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To me the error message is quite clear, it is telling you that it can't access the root partition for some reason. Of course, finding the reason why it can't do this is going to be the key to successfully resolving the problem.
My 1st guess would be a hardware issue, as I really don't think that this is a software problem. I'd be tempted to download any diagnostic tool from your hard drive manufacturer, save it to a floppy and run it on the machine you're trying to boot from. This will tell you if your hard drive has died.
If that comes up A-OK, then why not give Memtest86 a go too, just to rule out any RAM problems. I'd think that it's more a HDD issue than a RAM issue, but it's not complicated nor too time-consuming to run either of these tests, and they'll help rule out possible causes even if they don't tell you that there is a problem.
Failing that, I gather from the number of distros you've been installing recently that you're up-to-speed on re-installing, so you could always try and do a linux -rescue from your installation CD.
Finally, one thing that strikes me reading through this thread, is that you're kinda isolated. Surely there must be a friendly Linux User Group somewhere in Norfolk? We've got a nice one here in Swindon (the Wiltshire LUG), which if someone had the same problems that you've been having, I'm confident that one of the WiltsLUG'ers would offer some assistance first hand in getting installed. We even have install-fests every now and again, which would be an ideal opportunity to resolve this kinda thing and get help 1st-hand at the same time.
I've been to the site and would the Safecom 2 Port ADSL and ADSL2/2+ Modem Router with SPI Firewall be suitable for my needs as I am not too well up on the adsl routers etc.
I had rung my local computer shop and was trying to be ripped of with a quote of £124 for a router and £56 for the ethernet card. Thanks but I am not that stupid.
Even if it was €1, IMO you don't need it. You already have a modem and that's all you need. Just install it properly. It is pretty straightforward if you know how linux work. You may have to learn how to use linux first, but this learning is not just for installing modem driver. It will pay in the long run, perhaps 3 or 4 months. During your learning period, you will be less productive than with windows, and even completely stuck at the very beginnning. After that you will be more and more productive and there is no limit. The more you learn the more things you get done and you will ask yourself how you could survive without those functionalities that are lacking in windows. Or maybe you will say "the hell with it" the first month and just go on surfing the web, updating your anti-virus software and paying more and more bucks or watching more and more brainwashing adverts for trivial services such as burning a CD or chatting with friends like in good old 90's.
will I still need an ethernet card or will it olug straight into the usb port ?
My (cable) modem offers both Ethernet and USB ports, but the manual recommended using Ethernet for greater reliability. There's a branch of Maplin Electronics in Norwich. Their website offers PCI network cards from £4.97.
Hello Again If if send off for the Safecom router modem will I still need an ethernet card or will it olug straight into the usb port ?
Use ethernet. I doubt you would find the usb drivers for it. You can find support for these modem/routers at adsltech. Have a look in the forum link as there are a number of guides that are Linux related.
Because of some perceived/actual unhappiness with adsltech many of the main technical folks have setup their own forums which can be found here.
Right a lot has happened since I last posted
I got hold of a safecom 2 port adsl router modem and an smc 1244tx ethernet card. Installed them and tried to connect as per the user guide. Firstly to set up the router I had to go to a log in page and log on using the login and password supplied. Then to the next page to fill in all the isp details. Eventually I got that working but it stuffed up my windows setup big time. Could not gain access from windows through the router and card. Opera and Eudora could not connect at all. Every site was giving a 404 error. Had to remove the router and card reinstall windows and the speedtouch modem and everything is now ok. Back to Linux when trying to download the firmware file from the floppy I get the message
Could not mount device.
The reported error was: mount: cant find /dev/fd0 in /etc/fstab or /etc/mtab. When I click on the ok button two more messages are displayed but they flash so fast I cannot read them. Any advice ?
Distribution: Ubuntu and whatever is new kid on the block
Originally Posted by Dogman2
---8<--- stuffed up my windows setup big time.----->8---
Windows is generally stuffed anyway
If the modem/router works then all you need to do for both windows and linux is to set them up to use dhcp to get their IP address from the router it should then simply just work. Do remember that windows will probably need to reboot before it can pick up the dhcp service but linux can do that on the hoof
In network connections in windoze you can click you ethernet connection --> tcp/ip --> properties and make sure the "obtain address automatically" is checked.
in windoze you will need to go run --> cmd and type "ipconfig /renew" for it to pick up the dhcp server without a reboot.
Personally i prefer to use static IP addresses on the machine as this would enable you to set up port fowarding more effectively - this is important if you need/want to use bittorrent or ftp servers on your linux box.
So, check the IP address of your router .. it'll be the same one you put in to access the configuration page.. such as 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.1.1.
You'll need to set up linux with an ip address of say 192.168.0.2 or 192.168.1.2 depending on which "network" the router is on .. ie the 192.168.0 network or the 192.168.1 network. the subnet mask will be 255.255.255.0
Your default gateway will need to be the router, as will your DNS server.
After youve set the IP address in linux, go to the console and ping the router .. ie .. "ping 192.168.0.1" if you get a reply you should be good to go. If you cant get on the internet then check the dns server is set as your router and the default gateway. a quick way to do this would be to type "ifconfig" from the terminal (you need to be root to do this on some distros)
Do the same thing with all your other windows boxes to make sure you dont have any IP address conflicts on the network.. they could be called 192.168.0.3, 192.168.0.4 etc.. or turn them off completely until you get the linux box going.
This is simple TCP/IP networking really and will allow your router to forward certain services (on certain ports) to certain boxes on your network, which can be really useful as you get things going.
Post back if i havent made things clear!
Best of luck
Last edited by crazytigger; 05-03-2006 at 07:50 PM.