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GNU/Linux Desktop Survival Guide
by Graham Williams
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Troubleshooting


DHCP fails to get an address - boot with no network for now. I need to debug why DHCP is not returning? I set up NAT so it should be okay. Have a look in the log file.

At first, with a MS/Windows XP Professional boot CD loaded, it was not recognised. In VM->Removable Devices->ide 1:0->Edit, turn on Legacy to be able to boot from the CD. Perhaps this is an issue with kernel 2.6.7.

A reported problem (that seems to have now been fixed) has been with vmmon and vmnet modules that won't build against recent 2.6.x kernels. You can download the fix from ftp://platan.vc.cvut.cz/pub/vmware(look for vmware-any-any-update*.tar.gz). There are also some instructions on how to fix it at http://thomer.com/linux/migrate-to-2.6.html.

Thomas Laubrock reported (23 October 2006) that we might not be able to compile the kernel modules because of a different gcc version. This is typically because old versions are present on the system. This might be solved with the following:



# cd /usr/bin/
# ls -al gcc
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 7 2006-10-22 15:56 gcc -> gcc-4.1
# rm gcc
# ln -s gcc-4.0 gcc
# ls -al gcc
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 7 2006-10-23 10:11 gcc -> gcc-4.0

There may be a way of achieving this with environment variables, but it would seem that you can not specifiy a compiler binary in the setup process.

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