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Old 07-30-2013, 03:03 AM   #1
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Ubuntu Installation - Kernel panic


I am trying to install Ubuntu on a desktop PC. Its a core2duo with 2 GB ram and a 40 GB IDE HDD. Nothing is installed on the hard drive and it is empty with two partitions of 15 GB and 25 GB.

Booting with a Ubuntu installation CD I get this error:
[ 3.304172] Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block (0,0)

I have tried downloading is ISOs for Ubuntu 10, 11 and 12 and all of the ISO's are giving me the same error on different machines.

Need help with this. Thanks!
Old 07-30-2013, 04:01 AM   #2
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Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block (0,0)
That error is telling you it's read in the kernel, and booted it (bios wise). Now the kernel has to support the filesystem, and it doesn't. Or else the filesystem is a dud. Have you got an initrd?
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Yes. the installation CD has the initrd in /casper/initrd.lz

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The file system can't be a dud. I installed Windows Xp on it and it installed without a problem.
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The standard questons; did you verify the download with the md5 checksum after download? did you burn the CD/DVD as an image? did you burn it at a slow speed?

When you boot an Ubuntu CD/DVD, you should see two options. Install or Try without installing. Which one do you choose? Or, do you get this error prior to that? At what point do you see this error?

You might want to clarify as in your initial post you indicte a drive with two partitions with nothing on and in your last post you indicate you installed xp. Do you have xp on it now or did you have it on before?

Have either of your partitions been formatted? If so, what filesystem?
Old 07-30-2013, 08:36 AM   #5
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Yancek, thanks for the reply
I figured that it had to do someting with the media. Redownloaded and burnt at 16x and everything went flawlessly


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