft-cpu???

    Op 09-03-2008 om 21:32 schreef Frans Pop:
    >
    > This is obviously not so much an installer issues, but more a kernel issue.
    > Somewhere along the line the kernel changed in a way that is incompatible
    > with your hardware, either the (upstream) kernel code or the kernel config.
    >
    > Comparing the kernel configs of that FC8 kernel and the Debian 2.6.24 kernel
    > could give us some clues then.


    The first thing to check,
    would be the math co-processor emulation support in the kernel.

    HtH
    GSt



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  4. Bug#443979: Package: installation-reports, soft-cpu???

    Regarding the failure to load Debian 2.6 kernels on a Geode system...

    Geert Stappers wrote:
    > Op 09-03-2008 om 21:32 schreef Frans Pop:
    > > This is obviously not so much an installer issues, but more a kernel issue.


    Agreed. But finding this report I decided to add to it. Feel free to
    reassign this to a more appropriate project.

    > > Somewhere along the line the kernel changed in a way that is incompatible
    > > with your hardware, either the (upstream) kernel code or the kernel config.
    > >
    > > Comparing the kernel configs of that FC8 kernel and the Debian 2.6.24 kernel
    > > could give us some clues then.

    >
    > The first thing to check,
    > would be the math co-processor emulation support in the kernel.


    The DSL-N 2.6.12 kernel boots okay and reports the following flags.

    dsl@dslbox:~$ cat /proc/cpuinfo
    processor : 0
    vendor_id : Geode by NSC
    cpu family : 5
    model : 1
    model name : Cx486DLC
    stepping : 0
    cpu MHz : 332.052
    fdiv_bug : no
    hlt_bug : no
    f00f_bug : no
    coma_bug : no
    fpu : yes
    fpu_exception : yes
    cpuid level : 1
    wp : yes
    flags : fpu de pse tsc msr cx8 pge cmov mmx mmxext 3dnowext
    3dnow
    bogomips : 647.16

    AFAIK the fpu flag indicates a math co-processor.

    Bob



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  5. Bug#443979: Package: installation-reports

    Frans Pop wrote:
    > Bob Proulx wrote:
    > > Testing to determine other datapoints. Woody installer boots linux
    > > 2.2.20 and 2.4.18. Sarge installer boots linux 2.4.27 and 2.6.8. But
    > > Etch will not boot 2.6.18, Lenny will not boot 2.6.22 and Sid will not
    > > boot 2.6.24. Booting DSL-N boots linux 2.6.12 okay. Booting an FC8
    > > live cdrom boots linux 2.6.24 okay.


    A correction to my previous data. FC8 live uses the 2.6.23 kernel
    which boots successfully. I was confused when I said 2.6.24.

    > This is obviously not so much an installer issues, but more a kernel issue.
    > Somewhere along the line the kernel changed in a way that is incompatible
    > with your hardware, either the (upstream) kernel code or the kernel config.


    Agreed. However this seemed the most appropriate bug report to add
    information. Feel free to assign this to a more appropriate package.

    > Comparing the kernel configs of that FC8 kernel and the Debian 2.6.24 kernel
    > could give us some clues then.


    Attached is the FC8 kernel config that I extracted from the live boot
    on the machine. There are some interesting differences.

    Bob


  6. Bug#443979: Package: installation-reports

    reassign 443979 linux-image-2.6-486
    retitle 443979 Linux boot hangs on AMD Geode GX systems
    thanks

    I am reassigning this to the kernel package. It isn't an installer
    problem. Hoping that this will get different exposure and that
    someone reading it will have some insight into the problem.

    Bob



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