I haven’t post­ed any arti­cles on PCLin­ux­On­line over the past three weeks because I b0rked my Gen­too sys­tem. I upgrad­ed from glibc 2.2.5 to 2.3.1 and since then I haven’t been able to run cer­tain apps with­out wreck­ing every­thing else. I’ve detailed my prob­lem here and here. If any­one can help I’d much appre­ci­ate it.

At the moment I can run most apps, but things screw up when I load any part of KDE (includ­ing Kon­queror) or Evo­lu­tion. GTK+ (1 and 2) apps (apart from Evo­lu­tion) work fine.

Update [2003–03-07]: The prob­lem is with my Nvidia dri­vers:

Hi! I’m the guy who start­ed this thread. I final­ly man­aged to fix things by turn­ing off Grse­cu­ri­ty in my ker­nel. How­ev­er, a very sim­i­lar (but dif­fer­ent) prob­lem emerged a few months lat­er. It occurred around the time I upgrad­ed glibc to 2.3.1, so I ini­tial­ly thought glibc was to blame. After lots of exper­i­ment­ing with ker­nel con­figs, I dis­cov­ered that I could have a sta­ble sys­tem using Nvidia dri­vers if I turned high­mem off, sac­ri­fic­ing just over 100MB of RAM (I have 1GB total).

I then came across cig­a­rafi­cionado’s bug report and updat­ed nvidia-ker­nel ebuild. I com­piled a new ker­nel, this time turn­ing high­mem back on, and installed the new ebuild. The updat­ed ebuild had no effect — using the Nvidia dri­ver made my sys­tem unsta­ble like before.

My hard­ware seems fine. Memtest86 detects no errors in my RAM (2x Cor­sair XMS 512MB DDR333 SDRAM). My GeForce 3 Ti200 card works per­fect­ly in Win­dows and it worked per­fect­ly in Gen­too until Decem­ber, around the time I upgrad­ed to glibc 2.3.1. I can’t fig­ure out where the true prob­lem is, but I strong­ly sus­pect it lies with nvidia-ker­nel.

That’s what you get for rely­ing on bina­ry-only ker­nel mod­ules 🙁

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