Yesterday, I went to shut down my machine during some thunderstorms.
KDE was taking a very long time to close, and wouldn't let me get over to any other virtual terminal. The power went out while it was still in that state, and today when I went to power back on, the boot sequence halts on the lines
No filesystem could mount root, tried:
Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(8,2)
I'm still enough of a newbie to not know where to go to find the right information. I'm using Slackware 12.0, right off the CD. So far I've done
/dev/sda1 swap swap defaults 0 0
/dev/sda2 / ext3 defaults 1 1
/dev/hda1 /fat-a ntfs ro 1 0
/dev/hdb1 /fat-b ntfs ro 1 0
#/dev/crom /mnt/cdrom auto noauto,owner,ro 0 0
/dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto noauto,owner 0 0
devpts /dev/pts devpts gid=5,mode=620 0 0
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
and fsck /dev/sda2
fsck 1.39 (29-May-2006)
e2fsck 1.39 (29-May-2006)
/dev/sda2: clean, 419774/16252928 files, 17214888/32505732 blocks
both off of the boot disk.
Edit: I've booted the machine fine before. I've come across a lot of stories of problems on the first boot, but that isn't what happened here. Slackware has been running for a few weeks now without a reboot, but KDE has only been running for a couple of days.