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Old 05-02-2004, 12:54 PM   #1
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newbie boot problem- kernel panic


I'm having a problem getting Redhat 9 to boot. It had been running smoothly, but suddenly started refusing to display the grub login screen. The system seems to initialize fine, but then hangs just before the login screen is displayed with the monitor clicking. I tried booting with a boot disk but got a kernel panic:

try passing init=option to kernel

The only thing I can think of is that I unwittingly killed an init process before shutting the system down. Any advice on this? I have no idea where to take it from here.

Thanks
 
Old 05-02-2004, 02:13 PM   #2
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When using the boot disk you need to pass it the option "root=/dev/hda2" or whatever the correct partition for / is on your machine. As for GRUB, it's probably just a corrupted boot loader. Once you've booted to the boot disk you should be able to reinstall the boot loader easily enough.
 
Old 05-02-2004, 02:28 PM   #3
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Thanks. My linux partition is hda5, so I tried:

"boot: root=/dev/hda5"

and got:

"could not find kernel image: root=/de.v/h"

any thoughts?
 
Old 05-04-2004, 01:13 PM   #4
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You need to tell it which OS to boot as well. Pressing <TAB> should list the options. Assuming it is called "linux" then type

boot: linux root=/dev/hda5 <ENTER>

This will tell it to boot linux and pass it the command line option root=/dev/hda5.
 
Old 05-04-2004, 01:55 PM   #5
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that did it. thanks a lot.
 
  


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