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I wanted to install the grup bootloader of my SuSE 9.1 on a floppy disk (so far being installed on /dev/hda), and so I did a single modification in the "bootloader" section of yast: I changed the grub location to /dev/fd0 (meanwhile I had a floppy in the floppy drive).
I did not get any errors, so it seemed that the istallation of the bootloader on the floppy was OK.
However, my SuSE does not boot any longer!
Regardless of trying from floppy or hdd: it is stucked just at the beginning with a "grub:" prompt.
Now I replaced grub with lilo, and it actually starts to boot, but it is also stucked with an error:
"Kernel panic: VFS: cannot mount root partition on /dev/hda7"
Here is my present configuration, that does not work.
Could you help me, what is wrong with it?:
Root fs: reiser on /dev/hda7
Fdisk -l output:
Disk /dev/hda: 41.1 GB, 41174138880 bytes
16 heads, 63 sectors/track, 79780 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 1008 * 512 = 516096 bytes
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 * 1 26505 13358016 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hda2 26505 79752 26836582+ f Win95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/hda5 26505 53136 13422276 b Win95 FAT32
/dev/hda6 53137 54144 508000+ 82 Linux swap
/dev/hda7 54145 77030 11534512+ 83 Linux
/dev/hda8 77031 78250 614848+ 83 Linux
/dev/hda9 78251 79751 756472+ 83 Linux
"don't blame it on SUSE ... didn't appear in the menu due to a bug"
"I am sure you have been asked to confirm changes"
SuSE asked: "I have all information for installation, shall I continue?"
This question does not exclude the possibility of subsequent windows where other options may be selected. Since every guys at every forums (not just here) where I asked this question claimed having a "system repair" under the "Installation" menu item, I finally continued (after searching for "system repair" for hours in vain).
Of course, I would not let SuSE to continue, if it had asked: "I am to format your partitions and begin with the installation. Shall I continue?". But this was not the case.
The bug is well documented (see link above). If you decided to go on with the installation anyway, without having a look on the installation parameters, this was your decision. Again, sorry for your loss!