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Old 03-10-2006, 05:50 PM   #1
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Trying to Update kernel. Kernel Panic!!


I recently tried to update my kernel from 2.6.11-1.1369 to 2.6.15... via yum. Thought everything had gone ok, but then i tried to boot from this new kernel and i got this error message

Kernel Panic - not syncing Attempted to kill init

Has anybody got any ideas? And what is the advantage of updating the kernel anyway.
Old 03-11-2006, 08:25 AM   #2
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what version of fedora?

The advantage of updating is to take advantage of new security fixes, and increased stability
Old 03-11-2006, 09:36 AM   #3
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There should have been a more informative error message a few lines prior to the one you reported, which is the symptom, not the cause.

Since yum only installs the newer kernel, your older kernel should still be available, and you should be able to boot it and look in /var/log/ to see if there were some messages posted.

Also, if you're using GRUB to boot, use GRUB to edit the new kernel= line to remove the quiet at the end of it, which will give you more detailed messages during the boot. (Editing the boot instruction in GRUB only changes the copy in memory, not the actual boot file.)

The actual cause of the boot failure should be several lines before the "Kernel panic" line, and is usually some disk problem, of failure to activate the correct logical volume.

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Old 03-12-2006, 05:28 AM   #4
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Cheers for your responses, but i sorted the problem out. I had edited the .conf file so that fedora didn't automatically boot (i run dual boot with windows), and somehow messed up the lines for the new kernel. I sorted it out and it boots fine now. Cheers for your help. Regards,


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