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Re: [SLE] SuSe 8.0 kernel crashes on swapping(?)
  • From: Tom Wesley <tawesley@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Apr 2002 15:18:57 +0100
  • Message-id: <200204211518.59672.tawesley@xxxxxxxxx>
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On Sunday 21 April 2002 09:19, Graham Murray wrote:
> I have just had a painful experience upgrading from 7.3 to 8.0. I
> took the opportunity to upgrade my HD at the same time - so I
> archived off /etc, /home etc to tape and did a new install to the new
> disk. All went well for a while, but as soon as I started to try and
> actually do anything, the PC hung solid with the Caps Lock & Scroll
> Lock lights flashing on the keyboard and the Disk light on
> permanently. A few iterations (and many hours) later, I worked out
> that the points it was crashing were about the time I would expect it
> to start swapping, and knowing that one of the kernel hackers who
> works for SuSe is making changes to the VM system, I thought that
> maybe the SuSe kernel (kernel_dflt) had some "tweaks" to the VM
> system which my system did not like. So I disabled swapping and built
> & installed the 2.4.19-pre7 "stock" kernel (which is what I was using
> on 7.3) and have had no problems since.
>
> My system is a PIII 600MHz, Intel i820 chipset, 256M RAM.

There certainly are things in the SuSE kernel that some system do not like. I
have had problems with sound in particular. Therefore, I have always
preffered to build my own anyway - never many problems with them.

Tom
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