I'm using an Ubuntu Server (13.04) Minimal installation (with the Xubuntu Metapackage as a desktop environment, if that matters) on x86_64 on my Samsung notebook. I'm currently forced to use the no-longer-maintained version of the proprietary AMD graphics driver (fglrx-legacy) as the open-source "radeon" driver heats the card 15°C more in idle.
That's why I'd really like to try kernel 3.11 with the new power management features for AMD cards. The problem is, once I install a mainline kernel the system freezes after selecting the kernel in Grub with the messages:
Loading Linux 3.11.0-laptop ... Loading initial ramdisk ...
And nothing happens. How can I find out what's wrong? Are there any logs from that early in the boot process stored somewhere?
Some more information: The system works perfectly with the Ubuntu Raring Kernel self-compiled from Git (which is based on 3.8). It doesn't work with mainline Kernel 3.9 or 3.10 (same problem). I also tried a pre-compiled "generic" version of 3.10, doesn't work either. I have 4 partitions on the hard drive:
swap (all LUKS/dm-crypt encrypted). The notebook is a Samsung NP-R522H. The GPU is a Mobility Radeon HD 4650.