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    SubjectUpgrading Kernel kills X ...
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    Good morning,

    I have here a very weird situation which I'm hoping that someone can help me
    resolve. I'm running RedHat 9.0 on a Dell Poweredge 1600 server. Now the
    stock install of RedHat 9.0 gives me the 2.4.20-8(smp) kernels accordingly.
    Now if I run RedHat's up2date and pull a new kernel from there, I'm fine.

    Where I run into problems, is two fold and this is where it gets confusing.
    I have tried manually upgrading my kernel in a couple different ways. The
    first is that our company develops software for Linux (RedHat 7.3) and
    therefor, we have a custom kernel package that we install as an RPM. Works
    great on RedHat 7.3 with this Dell PE1600. The second method is installing
    kernel source and building it myself (2.4-20 as well as 2.6.0-test9). If I
    build and install a kernel myself or add our typical rpm kernel, my X server
    is toast. Someone told me to double check that I have framebuffer support
    turned on, so I did and that did not resolve the problem.

    This box has an ATI Rage XL onboard video card, which typically uses the ATI
    Mach64 driver. Life is good with RedHat 7.3. I can put our custom kernel
    on the box or build and install new kernels all day long with no problems.
    It's just that under RedHat 9.0, a non-RedHat kernel upgrade kills my
    Xserver. When it tries to start X, I get a signal 11. Also, if I connect
    to the machine from another host, set my display and try and run X with gdb
    attached, even though there is no debug compiled in, I can see that
    apperantly, X is dying in a function that looks like it's trying to probe
    the PCI bus.

    Any help would be great here. If I have to call someone and pay for
    support, just tell me who to call. I need to get this fixed, hopefully by
    the end of the day.

    Thanks, best regards,


    -brian

    Brian D. McGrew {brian@visionpro.com || brian@doubledimension.com }
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