whacked out 2.2.18pre17?

Stefan Jeglinski jeglin at 4pi.com
Sat Nov 4 17:03:01 EST 2000

>  >I am aware that this kernel is being worked on daily (that's why I
>>try to rebuild it each night), but I'm a little surprised that I am
>>having so much trouble with a pre17 kernel. Anybody know what's up?
>>Is this thing going through such big changes that I should let it go
>>for a while instead of trying each night?
>Well, first try with a more recent bootx.. that may help.

After a long evening of playing with this, I stand by my original assertion :-)

I did update to BootX 1.2.2, and started from scratch by playing with
several settings. I also scrounged several 2.2.18 versions, newly
rsynced from penguinppc.org::linux-pmac-stable and
ppc.linuxcare.com::linux-pmac-stable, and also earlier 2.2.18 rsyncs
that were stored on different computers available to me.

The two things that are constant on my hardware (PowerTowerPro +
PowerLogix G3, 6 PCI cards, most of which are not seen anyway,

1. Full boot is impossible, always with one of the following circumstances:
	a) freeze at "booting..."
	b) can't find MAC address for MACE device -> kernel panic
	c) "machine check in kernel mode" -> "unknown values in srr1" ->
		kernel panic

2. no video checkbox is ignored, on or off. There is no way to force
OFfb, regardless of kernel args or video checkboxes. The imstt card
is -always- found and the driver -always- loaded. Most odd, I've
never seen this one before.

Reverting to 2.2.17-linux-pmac-stable fixes everything. Looks to me
like 2.2.18-linux-pmac-stable is undergoing serious under-the-hood
changes, at least for my hardware. It makes me pretty nervous. I
don't think I have the expertise to sleuth this, I just wanted to
post to the list in case the info helped anyone.

Stefan Jeglinski

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