kernel issues.

Martijn van Oosterhout kleptog at
Sun Sep 8 19:41:12 EST 2002

Looks like a problem with the co-processor. Have you set the CPU type to 386
and compiled in math-emulation?

On Sun, Sep 08, 2002 at 06:16:30PM +1000, Andrew wrote:
> Hi All,
>            I am doing a favour for a friend - setting up a ftp server 
> for him.  Obviously I am using Linux for stability and security (and $$$ 
> factor as well...).    The hardware he is using is a 'mini-pc' - 
> something about 20-25cm long, 14cm wide, and 10cm high (pretty small) 
> it's running a 300Mhz Cyrix Geode cpu (well, that is what the bios 
> says/kernel says on startup).  I installed the OS to the HDD (laptop 
> sytle small ide connectors) - on my normal desktop machine...this worked 
> well.  I then transfered the HDD to the small computer - booted - LILO 
> came up fine, but early on into the kernel boot - I get the following 
> message...
> "checking 386/387 coupling.....invalid operand 0000"
> eventually it comes up with "387 failed - trying to reset"
> I built some kernels with differening CPU support (cyrix III, 586... 
> etc) - but all give the same message :(
> Does anyone know where I can get a pre-compiled kernel that solves my 
> problems? or can suggest another solution?
> I asked my friend google, but couldn't find anything specific to this :)
> Thanks,
>              Andrew.

Martijn van Oosterhout   <kleptog at>
> There are 10 kinds of people in the world, those that can do binary
> arithmetic and those that can't.

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