Boot problems Kernel configuration issue.
Currently, I have Slackware 10 installed on my box but I cannot get it to load properly.
Even with the aid of floppy boot disks (which I hate to use) it will not boot.
The best I can get is a boot into the root terminal - darkstar@root .
A bit of history:
Im using the now infamous Via VT8237 southbridge as part of my ASUS motherboard.
SATA SATA SATA. Im also using a Seagate Barracuda 80GB S-ATA drive.
Originally I could do nothing. Then thanks to Bonecrushers floppy image sata.i, I could
finally use 'cfdisk' to configure my partitions. They are as follows
1 x 50GB /ext2 for my (now installed and configured?) Slack. as boot
1 x configured linux swap partition - 1GB (I have 512mb RAM)
1 x unformatted partion - 10GB also as boot (I believe this was the cause of LILO
problems, which are hopefully now gone)
1 x unformattedf parttion which I would eventually like to use as /home
That leaves 9GB left over for future.
I should also point out that my processor is an Athlon64, though I dont think that is
I'll cut to the chase:
Firstly, after installing slack, my BIOS is now speaking to me in what I believe to be
Spanish (was English). I get this message if there is no boot medium:
'No se encuentra el sistema operativo'
I don't really care about that for now as I dont intend to have no boot medium very
I am currently using my Master Boot Record to base LILO. After deciding not to mess with
LILO in expert mode, I set it up using simple. It failed to install in my Linux
partition. Because I have 2 boot partitions? Because Im still using Bonecrushers sata.i
as kernel? I dont know. So I elected to put it into my MBR. I know, this may have beena
But the results were better, I could now launch Linux from boot in LILO - no more 'No se
The real problem now is that I keep getting the following message at boot:
'VFS: Insert root floppy and press enter.'
No matter what floppy I use, it doesn't work. Its not even trying to open a disk.
'Cannot open root device "202" or 2:02
Please append a "root=" boot option.
So, thats as far as I get!
The only way I can get into any kind of installed kernel is when I use my startup disk.
That foreces me to
mount root=/dev/sda1 ro- just gets me into darkstar@root in read only
If I try rw, I get nowhere.
If I try to mount /dev/sda1 rw I just get right back to 'VFS: Insert floppy..'
My feeling is that I need to get back to C_onfigure my syystem using the boot disks and
running setup from CD and just install a new Kernel. Could that work, or is it something
Is it beyond repair. Would a fresh install be better.
Any suggestions, advice etc. is most welcome.
Sorry to suck up your time :|
Athlon64 3000+ (s754)
Seagate Barracuda 80GB S-ATA Striped
Asus K8V-DX (uses VT8237 South bridge)
nVidia FX 5700 VTD 256
1 stick of 512mb PC3200 RAM