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uncle sam wrote: > Have RH8, with 2.4.14 and 2.4.18 kernels it runs very stable. But when I > upgraded with up2date to 2.4.20 it won't boot. Same with another, newer > version of 2.4.20. > In the boot it detects hard drive, and then comes message: > spurious interrupt 8259 IRQ7 > after that only hw reset works. > with the newer 2.4.20 there comes two lines: > spurious interrupt 8259 IRQ7 > spurious interrupt 8259 IRQ15 > then again freeze. > Also had same freeze with MDK 9.1, propably same kernel bug? > > AMD K6-400, Asus P55T2P4, ...

  1. #1

    Default Re: What is wrong with kernel 2.4.20 ?

    uncle sam wrote:
    > Have RH8, with 2.4.14 and 2.4.18 kernels it runs very stable. But when I
    > upgraded with up2date to 2.4.20 it won't boot. Same with another, newer
    > version of 2.4.20.
    > In the boot it detects hard drive, and then comes message:
    > spurious interrupt 8259 IRQ7
    > after that only hw reset works.
    > with the newer 2.4.20 there comes two lines:
    > spurious interrupt 8259 IRQ7
    > spurious interrupt 8259 IRQ15
    > then again freeze.
    > Also had same freeze with MDK 9.1, propably same kernel bug?
    >
    > AMD K6-400, Asus P55T2P4, 128Mb, HP8100, IBM GXP75, Matrox Millenium2,
    > 3Com509C, Hauppauge BT878, ESS 1869 sound.
    >
    > How to make these new kernels work??
    > Or should I stay with the old one, without updating?
    >
    The 2.4.20-20.7 kernel from Red Hat, as well as the all the ones before,
    starting with whatever is on the R.H.L. 7.3 distribution disk, have all
    worked with no problems on my machine.

    I have two Pentium-III 550MHz processors,
    two Quantum (Maxtor) Atlas 10000 hard drives
    512 MB ram
    Matrox G200 video board
    LSILogic SCSI adapter cards
    NEC FE700 monitor
    USRobotics modem
    Cheap Soundblaster audio card.

    --
    .~. Jean-David Beyer Registered Linux User 85642.
    /V\ Registered Machine 73926.
    /( )\ Shrewsbury, New Jersey [url]http://counter.li.org[/url]
    ^^-^^ 8:25am up 17:54, 2 users, load average: 2.11, 2.23, 2.19

    Jean-David Beyer Guest

  2. #2

    Default Re: What is wrong with kernel 2.4.20 ?

    uncle sam wrote:
    > Have RH8, with 2.4.14 and 2.4.18 kernels it runs very stable. But when I
    > upgraded with up2date to 2.4.20 it won't boot. Same with another, newer
    > version of 2.4.20.
    > In the boot it detects hard drive, and then comes message:
    > spurious interrupt 8259 IRQ7
    > after that only hw reset works.
    > with the newer 2.4.20 there comes two lines:
    > spurious interrupt 8259 IRQ7
    > spurious interrupt 8259 IRQ15
    > then again freeze.
    > Also had same freeze with MDK 9.1, propably same kernel bug?
    >
    > AMD K6-400, Asus P55T2P4, 128Mb, HP8100, IBM GXP75, Matrox Millenium2,
    > 3Com509C, Hauppauge BT878, ESS 1869 sound.
    >
    > How to make these new kernels work??
    > Or should I stay with the old one, without updating?
    >
    Sounds more like the newer kernel doesn't like something about your
    hardware. Typically IRQ7 is the printer port and IRQ15 is the secondary
    IDE controller. The 8259 is the IRQ controller chip.

    You could try playing with the BIOS settings for those functions or (if
    you feel adventurous) maybe rebuilding the kernel rpm with different
    settings to try to disable things that could be causing the problem.

    FWIW, I've got a box with a similar (but different) problem. It's a
    low-use machine on a very protected network, so I'm not *too* worried
    that I can't upgrade it. You get to make your own decisions, though.

    Allen Kistler Guest

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    Default Re: What is wrong with kernel 2.4.20 ?

    > Sounds more like the newer kernel doesn't like something about your
    > hardware. Typically IRQ7 is the printer port and IRQ15 is the secondary
    > IDE controller. The 8259 is the IRQ controller chip.
    >
    > You could try playing with the BIOS settings for those functions or (if
    > you feel adventurous) maybe rebuilding the kernel rpm with different
    > settings to try to disable things that could be causing the problem.
    I have tried with several different hw parts, but same problem persist.
    Tried earlier: Shuttle mb, AMD K-6-233, ATI Mach64. Basicly the IBM
    GXP75 hd and 3Com network card are only things that have been present
    all the time.
    Still strange...

    uncle sam Guest

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