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Old 28th November 2010, 09:07 PM
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Dell XPS m1340 & 2.6.34/35 kernels

I have F13 and F14 running quite well over several machines both desktops and laptops except for my Dell XPS 13 (m1340). Neither the 2.6.34 nor the 2.6.35 kernels are booting on this machine. After quite a bit of experimentation, I'm getting frustrated.
This laptop runs F13 and F14 quite well with the F13 2.6.33 kernel. In fact, it was the perfect distro for this machine, up until the 2.6.34 kernel came out. Some errors point to nouveau and others don't, probably because the laptop has dual Nvidia cards set up in some sort of SLI configuration. The graphic specs for the machine follow:
[GoinEasy9@fedora13xps13 ~]$ inxi -G
Graphics: Card-1 nVidia G98 [GeForce 9200M GS] Card-2 nVidia C79 [GeForce 9400M G] Fedora X.org 1.9.1 Res: 1280x800@59.9hz
GLX Renderer Gallium 0.4 on NVAC GLX Version 2.1 Mesa 7.9

Question 1) Does anyone else have this laptop with the dual Nvidia cards and are able to boot with either the 2.6.34 or the 2.6.35 kernels?
Question 2) I have just heard that some sort of support for Nvidia SLI was incorporated into the 2.6.34 kernel. Does anyone know of a grub/boot cheat code that would turn off this support?

I originally filed a bugzilla back when the first 2.6.34 kernel hit F13:
Since I was able to get the first 2.6.35 kernel from F14 to boot (this was the first 2.6.35 kernel without debugging) we closed that bug. I thought just eventually upgrading to F14 would solve the problem. But it didn't. Instead of the nouveau messages from that bugzilla, I'm now getting a "EDD (off to disable)" message, and, when I remove rhgb from the boot line I see the boot hanging on "RPC idmapd".
I've tried all sorts of boot options including xserver=vesa hoping to allow these kernels to boot with no luck. I'm putting together another bugzilla entry, but, was hoping that someone could give me a hint or possibly see something that I'm missing in the meantime.

Thanks in Advance.
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