Core 1 hangs on booting at Freeing unused kernel memory

Ron Goulard foz at
Sat May 8 07:17:21 UTC 2004

On Sat, 2004-05-08 at 02:50, David Woakes wrote:
>  >> I have Core 1 working quite happily on a Via Epia-M 10000 Nemehiah
>  >> motherboard and I intend to replace the system with one based on a Via
>  >> Epia-M 6000 Motherboard.
>  >>
>  >> I have transferred the memory from the original PC and the hard drive.
>  >> After changing to an i586 kernel it boots and gets as far as the
>  >> "Freeing unused kernel memory: 124k freed" and then the system hangs.
>  >I have some Epia 5000 Eden (fanless) series boards here and they've all
>  >come up as i686 kernels during the install. (I haven't checked, but I'm
>  >assuming the 6k series is newer and should be i686 as well)
>  >I don't know for sure, but that might be the problem.
>  >Ron
> I tried booting with the kernel installed for the Neremiah board, but 
> that just rebooted immediately with no traces (I'm pretty sure it was an 
> i686 kernel).
> I've put some traces in linuxrc (in the initrd image) and i know that 
> script is finishing.  I believe the next step is init should be called.
> I'm rather curious about the lack of messages in /var/log/messages, I 
> thought there should be some...

Going through dmesg here on the boards I've got (not the same as yours,
so there may be differences, but this part of the boot process should be
pretty universal), I get this...

Freeing initrd memory: 158k freed
VFS: Mounted root (ext2 filesystem).
Journalled Block Device driver loaded
kjournald starting.  Commit interval 5 seconds
EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
Freeing unused kernel memory: 120k freed
usb.c: registered new driver usbdevfs
usb.c: registered new driver hub
usb-uhci.c: $Revision: 1.275 $ time 08:32:07 Dec  1 2003
usb-uhci.c: High bandwidth mode enabled
usb-uhci.c: USB UHCI at I/O 0xd400, IRQ 5
usb-uhci.c: Detected 2 ports

Perhaps its the usb subsystem that's not being initialized quite right? 
Try turning it off in the bios if it's not required for what you're
doing.  That may help in troubleshooting the problem.

You may want to look at /var/log/boot.log and dmesg to try to figure out
what's happening (or not happening as the case may be).

I know I've found a couple oddities with these boards (some of the
hardware is just that little tiny bit off of standard which made for
some head scratching), but for the most part, they work quite nicely and
as advertised.


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