No valid timers found on ALIX (was Re: 9.0-BETA2 - Kernel Panic on ALIX)

Mike Tancsa mike at
Wed Aug 31 17:53:27 UTC 2011

On 8/31/2011 12:27 PM, Adrian Chadd wrote:
> Just to clarify for Edgar,
> His 9.0 build isn't finding any valid timers; hence why the thing
> panics upon boot.
> Since I've got a few Alix boards I'd like to use for 11n testing, i'd
> like to know how to make this work.
> Does anyone know the relevant magic to see which timers are available,
> and force enable something that'll work?

	I had just tried with a Soekris not long ago and it was happy with
Beta1 and 2.... csuping... updating... and it still works.  dmesg.txt at

What if you add

option          CPU_GEODE
option          CPU_SOEKRIS

to the kernel ? I think actually only one is needed, but I forget which one.


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