I was afraid I'd get this. I should have added an explanation to my last post. Here it is...
I'm using PCLinuxOS on two other machines and have been since last December, and I'm a contributor to the project since last February. I happen to have a different distro loaded on this machine at the moment - but I will most likely restore PCLinuxOS shortly - since (as I mentioned in the original post) - I can boot into post-2.6.37 kernels using the PCLinuxOS version, but only in safe mode. My goal is to understand why safe mode works when the 'normal' mode does not - regardless of distro or kernel customization. That's why I asked what the safe mode parameters are.
I replied using the currently installed information to save some time - I don't have a live disk that will work on this 32-bit machine and a live disk would have a pre-2.6.37 kernel installed (unless the live images have been updated since I last checked).
I thought that a list of the safe mode settings might help me reconfigure the boot process once I do reinstall PCLOS - to avoid having to drop into safe mode manually each time I boot.
The latest release is now pclinuxos-kde-2011.6.iso
, which uses the 18.104.22.168
kernel. I would d/l that and try it in your problem machine.
Any kernel that will boot to a command line, "Safe Mode", is a working kernel. What you are most likely experiencing is an X server
not loading, which is totally different
from a kernel not booting. You need to learn, and use, the proper terms when troubleshooting problems, or you'll most likely get improper answers and poor results.
There are a number of graphics drivers that have been deprecated with the latest kernels and X server, so your problem may just be you need to reconfigure your graphics card to use different drivers.