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Old 08-30-2004, 04:04 PM   #1
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Unable to mount root fs


I'm trying to install Debian by doing a network install. I have rescue.bin and root.bin loaded onto two different floppy disks. When I first boot from the rescue floppy disk, everything seems to be fine. However, soon after loading the root.bin floppy, it gives this error:

Kernel panic : VSF : Unable to mount root fs on 02:00

I was dual booting WinXP along with Mandrake 10, before I accidentally screwed the linux partition. Now I'm trying to get back to linux and I'd like to try Debian this time. Can anyone help me out (please hurry, I can't wait to get back to linux.....windoze is so pathetic in comparison )
Old 08-30-2004, 10:19 PM   #2
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might be a bad floppy
Old 08-31-2004, 06:55 AM   #3
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- "on 02:00" means /dev/fd0 (major, minor number in hexa) : do you have an internal floppy drive or a usb floppy drive (if you own a laptop)?

- How did you create your root floppy?
Old 09-01-2004, 07:09 PM   #4
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Thanks for the help. I went to walmart and bought some new floppies and they worked fine.

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