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Old 01-24-2014, 02:06 AM   #1
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installing slackware on usb-stick with kernel panic


Hello,

i tried to install slackware11 on an old thin client on a usb-stick to boot and work from it. Everything is suitable on the bios for this. The installation was going ok and i tried to cklick on packages i need and deselect the others. I choosed the 2.4.33 generic kernel. After the installation i tried to boot the system, but it ends with a kernel panic. My first idea was that it could be the usb module whet it try to load them. But is there any other suggestion?

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Old 01-24-2014, 06:55 AM   #2
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Probably this kernel doesn't includes the driver supporting the file system used for your / partition and didn't make an initrd including it.

To make sure we need to know what is this file system and exactly which kernel you used.

But you'll probably save you same hassle just installing huge26.s (kernel 2.6.17) instead of a generic kernel, as this one has everything built in.
 
Old 01-24-2014, 07:00 AM   #3
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Thank you Didier Spaier.

I need the 2.4 Kernel. During the installation it told me it would install a generic 2.4.33 kernel. So which one can i use with usb support and 2.4 kernel?

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Old 01-24-2014, 07:28 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by rasidrasid View Post
Thank you Didier Spaier.

I need the 2.4 Kernel. During the installation it told me it would install a generic 2.4.33 kernel. So which one can i use with usb support and 2.4 kernel?

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I just checked and none of the 2.4 kernels has the support for USB built-in:
Code:
bash-4.2$ grep -r 'CONFIG_USB=' *
adaptec.s/config:CONFIG_USB=m
ataraid.i/config:CONFIG_USB=m
bare.i/config:CONFIG_USB=m
bareacpi.i/config:CONFIG_USB=m
huge26.s/config:CONFIG_USB=y
ibmmca.s/config:CONFIG_USB=m
jfs.s/config:CONFIG_USB=m
modules/config:CONFIG_USB=m
old_cd.i/config:CONFIG_USB=m
pportide.i/config:CONFIG_USB=m
raid.s/config:CONFIG_USB=m
sata.i/config:CONFIG_USB=m
scsi.s/config:CONFIG_USB=m
scsi2.s/config:CONFIG_USB=m
scsi3.s/config:CONFIG_USB=m
speakup.s/config:CONFIG_USB=m
test26.s/config:CONFIG_USB=y
xfs.s/config:CONFIG_USB=m
zipslack.s/config:CONFIG_USB=m
bash-4.2$
So, you'll have to reinstall, then chroot to /mnt, make an initrd including needed modules, adapt lilo.conf accordingly then run lilo before rebooting.

If you need guidance to do that, just ask.

PS the greeting message of Slackware 11.0 says:
Code:
In a pinch, you can boot your system from here with a command like:

For example, if the Linux system were on /dev/hda1.

boot: sata.i root=/dev/hda1 noinitrd ro
Would that work, that could save you a re installation, but I'm afraid that wouldn't, as sata.i doesn't have USB support built-in

PPS But first, check in the BIOS that your machine can boot from USB...

Last edited by Didier Spaier; 01-24-2014 at 07:33 AM. Reason: PPS added
 
Old 01-24-2014, 07:31 AM   #5
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Thank you Didier Spaier.

I will try it. I hope it works for me.

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