Ubuntu Server and VIA C3 (particularly: Nemiah)

grandcross dcarter at entertain-me.com
Sun Mar 29 20:54:53 UTC 2009

This got 8.04 LTS working for me...

    * Install from CD
          o Notice that the reboot fails to load the kernel
    * Boot from CD and enter recover mode
          o Launch a shell on the root partition
          o apt-get install linux-image-2.6.24-19-generic. This replaces the
server kernel with one that will boot on the VIA processor.
          o Edit the grub menu.lst
                + Remove all the references to the server kernel
          o Remove all files ending in -server from the /boot directory.
This will prevent them from being accidentally added in future.
    * Reboot
    * Run apt-get remove linux-image-2.6.24-19-server. This will prevent
accidentally upgrading to a bad kernel.

Moritz Reiter-3 wrote:
> The -server Kernel in Ubuntu seems to have had problems with some VIA C3
> CPUs which do not support the "cmov" command for a long time, i.e. they
> didn't boot. That made it pretty hard to install Ubuntu Server on
> machines with those CPUs. I had that problem with 8.04 Server.
> At the launchpad site for the bug some people claim that this is fixed
> in Ubuntu 8.04.1 and 8.10 [1].
> My question: Has anyone successfully installed Ubuntu Server 8.04.1 or a
> current Beta of 8.10 on a VIA Nemiah based system?
> Thanks in advance!
> [1] https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/intrepid/+source/linux/+bug/254453
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