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Old 04-02-2004, 11:24 AM   #1
ericthyred
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Problems booting RedHat 9.0


Hi,

I had a fully working dual booting WinXP / RedHat 9.0 installation on my laptop till yesterday.

I decided to reinstall WinXP and now my RedHat doesn't boot

My Config:

1 single HDD partitioned as follows:

1 NTFS partition for the Win XP system
1 NTFS partition for data
1 ext3 partition for swap
1 ext3 partition for the RH system

LILO installed on a floppy.

I only formated the WinXP system partition, leaving intact the others

Booting process begins as usual, but it stops and my laptop freezes

These are the last lines of the booting process:

Loading ext3.0 Module
Mounting /proc file system
Creating block devices
Creating root devices
Mounting root filesystem
VFS: Can't find ext3 filesystem on dev ide 0(3,3)
Mount: Error 22 mounting ext3
Pivotroot: pivot-root (/sysroot, /sysroot/initrd) failed:2
umount /initrd/proc failed: 2
Freeing unused kernel memory: 132K freed
Kernel panic: No init found. Try passing init= option to kernel

Thank you

Last edited by ericthyred; 04-02-2004 at 11:30 AM.
 
Old 04-02-2004, 12:01 PM   #2
shanenin
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I am not sure, but would be happy to take a guess. When you reinstalled windows, did you add a partition? It appears that the kernel is looking for your root partition but can't find it.. If you added a partiton that would change the device location of your root partition(redhat).
 
Old 04-02-2004, 12:05 PM   #3
shanenin
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assuming redhat is your 4th partition you can boot your lilo-boot disk with this parameter
root=/dev/hda4
 
Old 04-04-2004, 10:41 AM   #4
ericthyred
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Thanx a lot shanenin

Booting with the option root=/dev/hda4 worked !!!

It is strange because I didn't add any new partitions during WinXP installation...

Anyway, in case somebody else would have this same issue, I have changed this parameter in:

/mnt/floppy/syslinux.cfg so I don't have to type it each time I boot my RH box.

Again, thanx a lot
 
Old 04-04-2004, 11:17 AM   #5
ericthyred
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Now my swap partition is not detected.

I think what happened was that both partitions got swapped.

Now my swap partition is in /dev/hda4 instead of /dev/hda3

How can I change this setting ?

Thanx
 
Old 04-04-2004, 11:24 AM   #6
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you can check the location of all of your partitions with the command as root
Code:
/sbin/fdisk -l
These two files need to be looked at
/etc/lilo.conf
/etc/fstab

make sure your swap partition is the same one as listed in your /etc/fstab
 
  


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