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    SubjectKernels 2.2.19-2.4.x. Why why why?
    Dear Alan,

    I'm writing to You because of my problem with kernels > 2.2.17.
    This kernel is the last that works on my machine. I've tried almost
    all, including 2.3.x and 2.5.x, but they simple don't work. After
    compilation and reboot system starts as usual, but after few minutes,
    when I'm trying to switch to different console, all freezes. On some
    kernels I saw message like "timeout: AT keyborad not present?". But
    the keyboard is on the right place. Usually there is no error/warning
    messages at all (so I don't have any debug info). I've included my
    dmesg (from 2.2.17) and interrupts. My hardware:

    PROC: p200MMX
    MB: pc chips, SiS, tx-pro m570(v12), apg, 1MB L2 cache, onboard soundpro
    MEM: 64MB sdram
    GFX: diamond viper v330 agp (4mb)
    NIC: realtek8139 (D-Link NetEasy)
    HDD: 2x3.2GB (samsung & seagate, both udma33)

    The stranges thing is that I have other 2 OS's on this machine:
    FreeBSD 4.5 and Windows98SE, and they works correctly and pretty
    stable. Why Linux doesn't work? The main question is: what was
    changed in kernel from version 2.2.17 to 2.2.19? Is there any
    critical changes? I asked a lot of people, but they couldn't help
    (in 99% the answer was: upgrade/check your hardware...). So I've
    decided to write to You, the most known kernel hacker. If You won't
    give me any answer, I'll probably just buy a new computer...
    Thank You for interesting in my problem. :) And sorry for my fatal
    english. I'm waiting for Your reply.

    Best regards,

    Eugenij 'dino' Butusov |
    Linux version 2.2.17 ( (gcc version 2.95.3 19991030 (prerelease)) #2 sob lut 23 00:41:31 CET 2002
    Detected 200456 kHz processor.
    Console: colour VGA+ 80x25
    Calibrating delay loop... 399.77 BogoMIPS
    Memory: 62948k/65536k available (992k kernel code, 412k reserved, 1068k data, 116k init, 0k bigmem)
    Dentry hash table entries: 8192 (order 4, 64k)
    Buffer cache hash table entries: 65536 (order 6, 256k)
    Page cache hash table entries: 16384 (order 4, 64k)
    VFS: Diskquotas version dquot_6.4.0 initialized
    CPU: Intel Pentium MMX stepping 03
    Checking 386/387 coupling... OK, FPU using exception 16 error reporting.
    Checking 'hlt' instruction... OK.
    Intel Pentium with F0 0F bug - workaround enabled.
    POSIX conformance testing by UNIFIX
    PCI: PCI BIOS revision 2.10 entry at 0xfdb61, last bus=1
    PCI: Using configuration type 1
    PCI: Probing PCI hardware
    Linux NET4.0 for Linux 2.2
    Based upon Swansea University Computer Society NET3.039
    NET4: Unix domain sockets 1.0 for Linux NET4.0.
    NET4: Linux TCP/IP 1.0 for NET4.0
    IP Protocols: ICMP, UDP, TCP, IGMP
    TCP: Hash tables configured (ehash 65536 bhash 65536)
    Initializing RT netlink socket
    Starting kswapd v 1.5
    Detected PS/2 Mouse Port.
    Serial driver version 4.27 with MANY_PORTS MULTIPORT SHARE_IRQ enabled
    ttyS00 at 0x03f8 (irq = 4) is a 16550A
    ttyS01 at 0x02f8 (irq = 3) is a 16550A
    pty: 256 Unix98 ptys configured
    Real Time Clock Driver v1.09
    RAM disk driver initialized: 16 RAM disks of 4096K size
    Uniform Multi-Platform E-IDE driver Revision: 6.30
    ide: Assuming 33MHz system bus speed for PIO modes; override with idebus=xx
    SIS5513: IDE controller on PCI bus 00 dev 01
    SIS5513: chipset revision 208
    SIS5513: not 100% native mode: will probe irqs later
    ide0: BM-DMA at 0x4000-0x4007, BIOS settings: hda:pio, hdb:pio
    ide1: BM-DMA at 0x4008-0x400f, BIOS settings: hdc:pio, hdd:pio
    hda: SAMSUNG WU33205A (3.2GB), ATA DISK drive
    hdc: ST33221A, ATA DISK drive
    hdd: CRD-8320B, ATAPI CDROM drive
    ide0 at 0x1f0-0x1f7,0x3f6 on irq 14
    ide1 at 0x170-0x177,0x376 on irq 15
    hda: SAMSUNG WU33205A (3.2GB), 3090MB w/109kB Cache, CHS=785/128/63, UDMA(33)
    hdc: ST33221A, 3077MB w/128kB Cache, CHS=6253/16/63, UDMA(33)
    hdd: ATAPI 32X CD-ROM drive, 128kB Cache, DMA
    Uniform CD-ROM driver Revision: 3.11
    Floppy drive(s): fd0 is 1.44M
    FDC 0 is a post-1991 82077
    md driver 0.90.0 MAX_MD_DEVS=256, MAX_REAL=12
    raid5: measuring checksumming speed
    raid5: MMX detected, trying high-speed MMX checksum routines
    pII_mmx : 307.467 MB/sec
    p5_mmx : 360.807 MB/sec
    8regs : 218.313 MB/sec
    32regs : 172.212 MB/sec
    using fastest function: p5_mmx (360.807 MB/sec)
    md.c: sizeof(mdp_super_t) = 4096
    Partition check:
    hda: hda1 hda2 < hda5 > hda3! < hda6 hda7 >
    hdc: [PTBL] [781/128/63] hdc1 hdc2 < hdc5 >
    autodetecting RAID arrays
    autorun ...
    ... autorun DONE.
    VFS: Mounted root (ext2 filesystem) readonly.
    Freeing unused kernel memory: 116k freed
    Adding Swap: 133016k swap-space (priority -1)
    rtl8139.c:v1.07 5/6/99 Donald Becker
    eth0: RealTek RTL8139 Fast Ethernet at 0xdc00, IRQ 11, 00:50:ba:5d:37:4c.
    parport0: PC-style at 0x378 [SPP,PS2,EPP]
    parport_probe: succeeded
    parport0: Printer, HEWLETT-PACKARD DESKJET 720C
    lp0: using parport0 (polling).
    0: 217772 XT-PIC timer
    1: 18072 XT-PIC keyboard
    2: 0 XT-PIC cascade
    8: 1 XT-PIC rtc
    11: 2972 XT-PIC eth0
    12: 7948 XT-PIC PS/2 Mouse
    13: 0 XT-PIC fpu
    14: 19 XT-PIC ide0
    15: 5374 XT-PIC ide1
    NMI: 0
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