My machine has a long, long history of problems. She's a monster. So when someone finally introduced me to Gentoo, I was excited to find a stable OS.
Having been in and out of repair for the past couple months, I've finally been able to update things. When I start X and run the "screen sudo emerge -u world" or "sudo emerge -u world" commands, the updates will run for about 45 minutes or so before X locks up (xmms skips, the lights on my keyboard flash) and I have to do a hard restart.
I thought maybe it was just too much stuff running at once, so after the reboot I didn't begin the update again. However, my machine locked up during the night, and I awoke to xmms skipping again... like a CD with Coke all over it.
I did another hard reboot, as there is no other way to restart the machine when she gets like this, and ran the update command without starting X. When I returned home about 9 hours later, the last line of text on the screen said "kernel panic: Aiee, killing interrupt handler! In interrupt handler- not syncing"
I'm using Gentoo, I'm running KDE, and typically the only things I have running are Mozilla, gAIM, XMMS, and possibly Open Office and a couple terminals.
I'm not truly 1337, but I can follow directions, and I have someone who helps me with maintenance and updates, but he doesn't know what this all means either. Would running a different WM help me?
First off, I would try booting a different kernel. It sounds like you either have a bad kernel image or incompatible kernel. It could also be that your current kernel doesn't like you. :wink:
Let us know if that fixes it. :?
yeah, I don't know what I did to get it running exactly, but I booted my test boot and ran the update, and it worked.