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Old 01-11-2002, 10:07 AM   #1
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Unhappy Problems installing Mandrake 8.1 on a Compaq Evo D300V


I am having a problem installing Mandrake 8.1 on a Compaq Evo D300V computer. It stops right at the beginning of the installation with the following message:

VFS: Cannot open root device "ram3" or 01:03
Please append a correct "root=" boot option
Kernel Panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 01:03

I would greatly appreciate any help on this...

Old 01-11-2002, 10:48 AM   #2
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Hello again..

Well, after researching a dozen more sites, I finally found one with an answer... Looks like this is not a new problem, but few answers had been given so far... Thought I'd share it in here, in case someone else is having the same problem...

So, here's the solution that worked for me:

1. At the first Mandrake screen, type F1.
2. At the command prompt that follows, type "linux mem=512M"
3. The installation starts!

Good day for everybody!
Old 04-05-2002, 08:30 AM   #3
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doesn't work either

i tried the above tip but it doesn't work on my machine, the installation try's to start but after loading two files after the typed message (linux mem=128M) i get a black screen and my computer got stucked.

any other ideas???

please help.
Old 04-05-2002, 08:54 PM   #4
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Are you running a system with an intergrated video card?

I found that when I installed Mandrake 8.2 that I needed to set mem=120M (128M of RAM, 8Mb shared for the video card) before the installer would work.

Hope that helps

Old 04-06-2002, 04:23 AM   #5
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you're right it was the integrated video card
thanx a lot
regards k_brother


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