View Full Version : Problems with installing 2.6.8-1 Debian Bin Kernel

09-15-2004, 11:05 AM
Hello list

I've got a fairly old Knoppix 3.3 HD-Install with 2.4.22.xfs Kernel but kept the system up-to-date with Debian unstable.

Now I'm trying to set up the Debian binary Kernel 2.6.8-1 out of apt. Every time I start the system with the 2.6.8-1 Kernel, after the kernel was loaded (the screen with lots of dots), the screen gets blank and stays blank until I restart the PC. The system isn't loading at all (HD stays inactive). I've got no other information, what could have gone wrong.

Does anyone know, what I missed?

Cheers and thanks in advance
- Ylz

Attached: Section of lilo.conf

# booting with deb kernel 2.6.8-1

09-15-2004, 09:42 PM
I haven't used lilo in ages. Try adding vga=0 and see if it boots then.

09-15-2004, 09:51 PM
mzilikazi is right. The problem is binary kernels from debian come with frame buffer disabled. So you need to remove "vga=791" from your "append" line in lilo. Or use Kano's kernel (http://kanotix.com/files/kernel/), works flawlessly for me, and supports FB...

09-17-2004, 12:35 PM
It does the same for me.

Has someone been able to run knoppix with a kernel get by ?

apt-get install kernel-image-2.6.8-1-686

09-17-2004, 08:45 PM
I did manage to use a debian kernel image with Knoppix 3.3 but as baldyeti said, it's easier with Kanos kernel. AFAIK Kanotix kernels don't work with Knoppix 3.4 though.
I messed around with kernel images last winter and IIRC I had to do something like:
cd /boot
mkinitrd -o linux-2.6.8.gz
And change the kernel line in lilo.conf to point to initrd=/boot/linux-2.6.8.gz

09-18-2004, 10:45 PM

At last I was able to boot into my 2.6.8-1-686 kernel, but I want to know if it is possible to enable framebuffer in this new kernel I have downloaded and installed.

Is it possible?


09-19-2004, 09:24 AM
Don't know if it's possible to enable something that's disabled in the kernel.
OTOH, if it's this much work to get a kernel image running you might as well compile one and have a smaller kernel as well.