Problems of Compiling Kernel with linux-2.4.27 and linux-2.6.17 for PowerPC405EP Board

Jerry Van Baren gerald.vanbaren at
Wed Jul 12 23:49:38 EST 2006

Zhou Rui wrote:
> Hi,
> Yesterday I tried to compile kernel with linux-2.4.27 and linux-2.6.17 
> for PowerPC405EP board. Both of the kernel images were created 
> successfully, but when I tested them in ram from u-boot with NFS used. 
> Both of the images could not booted from ram. The two kernel .config 
> files are attached.
> For the 2.4.27 kernel, after running bootm in u-boot and "Uncompressing 
> Kernel Image ... OK" printed on the screen. There are
> "vector: 200 at pc = c0197d4c, lr = c0197d40
> msr = 1030, sp = c0181fb0 [c0181f00]
> current = c0180020, pid = 0, comm = swapper
> mon>".
> It seemd the booting process had entered a monitor, but I didn't know 
> what it was.
> For the 2.6.17 kernel, after running bootm in u-boot, the booting 
> process stops at "Uncompressing Kernel Image ... OK". No other output 
> after this sentence on the screen.
> Would you like to give some advice about this? Thanks a lot.
> Zhou Rui
> Distributed & Embedded System Lab
> School of Information Science & Engineering
> Lanzhou University, P. R. China

Exception 200 is "Machine Check".  If you are getting this on linux
start up it is usually due to a double bus fault which is usually due to
a memory map problem.  Silent boot failures are also often caused by
memory map problems... switching from physical memory mapping to virtual
(turning on the MMU).


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