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  1. wrong kernel?

    I thought my 10.3 install had finished nicely. But now I notice that
    it installed the default kernel, and I do not think that supports my
    quad core Core2 quad. KDE system guard only shows one cpu.

    So I installed the bigsmp kernel using smart. But when I try to boot
    from it, the boot fails. I get 4 lines starting with "request_module:
    runaway loop modprobe binfmt-464c", and it hangs.

    How do I get my system running properly?

    Thanks,
    Jim


  2. Re: wrong kernel?

    jamesromeongmail.com wrote:
    > I thought my 10.3 install had finished nicely. But now I notice that
    > it installed the default kernel, and I do not think that supports my
    > quad core Core2 quad. KDE system guard only shows one cpu.
    >
    > So I installed the bigsmp kernel using smart. But when I try to boot
    > from it, the boot fails. I get 4 lines starting with "request_module:
    > runaway loop modprobe binfmt-464c", and it hangs.
    >
    > How do I get my system running properly?


    bigsmp is a PAE kernel that supports 64GB of RAM on 32-bit systems. The
    default kernel supports multi-core just fine (it even says so in it's
    description; if you cared to read it, that is!)

    Check in KDE Info Center how many CPUs the kernel sees. Also check the
    kernel boot messeges (do a 'dmesg' in a console).

  3. Re: wrong kernel?

    On Wed, 19 Mar 2008 17:31:08 -0700 (PDT)
    "jamesromeongmail.com" wrote:

    > I thought my 10.3 install had finished nicely. But now I notice that
    > it installed the default kernel, and I do not think that supports my
    > quad core Core2 quad. KDE system guard only shows one cpu.
    >
    > So I installed the bigsmp kernel using smart. But when I try to boot
    > from it, the boot fails. I get 4 lines starting with "request_module:
    > runaway loop modprobe binfmt-464c", and it hangs.
    >
    > How do I get my system running properly?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Jim
    >


    You probably instalt a 64-bit system. The bigsmp kernel is only
    available (and needed) for 32-bit systems. When you select that kernel
    you will install the 32-bit kernel without any warning and your system
    will not boot because of the 64-bit modules still on the system.

    You can solve it by insering the suse DVD and restore the orignal
    kernel. As from SUSE 10.3 all kernels supports SMP and the 'big' is
    only to allow more than 4 Gb which is only a 32-bit limit.

    I one created a bug report about this. I think the user should at least
    be warned when selecting something which will corrupt the system, but
    the SUSE-team did not think so:
    https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=231153

    Johan

  4. Re: wrong kernel?

    On Mar 20, 12:54*am, Johan wrote:
    > On Wed, 19 Mar 2008 17:31:08 -0700 (PDT)
    >
    > "jamesromeongmail.com" wrote:
    > > I thought my 10.3 install had finished nicely. But now I notice that
    > > it installed the default kernel, and I do not think that supports my
    > > quad core Core2 quad. KDE system guard only shows one cpu.

    >
    > > So I installed the bigsmp kernel using smart. But when I try to boot
    > > from it, the boot fails. I get 4 lines starting with "request_module:
    > > runaway loop modprobe binfmt-464c", and it hangs.

    >
    > > How do I get my system running properly?

    >
    > > Thanks,
    > > Jim

    >
    > You probably instalt a 64-bit system. The bigsmp kernel is only
    > available (and needed) for 32-bit systems. When you select that kernel
    > you will install the 32-bit kernel without any warning and your system
    > will not boot because of the 64-bit modules still on the system.
    >
    > You can solve it by insering the suse DVD and restore the orignal
    > kernel. As from SUSE 10.3 all kernels supports SMP and the 'big' is
    > only to allow more than 4 Gb which is only a 32-bit limit.
    >
    > I one created a bug report about this. I think the user should at least
    > be warned when selecting something which will corrupt the system, but
    > the SUSE-team did not think so:https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=231153
    >
    > Johan


    Thanks for the info. I uninstalled the bigsmp kernel. If the KDE info
    tool had showed all the cpus, I would not have worried. The gnome tool
    does show all cpus.

    The other problem that you should add to your bug report is that if
    you do install 2 kernels, they are labeled identically on the GRUB
    boot screen!

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