LinuxQuestions.org
View the Most Wanted LQ Wiki articles.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Distributions > Slackware
User Name
Password
Slackware This Forum is for the discussion of Slackware Linux.

Notices

Reply
 
Search this Thread
Old 06-19-2005, 10:42 AM   #1
dejavu_01
Member
 
Registered: May 2004
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Distribution: Simply Mepis 8.0 32bit
Posts: 89

Rep: Reputation: 15
Angry Slackware10.1 boot error


Hi, I've installed various version of Slackware on my notebook with success before but this time when I tried to install slackware10.1 on my spare HDD of my desktop, everything went fine during the install but after that when it boot, after a fewpage scroll by it gave the following error.


VFS: Insert root floppy and press ENTER

when I press enter, it said

VFS: Cannot open root device "202" or 202
Please append a correct "root=" boot option
Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 02:02


I boot the system again with the slackware installation CD, and use the fdisk or cfdisk to check and see the primary partition already has the boot flag and the lilo.conf has pointed to hda which is the correct device.

My hardware is 2200 AMD Sempron on ASUS A7V880

What could cause the problem?
 
Old 06-19-2005, 11:08 AM   #2
uselpa
Senior Member
 
Registered: Oct 2004
Location: Luxemburg
Distribution: Slackware, OS X
Posts: 1,507

Rep: Reputation: 46
Still, can you post lilo.conf and the output of "cfdisk -P s" ?
 
Old 06-19-2005, 11:17 AM   #3
egag
Senior Member
 
Registered: Jul 2004
Location: Netherlands
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 2,721

Rep: Reputation: 52
------------
VFS: Insert root floppy and press ENTER
------------

did you get that after the complete install and reboot at the end ?

maybe the bootfloppy is still in the drive...?

egag
 
Old 06-26-2005, 10:29 AM   #4
dejavu_01
Member
 
Registered: May 2004
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Distribution: Simply Mepis 8.0 32bit
Posts: 89

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
Quote:
Originally posted by egag
------------
VFS: Insert root floppy and press ENTER
------------

did you get that after the complete install and reboot at the end ?

maybe the bootfloppy is still in the drive...?

egag

Yes, I got that after the install is completed and I was back at the prompt and issue reboot command.

No, I boot the installation from the installation CD.
 
Old 06-26-2005, 11:14 AM   #5
egag
Senior Member
 
Registered: Jul 2004
Location: Netherlands
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 2,721

Rep: Reputation: 52
that's a strange thing.
i get the message that i quoted normally when i install with floppys.
i don't know where it comes from, i think an install script or so...

but can you still boot with the cd and the " mount root=....etc " option ?
there might also be smth wrong in your /etc/lilo.conf file.
maybe you can post it here ?

egag
 
Old 06-26-2005, 08:13 PM   #6
dejavu_01
Member
 
Registered: May 2004
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Distribution: Simply Mepis 8.0 32bit
Posts: 89

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
hi, I just recalled that the harddisk that I tried Linux on doesn't have its' jumper set to "master" position, it was set to "cable select". Maybe this is the cause? I'll try correct this when I get home and see what happens.
 
Old 06-28-2005, 06:48 AM   #7
dejavu_01
Member
 
Registered: May 2004
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Distribution: Simply Mepis 8.0 32bit
Posts: 89

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
Despite I tried set the jumper hd to master, I still get the same error message.
I've looked closly at the boot screen again today and before the said error message in my first post, there are these suspecious messages.

Code:
Partition check:
hda: hda1 hda2 <hda5 hda6>
SCSI subsystem driver Revision: 1.00
kmod: failed to exec /sbin/modprobe -s -k sesi_hostadapter, errno=2
kmod: failed to exec /sbin/modprobe -s -k sesi_hostadapter, errno=2
kmod: failed to exec /sbin/modprobe -s -k sesi_hostadapter, errno=2
md: linear personality registered as nr 1
md: raid0 personality registered as nr 2
md: raid1 personality registered as nr 3
md: raid5 personality registered as nr 4

I really want to install and learn Slackware...
 
Old 06-28-2005, 07:02 AM   #8
keefaz
Senior Member
 
Registered: Mar 2004
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 4,551

Rep: Reputation: 120Reputation: 120
Quote:
the lilo.conf has pointed to hda
Ok, but which hda partition ?
 
