Kernel panic on boot with new SATA drive Slackware 12 kernel: 18.104.22.168
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I am wondering if adding a new sata drive changes the drive order, making root some other drive, like say /dev/sdb6 or /dev/sdc6.
That happens so often that when most other distributions install, they use the UUID to identify the boot drive. See the output of "blkid" and the contents of "/dev/disk/by-uuid/*" once you get your system running again.
You will have to boot from a recent Live CD (I always recommend the latest System Rescue CD) and see what is going on. System Rescue CD usually tracks the latest kernel, so you will see your drives enumerated in a manner very similar to your current kernel.
Since you probably have access to the console, don't forget that you can use [Shift][PgUp] and [Shift][PdDn] to move up and down through the output of the console logger. You might be able to see enough drive enumeration information using this method that you can figure out where the kernel is placing your boot drive. If LILO allows you to edit the kernel parameters during bootup, you can change the boot drive manually.
If not, you might want to use this opportunity to install GRUB.