slackware 8.0 and ppp

rturner2 at rturner2 at
Wed Nov 28 08:24:17 EST 2001

wow! who would have guessed that!
well i am recompiling the kernal now
so i will know shortly if it works.
yep it appears to default to smp!
that is going to be tricky for a beginner!
also my zip drive did not want to work either,
sounds like the same problem!
thanks to all!

On 2001-11-28 speakup at said:
 sp>It depends.  If you use the Speakup boot disk that comes with
 sp>Slackware 8.0, and install its kernel, PPP probably won't work out
 sp>of the box.  This is because whoever compiled it compiled it for
 sp>SMP (symmetric multiprocessing) when all the modules are for
 sp>single-processor machines. This causes a lot of trouble.  There are
 sp>a number of solutions.
 sp>1: Build a new kernel.  The advantage here is you can clean out the
 sp>default modules and install just the ones you need.  You can also
 sp>get rid of other junk and possibly add support for that odd card or
 sp>two. 2: replace the modules with those for 2.2.19 kernels with SMP
 sp>support. They are provided on the Contrib CD.  You would copy the
 sp>modules from the CD over the existing ones for 2.2.19.  The
 sp>advantage of this method is you don't have to rebuild a kernel or
 sp>replace it.
 sp>3: get the modified Speakup boot disk from
 sp>You would then copy its vmlinuz over your existing one and if you
 sp>use Lilo, rerun it by simply typing "lilo."  The advantage of this
 sp>is that you don't have to replace a whole bunch of files.  I
 sp>suspect that they will have this little issue fixed in the next
 sp>Slackware release.
 sp>I chose initially to install the SMP modules, then I downloaded the
 sp>latest kernel source once I was online and rebuilt.  I think
 sp>rebuilding is a good thing in the long run as you can really cut
 sp>your boot time since the kernel isn't looking for non-existent
 sp>hardware plus, it makes your existing hardware work more reliably.
 sp>Hope this information helps.
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