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  1. #1

    Unable to change kernel after installing Suse 9.3 professional

    I am trying to change the default kernel that was installed by Suse 9.3 professional. The default kernel is I am changing it to 2.6.9. I downloaded this kernel from

    I succeeded in completing the build of the new kernel but while booting the system I get the following error message.

    Waiting for device /dev/hda2 --- It then goes into a shell and the boot fails.

    My steps to build the kernel are as follows:

    In the linux-2.6.9 directory:
    make mrproper
    make xconfig (I used the config file in the /boot directory and loaded that)
    make modules_install

    copied the file to /boot and called it
    copied the bzImage file from arch/i386/boot to /boot and called it vmlinuz-2.6.9

    Did the following in /boot directory
    /sbin/mkinitrd -k vmlinuz-2.6.9 -i initrd-2.6.9.img -d /etc/fstab

    Modified the menu.lst file in /boot/grub appropriately.

    When I go to boot it, get that message.

    PS: I was able to do the 2.6.10 kernel on the same machine. I even used the .config file from the 2.6.10 kernel.

    Any help will be appreciated.



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    Linux Guru loft306's Avatar
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    ???? why are you going back to an older kernel?
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    Same problem here (though I have it with 2.6.10 as well). I for one am going back to an older kernel, because I have a pc here with an Intel536EP modem. This baby don't work under 2.6.11 anymore, have tried everything I could find in the posts. There are working patches available for 2.6.10 and below though...

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    If you're still interested, here's a solution: did you by any chance upgrade from SuSE 9.2 to 9.3? I did, and I've found that the package mkinitrd wasn't upgraded. I upgraded it manually and now things are working fine!

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