For AMD, noapic still the most stable
Well, after running with pci=usepirqmask, I have found some instabilities... Only before X loads (i.e. on fsck, I have seen a lockup, and one other time sorta random on load..) Once up, ie. gdm loaded, the instability seems to be gone. This is not good enough for me, so I am back to the 'noapic' boot with useless USB2. This of course is only for the AMD/nForce chipsets.
I sucessfully rebuilt my 9631 nvidia packages with Xen patches, but the pci=usepirqmask seems to foil loading of the nvidia module, and the noapic causes a Xen boot to stop Dom0 on the SATA driver..
Hope to have this Xen+nvidia 7600 on dv9000 solved by the end of the holiday.. looks like I am hitting the limitations of working with available debian packages and may have to try building some more cutting edge stuff from source (nvidia >9631, Xen>3.03, kernel >2.6.18) ....
How does Gentoo fork help with apic issue?
I am interested in any fixes that apply to the apic issue. Perhaps you could post your dmesg for comparison. I did a make-kpkg on 2.6.20-rc2 and 22.214.171.124 with no change using noapic. Without noapic or loading X, I could get the 126.96.36.199 to get stuck after a few reboots.
Seems like a plug, so I'd better do a quick comparison on Sabayon:
- requires emerge / build, so I'd be running my cpu 24/7 on my laptop to try to keep up with new software (assuming daily builds are anything close to what comes out of Debian daily binary releases)
- Sabayon 3.0's nvidia is older (9625)
- Xen Linux system support?
- Debian's had 2.6.18 kicking around since Sept
I might give it a whirl in a Xen domU on my Sid box here when I get some time.. It's on the 'distro list'. Could be interesting..
Debain Etch Mostly Stable!
Well I must say the progress of this laptop is comming along very well in the linux world. With Debian Etch's default kernel, 188.8.131.52, i'v had no hardlocks whatsoever. Have had no need in kernel parameters for it either!
Although I have not gotten a chance to test it with both the non-free nvidia kernel module and ndiswrapper running yet, I'v loaded the module and ran it for hours, not one hickup. The MMC Card reader also works under this kernel. The only hardware that I have found not to work on here so far is the headphone jack. Has anyone else got it working?