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I had a 40 gig internal IDE harddrive that was fully configured with Fedora Core 2. However, I took that harddrive out and converted it into a external usb 2.0 device.
I installed a fresh 160gig IDE harddrive and it has windows xp on it.
I want to be able to boot into linux if i tell my bios to boot from USB HDD, this works up to the point of the Grub bootloader, but when i select my linux kernel i get a kernal panic... maybe the USB HD is still pointing to itself as it it were an internal IDE?
here's the error i get after i select the kernel from GRUB:
Uncompressing Linux... Ok, booing the kernel.
Red Hat nash version 3.5.22 starting
mkrootdev: label / not found
mount: error 2 mounting ext3
pivotroot: pivot_root(/sysroot, /sysroot/intrd) failed: 2
umount /initrd/proc failed: 2
Kernel panic: No init found. Try passing init= option to kernel
4) Being lazy I would recommend you use a knoppix or sysresccd (rescue cd) to see what it AUTODETECTS you may need to write stuff down at boot or go into the file /etc/fstab then match your grub stuff.
5) Use the option at mbr boot with grub to press E to edit your current boot lines to amend the root and the kernel etc
kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/sda1 ro sda=ide-scsi
initrd /initrd.img (or initrd.gz).......remember you have to create this one.
6) This edit is only temporary so no save occurs of the right option so you could try the above with out the initrd line and see what happens??