boots ok with back'd up initrd from 9/08 as initrd= in grub.
trying this first with
ii initramfs-tools 0.92l tools for generating an initramfs
tom3:~# update-initramfs -d -k all
update-initramfs: Deleting /boot/initrd.img-2.6.26-1-686
update-initramfs: Deleting /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686
update-initramfs: Deleting /boot/initrd.img-2.6.18-6-686
tom3:~#
tom3:~# update-initramfs -c -k all
tom3:~#
tom3:~# update-initramfs -c -k 2.6.18-6-686
update-initramfs: Generating /boot/initrd.img-2.6.18-6-686
tom3:~#
tom3:~# update-initramfs -c -k 2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686 && update-initramfs -c -k 2.6.26-1-686
update-initramfs: Generating /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-etchnhalf.1-686
update-initramfs: Generating /boot/initrd.img-2.6.26-1-686
tom3:~#

failed:

Freeing unused kernel memory: 196k freed
modprobe: FATAL: Could not load /lib/modules/*/modules.dep
Failed to execute /init
Kernel panic

now trying stable initramfs-tools then yaird.

y
tom



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