OK. I made a very bad newbie
mess by trying to remove a kernel version the wrong way.
Running Fedora Core 4.
I had used KYUM to update from kernel 2.6.11 to 2.6.12 and after 2.6.14 had been showing for some time I went ahead with it.
Then I found out that ALSA wouldn't run with the nVidia sound/video card. I tried to get the nVidia updates from livna with KYUM but it kept complaining of a dependency that it couldn't find.
So...I thought (not very well in the end) that I would just revert to the 2.6.12 kernel.
I told KYUM to uninstall the 2.6.14 kernel. Never thought till the system locked up that I should have rebooted first and told GRUB to start with the 2.6.12 kernel.
Now the system will obviously not get past starting the kernel as it gets a panic with trying to term init error.
There are some files I would like to preserve and have an older box I can boot up to transfer them to but Knoppix 3.9 doesn't seem to be able to see all the files on the disk. Only shows a folder with GRUB, LOST+FOUND, configs and vmlinuz type files.
Please raise this newbie
level and educate me on how to:
1) Get to the rest of the files on the disk using Knoppix so I can preserve them before a total wipe.
2) Clean up the mess and get the system back up with as much as possible in tact.