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On Tue, 12 Dec 2006, Zhang Weiwu wrote:
> Then, again it seems all 2.6 serial kernel are marked by package.mask
> - sys-kernel/vanilla-sources-2.6.19 (masked by: package.mask)
> # Gustavo Zacarias <email@example.com>
> # We mask core 2.6 stuff to avoid bootstrap issues
> Do people on this list use 2.6 kernel?
Yes. My first guess is that /etc/make.profile on your system is pointing
to a kernel 2.4 profile (i.e.
/usr/portage/profiles/default-linux/sparc/sparc64/2006.0/2.4) If this is
the case, change it to point to something like
For 2.6 kernels, gentoo-sources is the suggested package as it will
contain fixes that vanilla-sources won't.
> I currently have two problems related to kernel that made me wish to try
> I. the RAID bus controller "VIA Technologies, Inc. VT6421 IDE RAID
> Controller" do not work even if all IDE controller drivers are
> compiled as module on 2.4.32-sparc-r2 sparc-sources kernel. I
> hope by installing new kernel there will be better driver
> support and thus is looking forward to install new kernel
2.6 has been better at handling non-Sun PCI devices than 2.4 was. I'd
suggest trying 2.6 to see if this resolves the issue.
> II. the keyboard sucks
What type of system are you using here? Blade 100, 150, 1000 or 2000
should work fine with USB input (since its the only input system on those
models). Make sure you have USB HID support enabled in the USB driver
section. Also, if you are using a USB keyboard in either 2.4 or 2.6, make
sure /etc/conf.d/keymaps uses an x86 style keymap (i.e. us) rather than
the default sunkeymap or another Sun keyboard specific keymap.
Gentoo/Sparc Team Co-Lead
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