[svlug] An FC5 horror story ...

Richard Sharpe rsharpe at richardsharpe.com
Sun Apr 2 16:17:14 PDT 2006


Yesterday, in a fit of capriciousness, I decided to upgrade my machine to 
FC5. I had the ISOs, and I had burned CDs, and 'yum install xyz' kept 
failing on the FC3 base I had ...

So, I installed. Then I had major problems. My DSL link would not come up. 
It seemed clear that it was not an SBC problem, but nothing I could do 
would bring it up.

Fortunately, I was in the process of switching to ComCast cable, so I had 
a link to the outside world. After lots of searching on google, and 
noticing some problems with eth0 timing out, and a number of reboots, and 
so forth, the solution was: add irqpoll to the kernel line in grub.conf.

It seems that there was a change in this area between 2.6.9 which I had 
been using, and 2.6.15 that FC5 uses.

Richard Sharpe, rsharpe[at]richardsharpe.com, rsharpe[at]samba.org,
sharpe[at]ethereal.com, http://www.richardsharpe.com

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