Old 06-28-2005, 07:44 AM   #9
dejavu_01
Member
 
Registered: May 2004
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Distribution: Simply Mepis 8.0 32bit
Posts: 89

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
Quote:
Originally posted by keefaz
Ok, but which hda partition ?
could it be that my mainboard has SATA port which slackware10.1 default kernel doesn't support, althought the port isn't used since I have only an IDE harddrive.

I strongly beleave lilo points to hda1 which is a correct partition,
 
Old 06-28-2005, 07:49 AM   #10
keefaz
Senior Member
 
Registered: Mar 2004
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 4,551

Rep: Reputation: 120Reputation: 120
No, the SATA bus has nothing to do with the IDE
(I too have a SATA port, but installed slackware with
standard bare.i kernel)

If you think that hda1 is the correct partition, try
to boot with a Slackware CD and test it with giving
root=/dev/hda1 at the prompt
 
Old 06-29-2005, 07:51 AM   #11
dejavu_01
Member
 
Registered: May 2004
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Distribution: Simply Mepis 8.0 32bit
Posts: 89

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
Quote:
Originally posted by keefaz
No, the SATA bus has nothing to do with the IDE
(I too have a SATA port, but installed slackware with
standard bare.i kernel)

If you think that hda1 is the correct partition, try
to boot with a Slackware CD and test it with giving
root=/dev/hda1 at the prompt
Strangly enought, after I boot the slackware rescue disk with the root=/dev/hda1 option, this is what I got.

Code:
Could not find kernel image: root=/dev/hda1
But I saw that there's vmlinuz already present in /boot !!!??? so is this concern something else?

When installing slackware, my harddisk is partitioned into

hda1 boot primary type Linux ext3 (for / )
hda5 extend type Linux ext3 (this is for /home)
hda6 swap type Linux swap

Is there anything wrong with this?

Last edited by dejavu_01; 06-29-2005 at 07:55 AM.
 
Old 06-29-2005, 08:08 AM   #12
keefaz
Senior Member
 
Registered: Mar 2004
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 4,551

Rep: Reputation: 120Reputation: 120
Please follow the prompt when you boot from the install CD
it gives a boot line example (I can not remember)
Maybe you have to tell :
bare.i root=/dev/hda1 noinitrd ro
 
Old 06-30-2005, 09:26 AM   #13
dejavu_01
Member
 
Registered: May 2004
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Distribution: Simply Mepis 8.0 32bit
Posts: 89

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
Quote:
Originally posted by keefaz
Please follow the prompt when you boot from the install CD
it gives a boot line example (I can not remember)
Maybe you have to tell :
bare.i root=/dev/hda1 noinitrd ro
To make long story short, I was able to boot into my system and startup KDE with the help (again) of the recovery disk. But the system refuse to boot in a normal way (without the help of recovery CD). Hence, now I suspect that LILO has been wrongly installed. One question, giving that I devoted entirely one spare harddisk to linux, should LILO be installed on the "super block" OR "master boot record". What I did was I installed it on the super block, which might be the problem...? IMO
 
Old 06-30-2005, 09:35 AM   #14
uselpa
Senior Member
 
Registered: Oct 2004
Location: Luxemburg
Distribution: Slackware, OS X
Posts: 1,507

Rep: Reputation: 46
If it's the only boot loader you use, install it on MBR. It will happily boot Linux and Windows.
 
Old 06-30-2005, 10:13 AM   #15
dejavu_01
Member
 
Registered: May 2004
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Distribution: Simply Mepis 8.0 32bit
Posts: 89

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 15
Quote:
Originally posted by uselpa
If it's the only boot loader you use, install it on MBR. It will happily boot Linux and Windows.
Then I suspect this is the very cause of the very problem since the beginning. I'll go for a reinstall again but now change lilo to MBR.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
slackware10 crashing xintolerancex Linux - Software 3 12-07-2004 07:06 AM
vncserver + slackware10 ivanhasou Linux - Software 2 09-19-2004 11:28 PM
Slackware10 little questions... theonebeyond Slackware 8 09-02-2004 01:19 AM
swaret+slackware10 cholombeh Slackware - Installation 3 08-11-2004 09:17 AM
slackware10.0 kdm error micahforbrains Slackware 2 06-26-2004 12:13 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:14 PM.

Main Menu
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
identi.ca: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration