There seems to be something broken with the 'linux-official'  line of
kernels. I now tested a lot of kernels from various sources and these
are the results:
* linux-official-3.5.0-8.lemote :
Loading the Debian wheezy initrd , I get a blank screen about half
a minute into the installation, then the system looks frozen (maybe
just the display is gone?).
* linux-official master branch (abab4490cfb4b89) :
Same problem as above, plus the fan is spinning very loudly
(CONFIG_LOONGSON3_CPUAUTOPLUG=y is set, anything else I need for
proper fan control or power management?)
Also tried with the newer Debian Jessie installer initrd , with
the same result. I think that rules out a userspace issue.
I.e. linux-official looks unusable for my system :/
* ralf's linux mips branch, master (859a350909b3ee) 
* torvald's linux branch, master (04535d273ee3e)  :
Fan spins very loudly, but Debian installer seems to work. I get a
segfault somewhere early in the installation when using the Debian
Wheezy installer initrd , but does not seem kernel related. The
Debian Jessie installer  works much better, so far I encountered
no (unexpected) problems.
- What's wrong with linux-official line of kernels WRT frame buffer
becoming unusable? Whatever it is, hopefully the "feature" does not
get merged upstream ;) Anything else I can do to help triage/debug the
- How do I get proper fan control (and power management) with the more
recent kernels? Ralf's and Torvald's branches lack the
CONFIG_LOONGSON3_CPUAUTOPLUG option. Any workarounds?
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