I've been running Slackware 13.37 for about a year on my laptop. It's a very stable OS and I really like it. This morning, I woke up to a power outage and my laptop which had been left on the previous night was dead. I attempted to boot and received a Kernel panic message:
Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(8,1)
I have loaded up the Slackware DVD to try and use as a recovery console, but it's getting me nowhere. I've tried running e2fsck and I get an error message about a bad superblock. I've tried running something along the lines of
e2fsck -b 8193 /dev/sda1
Which returns a long message about how the superblock cannot be read or does not describe a correct ext2 filesystem.
I tried to see what fdisk had to say about /dev/sda1 by running
fdisk.bin: unable to read /dev/sda1: Inappropriate ioctl for device
/sbin/e2fsck: Attempt to read block from filesystem resulted in short read while trying to open /dev/sda1
Could this be a zero-length partition?
Really hoping I don't have to re-install.
Edit: Just out of curiosity I ran the "setup" utility and it told me that I had no linux partitions on my machine and prompted me to create one. I ran the partition table and /dev/sda1 did not show up at all. After running "cfdisk /dev/sda" it shows a 160GB partition of "Free Space"