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#1 2006-10-31 15:10:05

rasat
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kernel panic (solved) --> VIA chip M/Board

I am using a custom kernel but once in awhile I tried getting the official kernel (2.6.18.x) to work with mkinitcpio but no success. I tried all hints posted in forum related to "kernel panic". The error was always same:

EIP:[<c024b42d>] acpi_hw_level_read +0x7/0Na SS:ESP 0068:c14a1f58
<0> Kernel panic - not syncing : Attempted to kill init!

When having the same error with Kubuntu's live CD (2.6.17-10) I concluded the problem is in M/Board. Earlier in the forum (read below) was mentioned Linux doesn't support properly VIA based chipset. I changed to Intel 815E. Now the booting works fine with deafult mkinitcpio setting. Also sound is working, which didn't do with VIA chipset in Arch (but in Kubuntu).

iphitus wrote:

You made the terrible mistake of getting a Via based chipset. When buying my computer, Con Kolivas advised that I stay away from them like the plague as under linux, and in general, you get a lot of unusual problems like what you have mentioned.

Ended up with an intel chipset which runs perrrrfectly.


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#2 2006-10-31 16:38:50

phrakture
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Re: kernel panic (solved) --> VIA chip M/Board

Good to know.  Thanks for figuring this out - would you mind adding some info to the Mkinitcpio wiki page?

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#3 2006-10-31 20:18:48

Lone_Wolf
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Re: kernel panic (solved) --> VIA chip M/Board

let's see :
Via KT266A on Asus mobo with athlon XP 1800 approx a year

VIA KT444 (i think) on AOpen Mobo with athlon xp 2600 - 5 months

VIA KT800 on Asus S939 Mobo with Athlon 64 - 3 months

All 3 systems are running archlinux (lastest version) without any problems

Note : all 3 systems use the via82cxxx module


Disliking systemd intensely, but not satisfied with alternatives so focusing on taming systemd.


(A works at time B)  && (time C > time B ) ≠  (A works at time C)

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#4 2006-10-31 22:46:19

T-Dawg
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Re: kernel panic (solved) --> VIA chip M/Board

Same setup as Lone_Wolf here had no trouble what so ever.

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#5 2006-11-01 02:28:31

rasat
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Re: kernel panic (solved) --> VIA chip M/Board

If possible, try VIA chipset with Pentium or Celeron. To know if VIA is related to the processor. I was using VIA PM8M-V with Pentium 4.

iphitus quote copied from here:
http://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?t=21209


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