3.2.11 Intel Atom (945GME chipset) Netbook Zen Kernel compiled on Linux Mint 12 LXDE

Posted: March 17, 2012 in Linux
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1. Up-to-date kernel (as at 17 Mar 2012)
2. Customised for Atom CPU (945GME chipset)
3. BFS scheduler, BFQ/CFQ selectable IO scheduler
4. Faster start-up/boot time (by about 15% compared to standard kernel)
5. Aiming to be more power efficient than standard kernel
6. Aiming for smoother overall experience than standard kernel

Generic kernel boot time:

Custom kernel boot time:

kernel headers and image

To use:
1. Extract to any directory using 7-Zip
2. Open terminal window
3. cd {extracted directory}
4. sudo dpkg -i *3.2.11*zen*mntlx*.deb
5. Reboot

To uninstall:
1. Boot into any other kernel
2. Open terminal window
3. sudo apt-get purge linux-image-3.2.11-zen-mntlx-cfq linux-headers-3.2.11-zen-mntlx-cfq
4. Reboot

http://downloads.zen-kernel.org/snapshots/v3.2_master.diff.gz (2012-Mar-17 04:37:06 snapshot).

Kernel defaults to using CFQ IO scheduler.
Add elevator=bfq in Kernel command line to use BFQ IO scheduler instead without recompiling.

Credits to:
dametz from Liquorix; Zen kernel developers & Pappy (Kernel Seeds) for initial .config seed; dieghen89 (kernel-netbook project) for BFQ tip.

Kernels are provided on an “as is basis” and not guaranteed to work on all netbooks (too many variations in hardware). Suggest to only use kernels compiled for your current distribution/version.

  1. Mr J says:

    Hey there, Nice job as always!

    I put up a video response on the custom kernel video. I don’t know if you’re the person whose youtube account that is though lol btw can you email/message me if possible? I’d like to ask you some questions regarding a few different subjects, thanks!

    • pateo says:

      Hey there Mr J – thanks for the comments and the follow up video. A past commenter did mention the modified kernels could boot within 5 secs – guess we have proof of it now ;). What sort of questions?

  2. Mr J says:

    I suppose I can just ask you on here lol

    What happened to the ads you had placed on this website?

    How long does it take you to compile the kernels?

    Will you be upgrading to Ubuntu 12.04 in a few weeks?

    Have you tried to cinnamon desktop? (I prefer it over anything else right now but it’s not working anymore in 12.04 alpha for right now…)

    That’s about it lol

    • pateo says:

      1. wordpress allows ads?
      2. 10 – 15 mins compiled on another pc
      3. maybe just to see whats new
      4. haven’t used cinnamon desktop so can’t comment

      • Mr J says:

        Yup wordpress allows ads as far as I can remember. I could’ve swore you had ads up before though lol

        ohhhh, I just looked it up and I think wordpress put ads on your blog by themselves for a limited time. However I think it is something you should look into cuz I know I would be a little “clicky” lol

      • pateo says:

        Yup thats what I thought i.e. can’t choose to include ads in the free edition of WordPress (may need to start playing with blogger) 😉

  3. DreamMastR says:


    This is the past blogger with the under 5 second boot time.

    For some reason your newer kernels don’t support my Intel Wireless-N Chipset.

    It stopped working past 3.1.5

    I believe the issue occurs when your kernel is newer than stock. Loading the driver as a module produces no results.

    Off the top of your head, any idea what’s causing this?

    Thanks again for your awesome kernels!

    • DreamMastR says:

      “I believe the issue occurs when your kernel is newer than stock. Loading the driver as a module produces no results.”

      Nevermind, your kernels have always been significantly newer.

    • pateo says:

      Hi – Which chipset model? The kernel was built for a Toshiba NB205 with an Atheros chipset (and basic Intel 2200BG if memory serves) so it’s possible newer Intel Wireless N chipsets weren’t included.

  4. spyrotsk says:

    Works perfectly on Samsung NP-N130 with ubuntu 11.04!
    For ubuntu 11.04 you need install this library for first: http://packages.ubuntu.com/precise/libtinfo5

    thanks for sharing this news! 🙂

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