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anjanesh 05-31-2008 11:07 AM

Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(8,1)
 
Hi

I tried installing ubuntu-8.04-desktop-amd64 on my Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 DG33 machine.

Im getting this error for other options too - run ubuntu without installing, check CD for defect.

Code:

[ 58.593255 ] Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(8,1)
What does this mean ?

Im installing this on a blank 500GB hard-disk. Previously I had tried installing the DVD 64-bit version for which live worked but a full installation failed at 61% due to the corrupt download (original iso file).

Thanks

irishbitte 06-07-2008 11:15 PM

Ok, a couple of things:
  • Consider whether your ISO DVD is corrupt
  • Consider that the AMD64 bit version might not be the one you need
  • What kind of hard drive do you have? I presume it's SATA, considering that it's 500GB

Lastly, but probably most importantly, the root partition (8,1), cannot be correct, because that means your kernel is looking for the 1st primary partition on the 8th harddrive! the syntax (8,1) means: (8th HDD, 1st Primary Partition)

Honestly sounds like a corrupt download to me..

anjanesh 06-09-2008 03:17 PM

Quote:

Consider that the AMD64 bit version might not be the one you need
Its the AMD64 bit version I need - I have a 64-bit processor with a blank 500GB SATA hard-disk.
Code:

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
2.4GHz 8MB cache 1066MHz
Intel Desktop MotherBoard DG33
8GB DDR2 RAM 800MHz Transcend (4 x 2GB)
1GB 8600 GT nVidia Graphics Card
500 SATA HDD Western Digital

Quote:

Lastly, but probably most importantly, the root partition (8,1), cannot be correct, because that means your kernel is looking for the 1st primary partition on the 8th harddrive! the syntax (8,1) means: (8th HDD, 1st Primary Partition)
I downloaded Fedora Core 9 x86_64 bit version and similar issue.
Code:

Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block (202,16)
Does this mean it the kernel is looking for the 16th primary partition on the 202nd harddrive ?

irishbitte 06-10-2008 10:15 AM

Ok, in my experience, both Intel and AMD dual core chips sometimes run better with the i386 (32bit) version of ubuntu. I still maintain you should give that a try!

sgwelly 07-13-2008 02:02 AM

I have a similar problem with an 80GB hard drive but the CD works on other machines with no problem. I got the CD from Ubuntu diectly - not a downloaded version. Is there a work around for this?

TightHeadProp 07-14-2008 01:34 PM

Possible Solution
 
Hey guys, I'm new to ubuntu, so I claim no expertise, but I think I may have solved a similar problem to the one you are having.

I was trying to solve a problem with install and found a relevant thread on ubuntuforums.

I followed some suggestions, switched my SATA mode to RAID from IDE, then did what tofuconfetti suggested and used the install command line and used the 'irqpoll' switch.

From that point, I hit the 'Kernel panic - not syncing...unable to mount' error you guys seem to be having.

I went back and switched my SATA mode back to 'IDE' and it worked like a charm!

I am happy to say I am looking at 8.04 LTS desktop right now!

Anyway, thought I'd share. I know very little about ubuntu, but perhaps this points to an issue with your drive configuration?

I don't know, hope this helps, good luck!

TightHeadProp 07-14-2008 01:35 PM

Had to post one before it would let me give the link:
 
Here is the link to the thread I referenced in the previous post:

http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-765195.html

jnostern 02-10-2010 02:02 PM

I have same problem
 
I have 1.172.090 Kernal Panic-not syncing : VFS: unable tomount root fs on unknown-block (0,0).
Ubuntu 9.10 is on an AMD processor with a 200 GB IDE hard drive. I then boot in recovery mode, go to command line login and then reboot. After this every time the computer will start normally. If I reboot, it will reboot, but once turned off it goes through this process again. Thanks for any help. I saw the part about the corrupted download. How do I make sure it is not corrupt when I down load it? Thanks for any help.

coolstar organization 04-01-2010 01:17 PM

You can make sure that it's not corrupted by using an md5, or sha1 sum.

Patricck 01-27-2011 01:00 PM

Solution
 
Hi,

there is a solution for this issue here:

http://itslaves.com/web/guest/forum/.../message/66813


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