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Old 06-18-2010, 12:51 AM   #1
Jezzirolk
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Thumbs up kernel panic not syncing VFS along with an array of other errors


hey guys i recently fried my motherboard on my server, its old so whatever. Anyway way i got my friends old board which has been sitting around. the only problem with the board was that the SATA controllers didn't work. to me that didnt bother me because hey i got a SATA add on card and i just disabled the SATA ports in the data.

so i set the box up and tried to get the old hard drive to work. so i tried to boot it without any changes.

this install didn't boot nor does any other bootable CD. i get the same error.


Code:
PCI: Connot allocate resource region 3 of device 0000:00:00:0
invalid compressed format (err=1)
Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(0,0)
i already have to amend "noapic" to the end of my boot command to get rid of another error.

so any idea what canbe done to get any linux distro to boot on the board because i don't want to buy new hardware if i dont have to.

--Jezzirolk
 
Old 06-18-2010, 01:31 AM   #2
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Try a live CD (Ubuntu, Debian and OpenSuse are all good choices).

Make sure you can run the distro on your hardware (i.e. make sure the rest of the PC, independent of the hard disk, will work with your OS).

Next, try to mount your hard drive (while running the OS itself from the Live CD).

Post a new query with any error messages you get/any specific mounting problems you encounter.

Once you can successfully mount a partition on your hard drive (using the Live CD; regardless if it happens to be a Windows or a Linux partition), you should be good to go.

Alternatively, boot from the Live CD and simply try to partition and format the hard drive (assuming there's nothing on it you want to keep). Same story: post a new query with any errors/problems you might encounter trying to access the hard disk from your Live CD.

And if one distro's Live CD doesn't access the disk ... perhaps another distro will. The beauty of a Live CD is you can experiment with different options before you "lock in".

'Hope that helps .. PSM

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Old 06-18-2010, 01:41 AM   #3
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sorry if i didnt make this clear but no live CD works. i tried a debian disk and a fedora core disk already and nether would boot. yet i can boot the windows install disk but thats just gross because its windows. but thats the big problem i cant get any linux distro to boot so is there any thing i can pass to the kernel at boot to at least clear up these errors and see if i can get any distro to boot.
 
Old 06-18-2010, 10:57 AM   #4
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Hi -

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sorry if i didnt make this clear but no live CD works. i tried a debian disk and a fedora core disk already and nether would boot.
Good information. In addition, it would be helpful to specify exactly *which* debian and fedora (version, architecture: i383, i686, amd64, etc, and whether it's a CD or a DVD).

But definitely focus on the CD for the moment. Once you get the CD working, you might be home free.

Consider trying this:
Quote:
Possible Solution
Hey guys, I'm new to ubuntu, so I claim no expertise, but I think I may have solved a similar problem to the one you are having.

I was trying to solve a problem with install and found a relevant thread on ubuntuforums.

I followed some suggestions, switched my SATA mode to RAID from IDE, then did what tofuconfetti suggested and used the install command line and used the 'irqpoll' switch.

From that point, I hit the 'Kernel panic - not syncing...unable to mount' error you guys seem to be having.

I went back and switched my SATA mode back to 'IDE' and it worked like a charm!

I am happy to say I am looking at 8.04 LTS desktop right now!

Anyway, thought I'd share. I know very little about ubuntu, but perhaps this points to an issue with your drive configuration?

I don't know, hope this helps, good luck!
 
Old 06-18-2010, 02:44 PM   #5
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i tried a DVD of debian not sure which it was.
CD of fedora core i686
and now a CD of Ubuntu 10.04 i386
debian on the hard drive wont boot and it is i386
the fedora core wont boot into the live CD
and the ubuntu i cant even get into a boot loader.

i looked at the page you sugjested but i disabled them in the bios i even unplugged the SATA add on card. the hard drive i am trying to boot off of is an IDE drive and IDE CD ROM drives.
i looked at the page but it did not solve my problem.

just so its out there i am running an AMD Athlon64 processor 3800+
spped of 2400 MHZ
and 2 gigs of ram
2 IDE hard drives
4 SATA drives but they are not hooked up as of now.
and a DVD-rw drive but i got others if i should try a different drive

and i even tried the recovery boot with the same results
it just had 2 lines inbetween those.
Code:
invalid compressed format (err=1)
List of all partitions
No filesystem could mount root, tried:
Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(0,0)
 
Old 06-18-2010, 10:27 PM   #6
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Any chance of swapping the cdrom drive out?
 
Old 06-19-2010, 03:37 AM   #7
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i will try it when i get home but i have tried neumerous DVD drives. should i try to use a CD drive will that make a difference? thanks for the help but it is lookin more and more towards buying some new hardware but i will keep trying everything i can to get this hardware to work.
 
Old 06-20-2010, 04:12 AM   #8
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It clearly looks like a hardware problem. To be sure, you also can try the Parted Magic CD. This live CD has been created especially for backup / restore / recovery and repair purposes. Almost all testing software is included and even with seriously damaged hardware the CD is able to boot often. If this CD also doesn't boot, you can be certain no other will.
 
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