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Re: [opensuse] different wierd boot-up problem (ignore previous)
  • From: Alexander Osthof <aosthof@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2007 18:46:06 +0100
  • Message-id: <200702141846.24644.aosthof@xxxxxxx>
Am Mittwoch, 14. Februar 2007 18:33 schrieb Dennis J. Tuchler:
> Alexander Osthof wrote:
> >> Alexander Osthof wrote:
> >>>> I run SuSE 10.2 together with MS Windows. The boot menu had OpenSUSE
> >>>> 10.2 as the default, then Windows and then OpenSuSE failsafe.
> >>>>
> >>>> After installing
> >>>> some files from madwifi, including three kernel files, have two new
> >>>> entries on the boot menu:
> >>>
> >>> First of all, I don't think madwifi requires to install those 2 new
> >>> kernels. Who or what told you to install those kernels?
> >>
> >> They were in the relevant directory and I could find no instructions or
> >> advice as to what to load and what not to load. I knew that one of the
> >> kernel patches had to be installed, but had no idea as to what the
> >> availability of the other kernel variants contributed. Indeed, I wrote
> >> to a listserv (or was it a newsgroup?) asking just this question, and
> >> received no answer.
> >>
> >>>> Kernel 2.6.18.2-34-bigsmp
> >>>
> >>> Some people are confused by the differences between the SMP and BIGSMP
> >>> kernels included in SUSE Linux, and which one to use for their system.
> >>> A quick look at the build configuration for both kernels shows several
> >>> differences, but the most significant involves the supported amount of
> >>> RAM and number of CPUs.
> >>>
> >>> The SMP kernel contains the following parameters:
> >>>
> >>> CONFIG_HIGHMEM4G=y
> >>> CONFIG_NR_CPUS=32
> >>>
> >>> ==> Thus allowing a maximum of 4G RAM and 32 processors.
> >>>
> >>> The BIGSMP kernel, however, has these:
> >>>
> >>> CONFIG_HIGHMEM64G=y
> >>> CONFIG_NR_CPUS=128
> >>>
> >>> Enabling support for 64G memory and 128 processors.
> >>>
> >>> ==> If a system has either more than 4G RAM or more than 32 processors,
> >>> the BIGSMP kernel must be used to fully utilize the system.
> >>
> >> The system would not boot on the bigsmp kernel, but selecting it only
> >> caused the computer to reboot back to the system-selection screen
> >
> > Jep, that's right. Since I assume you are running a 32bit system with
> > less than 4GB of RAM you won't need and must not use a bigsmp kernel.
> > Your (installed) kernel-default is the one you want to use.
> >
> > If there are patches you have to apply, then download or install the
> > sources of the kernel-default and apply the required patches on those
> > sources. Then build and install this (modified) kernel.
> >
> > In your case, just deinstall those 2 wrong kernels (bigsmp and xen) by
> > typing
> >
> > "rpm -e kernel-bigsmp"
> > and
> > "rpm -e kernel-xen"
> >
> > if you have installed them with rpm or yast.
>
> After installing madwifi using Yast, I got an update message from my in
> Zen icon at the lower right part of the screen (KDE). Delighted that it
> was finally doing something (I had found updates using Yast that weren't
> noted by Zen), I told Zen to go ahead and correct things. I may have
> complicated matters a mite. When I did as you suggested, I got error
> messages:
>
> # rpm -e kernel-xen
> error: Failed dependencies:
> kernel(vmlinux) = 44ebeb27f25f7b59 is needed by (installed)
> madwifi-kmp-xen-0.9.2.1_2.6.18.2_34-0.1.i586
> kernel(vmlinux) = 93376bd16ab33bbc is needed by (installed)
> madwifi-kmp-xenpae-0.9.2.1_2.6.18.2_34-0.1.i586
> kernel-xen is needed by (installed)
> madwifi-kmp-xen-0.9.2.1_2.6.18.2_34-0.1.i586
>
> #rpm -e kernel-bigsmp
> error: Failed dependencies:
> kernel(vmlinux) = bb95ba9d667bafff is needed by (installed)
> madwifi-kmp-bigsmp-0.9.2.1_2.6.18.2_34-0.1.i586
> kernel(vmlinux) = 93376bd16ab33bbc is needed by (installed)
> madwifi-kmp-xenpae-0.9.2.1_2.6.18.2_34-0.1.i586
> kernel-bigsmp is needed by (installed)
> madwifi-kmp-bigsmp-0.9.2.1_2.6.18.2_34-0.1.i586
>
>
> So, do I just leave the tangle as is?

Nope, now I see your problem: You fetched the wrong package of madwifi. Those
you fetched are for xen and bigsmp kernels. Therefore those 2 kernel are in
dependancy with the madwifi package. Thus, deinstall the madwifi packages
first, then the 2 wrong kernels.

What you need is a package for kernel-default (e.g. madwifi &
madwifi-kmp-default). Take a look at the openSUSE 10.2 DVD - if available -
or the online sources of opensuse (download.opensuse.org).

> > If there are any questions left, feel free to ask.
>
> I probably will when I get my new WiFi card and try to install it :|
>
>
> --
> Best regards,
>
> Dennis J. Tuchler
> 7330 Kingsbury Boulevard
> University City, Missouri 63130

cu :)
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