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Old 03-09-2004, 07:43 PM   #1
xothermic
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Dual boot / Grub trouble


I am trying to dual boot windows and a HDD install of knoppix/debian. I switched to grub and installed it to my MBR. I am able to boot windows still, but when I boot linux, it says kernel panic: VFS: unable to mount root fs on 03:04

I have a laptop, one 40gb hard drive. The partitions are:

hda1 windows c: - 8gb ntfs
hda2 windows d: - 24gb fat32
hda3 Swap - 1gb
hda4 \ - 7gb reiserfs

my menu.lst file is:

default 0

timeout 10

title linux
root (hd0,3)
kernel (hd0,3)/boot/vmlinuz-2.4.24-xfs root=/dev/hda4

title windows 2000
root (hd0,0)
chainloader +1
savedefault

Thanks in advance!

Eric
 
Old 03-09-2004, 08:51 PM   #2
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I had a similiar problem and I think you need the line with kernel to say hda4. Grub thinks differently then Linux so the boot line is right but use hda4 (no ()'s). I am not on a linux box or I could post my menu.lst

HTH
 
Old 03-09-2004, 11:45 PM   #3
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Are you sure? I thought grub started at 0 where linux starts at 1. That is why it says hda3, it is really hda4.

Can't do any harm, I'll give it a shot.

Thanks,
Eric
 
Old 03-10-2004, 12:11 AM   #4
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yes you are right. grub (hd0,3) is hda4 in linux. So the numbers won't be the same in grub.
 
Old 03-10-2004, 11:35 AM   #5
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Anyone have any other ideas?
 
  


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