Am having problems stating up my linux system. I have installed Redhat 9 on my computer. The problem first started when i initiated the machine to reboot. The computer seemed to take longer than usual to startup and "hung" while starting up. It issued a warning during this stage of the startup to the effect of the "system being shut down abnormally/incorrectly" and that "it was going to sleep for 30seconds" (i cant quite remember the exact message but it was along those lines). The system kept on issuing the same message "over and over" (the sleep message) and being stubbornly impatient i restarted the computer!! (That may have been the worst thing to do i know). After restarting, the system could not startup but issued an error instead as shown below:
"VFS: Mounted root (ext2 filesystem)
VFS: Cannot open root device “LABEL=/” or 00:00
Please append a correct “root=” boot option
Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 00:00"
Being a newbie am not sure how to proceed from this point without losing any important data! Am sure the same has happened before to anyone who forced a linux machine to re-start. I would appreciate any help forwarded to me and also advice anyone against my folly. Thanks.
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