I'm hoping you can help me. I've got an AGP-2x based G4 that has been
running Ben H's "vmlinux.benh.15" pre-built kernel for some time now.
Everything works. Including my stock Apple USB keyboard & mouse. Now, I just
rsync'ed the "latest-pmac-stable" (i.e., 2.2.15pre7) from linuxcare.com.au.
I didn't apply any patches (should I?). I followed the building
1. make mrproper
2. make pmac_config
3. make menuconfig
Note: I only changed one thing (CONFIG_ALTIVEC=yes).
Moreover, I've tried these variations:
a. USB support = No (The way it came)
b. USB support = Yes (+ USB bus, keyboard, and mouse)
b. USB support = Module (+ USB bus, keyboard, and mouse)
4. make dep
5. make clean
6. make vmlinux
7. make modules
8. make modules_install
9. depmod -a 2.2.15pre7
Everything seems to go well (except when I do make mrproper, all goes well
to the end and then it gives me an error number 126???). Otherwise all other
steps seem to do fine.
When I reboot with the new kernel, System.map, modules, in their proper
location using BootX 1.2 one of two thing occur:
1. Everything goes well, except I see no mention of USB devices being found
(unlike Ben H's pre-built kernel) and when I'm finally at the prompt I can't
type anything (i.e., no keyboard nor mouse activity).
2. The system hangs just bootram info usually comes up. I've found that this
is fixed by either checking or unchecking the "No video driver" choice in
BootX. Note: That's right, if it's checked and the system hangs during boot
all I do is reboot, uncheck the box and all is well. And if it's not checked
and the system hangs during boot, all I do is reboot and check the box
(weird???) and all is fine. Except for I can use my keyboard nor mouse (And
"m not talking about problems in XWindows... My problems at the terminal).
Thanks for any suggestions, pointers, etc., in advance :-)
P.S. The Server Development Group, here at Apple in Cupertino, California,
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