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Has the Fedora actually been installed yet? Or are you just starting? Since you say the install failed, I suspect you are still trying to install, in which case you should not need to specify a root= option yet. (I haven't tried a Fedora, but I venture to guess that the actual installation process is not that much different from any other Linux installation.)
With any of the Linuxes I have installed to date, one need only specify the kernel to boot to use FOR the installation, such as "Boot: Linux". After the installation has been done, if you later want to boot your installation using the DVD, you would need the root= option. You would specify the partition (/dev/hdx#) where you installed the Linux to. Like:
Boot: Linux root=/dev/hdg3
if you had installed the Linux to /dev/hdg3
Does this help? If not, please clarify/describe exactly what steps you take during this process of installing.
The hard drive on my computer is empty.
I am trying to install Fedorah.
It seems to me that the prompt I am getting relates to where the
system expects to find the image....I may be wrong, of course.
Well, the image is, hopefully, on the DVD. And, as I failed to install
straight from the DVD, I got:
Cannot open device="<NULL>" or unknown-block(202,3)
Please append a correct "root=" boot option.
Kernel Panic - not synching
VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(202,3)
...This is when I tried the linux root=/dev/hdg3....
Might need someone with Fedora experience to help you, but:
1: the first post, it found the compressed image apparently, because it said "found compressed image..".
2: You are correct, the compressed image is, of course, on the DVD for the time being.
3: If you can identify what device the DVD sees itself as being inserted into, maybe specifying that as the root filesystem would work. For example, a DVD or CD drive is often something like /dev/hdb (when it is the second device) or /dev/hdc (when it is the 3rd device) or could be /dev/sr0 (when it is the only SCSI optical device).. Hard to say, and I do not know a quick easy way to figure out what the DVD-ROM is being labeled at that early stage in the process.
You might even try root=/dev/cdrom and see what it says..
EDIT: Are there no instructions whatsoever included with this book/DVD?
Last edited by GrapefruiTgirl; 05-13-2008 at 01:09 PM.