Kernel Panic - not syncing: Attempted to kill init!
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I notice two things. One, the system appears to be trying to resume from suspend to ram or disk. Two, an ext3 filesystem is failing to mount. Maybe Grub is using the wrong partition as root after the reinstall. I suggest it's the swap partition, as this could explain the resume-from-suspend attempts. Remember, grub counts partitions from zero. This has screwed me over fustratingly before. Do you know the partition layout on your hard drive? That is, which partitions are used for root, swap, home? You should double check the layount with what grub has in /boot/grub/menu.lst. It should be something like
title Mandriva Linux
Now grub counts from zero, so (hda,2) is actually the third hard drive partition.
If you can't boot linux at all, a live-cd can be very helpful, so try booting from the mandriva live cd to get some diagnostic info. Or get a special-purpose live cd such as Knoppix or PuppyLinux (I really like Puppy), which are great system-rescue tools.
I've tried booting directly from the partition using Super Grub CD and I get a constant beep from the pc speaker, I've also tried booting failsafe minus the resume parameters and the kernel still panics. I have only 3 partitions a 8GB / partition, 3GB swap and a 60GB /home partition.
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Does the Mandriva CD still boot? It could be a corrupt install. In fact, not having grub working in the first place is really unusual. Reinstalling Mandriva could be the go.
If you want to poke around a bit more first, get a live cd and look at the partitions with GParted, and look at /etc/fstab, a file which lists all the disk partitions, their type, and which device they are on (devices are special files in the /dev directory. You hard drive will be /dev/hda or /dev/sda. Partitions will be /dev/hda1, /dev/hda2, etc).
Ok. So grub is working, live cd works, and the hard drive mandriva install will not boot, even if done directly with a grub boot cd. Maybe when you reinstalled grub you overwrote something, but I don't know enough about mandriva to be sure about how they set up grub and the system boot.
Either start from scratch and reinstall, or post the content/boot/grub/menu.lst and /etc/fstab files. You should be able to mount and look at your hard drive with the mandriva livecd. Also have you tried looking on google for other mandriva uses with the same or similar problem?