zen-sources-2.6.31-r1 with tuxonice

Today I patched the  new zen-sources-2.6.31-r1 with tuxonice. This time it was a bit more complicated since the two patches are conflicting. So I modified the tuxonice patch to apply cleanly over the zen-kernel.

Suspend to RAM works at least on my Dell Precison M65 as well as suspend to disk does.

Download the zen-sources 2.6.31-zen1 patch here: zen-sources.org. Then apply the patch to vanilla kernel sources. Afterwards download my modified tuxonice patch from here: current-tuxonice-for-2.6.31-zen1.patch-20090911-v1.bz2 (946). Then apply it.

For Gentoo users there is a more easy way: Download my modified overlay (including the patches) from zen-sources-toi-2.6.31-r1.tar.bz2 (872) and extract it in /usr/local/portage. Be sure to include the following line in your /etc/make.conf:


Then emerge zen-sources-toi and buld the kernel as you wish.

To work around the black screen problem with some nvidia-drivers versions occuring with 2.6.30 kernels, discussed at gentoo forums, I had to upgrade to nvidia-drivers-190.18. Most probably this problem persists with 2.6.31. Strangely the issue did only occur on my Precision M65 with a Quadro FX350M. It did not occur with the Quadro FX3400 in my Desktop PC, Nvidia-drivers-185.18.31 are running there without any problems.

Tuxonice is not officially supported in zen-sources. So If you’re using the files above, don’t report any bugs to zen-sources.org. You are on your own.

For my Precision M65 I used the following kernel config: kconfig_zen-sources-toi- (773)

If you want to use all channels with the iwl3945 driver change the line static char *ieee80211_regdom = “US”; to static char *ieee80211_regdom = “JP”; in the file net/wireless/reg.c.

If you also own of those old 16 Bit Adaptec pcmcia scsi cards using the aha152x_cs module you might want to enable it also for 64 Bit kernels. It was masked for 64 Bit kernels somewhere before 2.6.13. I was unable to find out the reason for this so I tried to compile the module. When I insert the card, the module loads properly. Since the drive I could test it with, is currently attached to another box and in use, I can´t try it out for the moment. Once I tried I´ll keep you updated.

To enable the driver remove the line

depends on !64BIT

in the config PCMCIA_AHA152X section in /usr/src/linux/drivers/scsi/pcmcia/Kconfig and select the module in menuconfig.

Addon: I tried a SCSI cdrom with this and it works perfectly. I just filed a bug on this on bugzilla.kernel.org and hope for the driver being unmasked for future  64 Bit kernels.

If you are using this kernel on a notebook with i.e. a Core2 CPU you might be interesting to undervolt your CPU to save power and to produce less heat (keeps the fan off longer). This works like a charm on my M65. Information on this topic can be found here: aldeby.org. The linux-pch patch mentioned there is already included in zen-sources, thus you only have to perform the userspace part begnning at (3).

For image compression in tuxonice include Compressor lzo in your suspend2.conf file.

Sadly the iptables mirror target I published here does not work anymore with the 2.6.31 kernel. A newer version will be available soon on mygnu.de.

For more information on the zen-sources patchset see www.zen-sources.org.

best regards


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