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Old 12-05-2006, 04:46 PM   #1
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Boot panic with kernel update + bootsplash

I just updated my kernel and installed it with a new bootsplash screen. I restarted my computer and it boot panicked. I tried reinstalling the kernel without the boot splash screen and it still panicked. I get the following message: append a correct "root=" boot option

I am triple booting windows XP Vista and Linux. I am totally lost and dont know what to do.

title Debian GNU/Linux, kernel 2.6.17
root (hd0,2)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.17 root=/dev/hda3 ro splash=silent vga=791 sp$savedefault

title Debian GNU/Linux, kernel 2.6.17 (single-user mode)
root (hd0,2)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.17 root=/dev/hda3 ro splash=silent vga=791 sp$savedefault


# This is a divider, added to separate the menu items below from the Debian
# ones.
title Other operating systems:

# This entry automatically added by the Debian installer for a non-linux OS
# on /dev/hda1
title Microsoft Windows XP Professional
root (hd0,0)
Old 12-07-2006, 01:45 AM   #2
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Just out of curosity, why do you have the same OS listed twice in your config?
As far as your problem is concerned, are you sure that
is correct? If you think your splash screen is causing you trouble, you might also want to try to boot without the framebuffer as well.
title Debian GNU/Linux, kernel 2.6.17
root (hd0,2)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.17 root=/dev/hda3 ro

Last edited by Penguin of Wonder; 12-07-2006 at 02:15 AM.
Old 12-07-2006, 02:03 AM   #3
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Are you using initramfs (most likely if you are using Etch)? If so, and if you used the splash command to attach a bootsplash to your initramfs, you have only succeeded in corrupting it (splash doesn't work with initramfs, it seems).

I got my bootsplash working in Debian simply by using the make-kpkg scripts to patch and build my kernel into a .deb. If you installed bootsplash and usplash, your mkinitramfs configuration files and scripts will have been modified to cause the mkinitramfs command to automatically append a bootsplash image to your initramfs upon regeneration. Because .deb's created with make-kpkg contain scripts that automatically regenerate the initramfs, you only need to reinstall the kernel .deb to get your bootsplash (and modify your GRUB menu to add the splash kernel parameters).
Old 03-27-2007, 05:17 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by pda_h4x0r
...I got my bootsplash working in Debian simply by using the make-kpkg scripts to patch and build my kernel into a .deb...
Just to double check with this before I go and destroy a perfectly good setup..

I have Debian Etch currently installed with all the updates from apt as of last night. I have downgraded my kernel from the default 2.6.18 that comes with Etch but compiling my own custom kernel. I used the following commands to build and install my kernel:
# cd /usr/src/linux
# make manuconfig
# fakeroot make-kpkg --initrd --revision=custom1.0 kernel_image
# dpkg -i ../linux-image[blah blah].deb
My kernel is up and running fine, and I choose to have the 3 boot images (from make menuconfig - in graphics support - all it does is put up the little peguin at the top of the screen during the boot process while in a framebuffer, much like Knoppix has). I never actually choose any real bootsplash options in the kernel.

I know bootsplash is installed from apt, I can do that tonight, but before I do I just want to double check that I'm not overlooking something vital seeing as I just had this idea like 15 minutes ago to install a bootsplash image.

Any advice I should consider before I continue?

Last edited by BillyGalbreath; 03-27-2007 at 05:18 PM.


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