[sf-lug] rescue disk for thinkpad 1400
rick at linuxmafia.com
Mon Oct 22 11:58:37 PDT 2007
Quoting Alex Kleider (a_kleider at yahoo.com):
> I've been struggling trying to get a rescue or maintenance CD to boot
> on the ThinkPad without much success. DamnSmallLinux's fdisk command
> doesn't work as I've already described to you. Sidux (your favourite)
> tells me: PANIC: CPU too old for this kernel.
I gather that you'll need a boot kernel with i386/i486/i586 (pick one)
optimisation, and that the Sidux default kernel has i686 optimisation.
This is a problem you're likely to face increasingly, I'm afraid.
> Since it's a 2.6 kernel I began searching for rescue CD's with a 2.4
No, that's not it. It's CPU optimisation. Your ThinkPad's CPU is
pre-Pentium Pro (686).
> Do you think this problem will go away with more memeory?
No. A _different_ problem will go away with more memory. ;->
> If the 2.6 kernel really won't work with this processor perhaps I'm
> fighting a losing battle.
You've diagnosed your problem incorrectly.
i686-compiled kernels aren't going to run on a machine that old.
(You'd be facing the same problem if you had a K6 CPU, by the way.)
Either a 2.6 or 2.4 kernel will work if compile for the i586 instruction
set. Neither will work if compiled for the i686 instruction set. See
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