fedora core 3 installation kernel panic - not syncing
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1. download a new kernel (I'm using 188.8.131.52 kernel right now)
2. use the kernel config used for your original install or update. this can be found in "/boot" directory and mine is called "config-2.6.10-1.770_FC3" (use this as your base kernel configuration)
3. once your have loaded the "config-2.6.10-1.770_FC3" into the kernel you can then remove the things you don't need or things you need. (CAUTION!!! I wouldn't change anything in the "FILE SYSTEM" area of the kernel. Some wrong changes here I believe is what causes the kernel panic.)
4. simply make the changes you need and then save the changes.
5. Give the usual commands: make all
6. make modules_install
7. make install
8. everything should be ready to go so reboot the system and choose the kernel you wish to boot from the grub loader screen.
9. if you get a kernel panic again then there is something wrong in the kernel configuration setting which you compiled (hint: you might have removed the wrong settings)
This worked for a stand alone install of Fedora Core 3 and the hard drive was NOT split to work as a dual boot. I suffered numerous kernel panics until I tried to use one of the original kernel configs and it compiled and rebooted perfectly. If you are like me and like to run a lean mean fast kernel then I would recommend trying to remove little by little from the kernel config each time your recompile. Every time you have a successful reboot simply save the kernel config and try again. If you get a kernel panic you probably went too far (changed something you shouldn't have) so go back to the last kernel config that worked and mess with settings again. I know it is a long ass lame process but it works and well worth it once you get the kernel where you want it. Save the final kernel config somewhere safe (on a CD-R) so if you need it again it will be a breeze to recompile. Good luck and hope this helps.
I have exactly the same problem as the original poster (panic occuring at kernel_thread_helper). I am trying to install FC3 for the first time on a machine with only XP installed. I am using the dvd version, with the both download and the burnt dvd verified. It's not a case of updating vmware as I have not installed that nor do I have any idea what it is. I'm currently downloading the CD version to see if that works any better. A bit annoying as I have a monthly data quota but it has to be tried I suppose.
the problem was the bios not sending the correct mem amount to the kernel.
when u boot with the cd,look under the F1-F4 options for the memtest,then
see what amount of memory the memtest program tests...then reboot your
machine,and at the prompt enter : linux mem=amountM
what to do when it happens to a previously working sys?
hi. sorry to re-open this old thread-- but, i've encountered a similar situation, and i've found little in the way of googling.
mine is a standalone Fedora Core 5 (albeit, i had an XP slaved, which i was viewing mounted via /mnt/windows/... but i'm doubting that is relevant here?)
my Fedora Core 5 was working great-- since late May 2006. coincidentally to your discussion, the Kernel has recently updated, but this all is "automatic" w/ the Yumex. everything seemed okay, and i've never had any boot problems from the start. but something i did while trying to customize some directories / move files around, i think i accidentally sent a command to the wrong directory-- and now i've got a Kernel Panic happening. i'm not Linux savvy enough to know what to do "outside of" the OS environment i'm used to. i pulled up the grub> prompt, but i don't know what to do from there.
my understanding is that the Fedora installer makes 2 partitions: one for Grub and the other for the rest of the OS (if i had to write an essay on that, i'd have to stop there because i don't really know more about what Grub vs the Os vs what's going on w/ the partitions-- but my guess is that Grub handles boot-time-config, and from there, the "other" half takes over for the "desktop environment"?)
so, if it's possible for me to solve this problem by editing something in "Grub", then i'm certain that i DON'T know where to look. likewise, if it's something i do from Grub to the Filesystem... etc., etc.. this is where i need some guidance 'cause i've no idea really what i'm looking for this far "early" in the boot processes.
This is an old thread, but I thought I'd add to it. I found this thread from a google search. I got the same error message with fc6 that had been working for several months. I tried an upgrade & new install of Fedora 7, same thing. After trying cmos clearing, vid card & memory swap & several other things I ran a hdd fitness test on my WD 40 gig sata hdd. It failed. Error 0225, to many errors. I wiped the drive, wrote zeroes, full. I did a fresh install of Fedora 7. All is well now. I'm sure my hdd is living on borrowed time, but this got me going again. Seems there are several things that will give this error code. Hope this helps someone.
..I wiped the drive, wrote zeroes ... I'm sure my hdd is living on borrowed time, but this got me going again..
The commonalities between your situation, crenclan, and mine seem to be limited to the fact that no filesystem could be found-- yours due to hardware failure; mine due to corrupt filesystem paths, but both resulting in a "panic" for the Kernel. In my research on the matter, I learned that there are many situations which may cause Kernel Panic.
I still have the HDD, in the same condition as when I first opened this thread. The data is still there, and there's no hardware trouble, so I'll keep it until I am able to figure out how to extract it.
I don't understand why a completely functional ext2 or ext3 Fedora Core 5 system, having that distorted HDD installed as a slave, is yet unable to "see" the partition containing the FileSystem (as WinXP, in analogy, would continue to "see" the directories of a slave "E: Drive"-- even if E:\Windows\ were removed or damaged.)
I've tried the "slave" method with 2 functional Fedora systems as well, and not been able to "see" the slave. I'm probably doing something wrong with fstab, but i don't know what.