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I reinstalled slackware last night on my laptop to get a fresh install. Before I reinstalled last night I had tried many times and using many differnet methods I found on google. Every method I tried it said it worked but everytime I am getting the same error message when I try to boot it.
VFS: Cannot open root device "301" or unknown block (3,1)
Please append a correct "root=" boot option
Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block (3,1)
So i tried to install with the fresh install using this guide:
Since I'm running an IDE system with reiserfs, the only thing I need initrd to load is the reiserfs modules
I googled and it seemed like reiserfs would be what to use for the -m switch, but I am not even sure whats reisefrs is so maybe I messed up there. Do most computers use reiserfs or what are the other options? the man page for mkinitrd had its only example with it too so I assumed it was that.
for step 5 i had lilo just like it should be i checked that a few times, so maybe 4 is where i messed up.
reiserfs is a file system, it's the way your data is organized inside a partition. I don't remember the default for Slackware, but usually it's a ext2, ext3 or reiserfs partition. Try putting the other two modules in your mkinitrd (I think you've to separate the module names with a ":" ).
Also make sure the -k option in mkinitrd matches your kernel number.
About step 5, you could've forgotten to add the initrd= parameter, that's why I told you to check it.
A more advanced command would be:
mkinitrd -c -k 126.96.36.199 -m reiserfs -f reiserfs -r /dev/hdb1
That tolds to use that module for hdb1.
Also if it's ext3 add the jdb module as stated on that page.
I just recently installed Slackware 10.1 on my new i9300, remember having problems after I upgraded to 2.6. Initial kernel used drivers where the HD was /dev/hdx, but with 2.6 it was now a /dev/sdx. I had to edit fstab and modify lilo a bit but now its working. May need to mount the disc once you boot off slackware disc then modify fstab?
So, are you compiling your own kernel? I thought you were using 2.6 from Slackware CD 2. Take a look at your mother manual (or a reference in Internet) and see that you're adding correct modules in Linux kernel. Try making the built-in (not as module) so you won't need a initrd disk.
What I was trying to explain, when I switched to 2.6, the driver used to detect my HD changed, and in doing so instead of being hda anymore it became sda. Took me a couple times to realize this, had to recompile the kernel to get the new driver in as well. What laptop do you have? Your lspci resembles mine quite a bit.
I then had to change fstab entries for /dev/hdax to /dev/sdax :