Vostro 3500 Issues with new .32 version

  • I was reluctant to upgrade FOG from .30 because everything was working great for me. I bit the bullet and did an upgrade this year and have been having handful of issues. The main issue I am having is with the Dell Vostro 3500 laptops. Everytime I try to image this style laptop I get local_softirq_pending 08 errors and my process crashes/reboots or just hangs. I have been trying many things from swapping back to the .29 init.gz file tried the .30 init.gz file. I have been trying older kernels and I can’t solve this issue and I cannot image any of these laptops anymore.

    Has anyone seen this before or offer me any advice as to how to fix it. I am not well versed in linux but given commands to run I can make that happen.


  • I don’t have a site, but the FOG Wiki’s pages do have a method of you creating them. It’s really simple though.

    Download the kernel.

    Untar/extract the kernel source

    Copy the configuration file (either from your fog installation, or you can use mine.) [url]https://mastacontrola.com/fogboot/kernel/TomElliott.config[/url]

    cd into the unextraced folder:
    cd linux-<version>

    Copy the configuration file as (note the period before the file name) -> .config within the linux-<version> directory.

    Run the command:
    make ARCH=i386 menuconfig
    Make any changes you need, or just exit and save the configuration.
    Then once complete run:

    make ARCH=i386 bzImage

    Once it’s done building copy the bzImage file to your /tftpboot/fog/kernel directory, also create a copy of the original for backup if you made a mistake:

    cp /tftpboot/fog/kernel/bzImage /tftpboot/fog/kernel/bzImage.original

    cp arch/x86/boot/bzimage /tftpboot/fog/kernel/

    You should be set.

    Also, here’s the link for the wiki:

  • I am generally ok. I can google my way to what I need. Its just hard navigating directories so I leave my terminal up in a spot thats got me to where I need to be to make the changes. The kernel you had was clean and no extra garbage on the screen during boot up. Do you by chance have a good site I could check out to learn about creating my own kernels so that I can customize them for our set of Dells?

    Thanks again for the help

  • If you need assistance with commands, let me know. I can be of assistance.

  • Awesome,

    Glad I could help.

  • You are the man Tom. It went through the whole process without local_softirq_pending 08 error and crashing. I don’t know much about linux so I was just happy to get the file in the right directory. Still rebooting but I think I am in business

  • It sounds like an issue with drivers. I’ve heard of some having success with different kernels. I have a very small kernel that might just fit the bill. It can be downloaded at: [url]https://mastacontrola.com/fogboot/kernel/bzImage[/url]

    I don’t know if it has all the drivers for your particular system, and if it doesn’t just let me know and I’ll build a specialized kernel for you. Just tell me what hardware (driver types) you need and I’ll make it happen.