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SubjectRe: 2.4.6-preX, 2.4.6...
Joshua writes:
> I have not located exactly [in which patch] the problem began, but if
> try to boot w/2.4.6-preX - 2.4.6, the video goes away. And then it
> seems to lock up the computer. At first I had APGART + DRI + MatroxFB.
> So I removed the FB drivers, and tried again. Same problems. So I
> modularized Agpart, and DRI, [I need them for my X config]. No Change.
> Almost immediatly after 'Uncompressing Linux.....' I see a rush of
> the text across the screen, and then the screen flashes, and blinks, and
> then nothing. I do not even have a chance to see anything at all.

It _sounds_ like an X server problem (screen flashing, going blank). Do
you have another machine available to see if the computer is still alive
(via ping, telnet, ssh, etc), or a serial console?

You could try setting your runlevel to 3 in /etc/inittab, or booting with
"single" on the kernel command line to avoid starting X right away at boot.
If the system boots to single user mode, then it is X that is the problem
(or at least a bad interaction between X and your kernel).

> I can't tell what's locking up, I tried a SysRQ, but got nothing. No
> screen. *sigh* I am not equiped to do this over a serial or parallel
> port. I was hoping that someone would have a clue.

When you say SysRQ, does this include SysRQ-B for rebooting? If so, that
may indicate a total lockup.

Cheers, Andreas
Andreas Dilger \ "If a man ate a pound of pasta and a pound of antipasto,
\ would they cancel out, leaving him still hungry?" -- Dogbert
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