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I've been trying to put Slackware 3.4 on my old 386 for a few days now. I managed to get all the files loaded onto the HD, installed LILO in the MBR, pointed it at /dev/hda2, and put the HD into the 386. I got it to start from the HD, but when Linux is booting, it stops after the partition check. I get an error that says something like
VFS: cannot open root fs 03:02
Kernel panic: VFS: cannot mount root fs 03:02
or something to that effect. I have no idea what could be wrong.
Distribution: Slackware, Windows, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Mac OS X
hi -Dice, it's me again,i have 2 ?'s 4 u. did the link i provided help w/ you're problem you posted earlier about os/2 loading from rom? ?2 as to the kernel panic, i'm not sure,but, i'm wondering if you're installing w/ different hardware and more specifically a different processor, will linux (any version) handle that? my experience has been that if you load an os on a disk and then put that disk in a different box there will be real probs unless you have boxes w/ identical hardware and your ghosting.
Yes, thanks Peace, that link helped a lot. It boots from the HD now. The second one...totally different hardware, (386 and a P2 400mhz) although it's still 386 architecture, so theoretically shouldn't it be the same?
from that info (if i understand it correctly) the base architecture is the same, however, "there are subtle differences" (taken from the above link). so in summary i think if you install the os where it is going to run you should be fine. if there is a way to install from 1 machine and then boot up and run in another i'm unaware of it, maybe there's a linux ninja out there who will read this and educate us both. good luck.