I am a newbie to linux, and after having red hat linux 7 fail to even figure out that i had a hard drive, and having one of my friends recommend Mandrake, I went out and bought a copy of Mandrake 8.0. Everything in the installation went fine, and Lilo came up when I rebooted. I'm doing a dual boot on a machine that already had Windows 98SE (mom won't let me totally ditch windows on our family computer). Windows boots fine from Lilo. But when I try to boot Linux (or the failsafe, or nonfb linux options) or use the boot floppy I made, I get the following 4 messages before the computer stops working:
request_module[block-module-33]: Root fs not mounted
VFS: Cannot open root device "2105" or 21:05
Please append a correct "root=" boot option
Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 21:05
I've tried hitting escape at the Lilo screen to get the boot: prompt, and typed "linux root=/dev/hdeX" where I tried replacing X with the number of every partition on my harddrive (yes, my main hd is hde, not hda or b or...). None of them worked. I saw this solution several places, which is why I tried it.
The other solution I've found is reinstalling, which I'd rather avoid doing, despite Mandrake's very easy installer.
Are there any other solutions for my problem?
I hate Windows.