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Old 08-26-2004, 12:04 PM   #1
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Unhappy Problems booting a fresh gentoo install on onboard sata

Hi folks i just made a fresh install of gentoo on my epox 8hda amd64 box and i get this error when booting.

VFS: Cannot open root device "sda3" or unknown-block (0,0)
Please append a correct "root=" option
Kernel panic: VFS: unable to mount root fs on unknown-block (0,0)
I only have 1 sata disk connected and it's on the Sil3114 onboard sata controller.

I use grub as bootloader and it setup like this:

# Boot automatically after 30 secs.
timeout 30

# By default, boot the first entry.
default 0

# Splash image location

# For booting GNU/Linux
title=Gentoo Linux 2.6.8-r2
root (hd0,0)
kernel /kernel-2.6.8-gentoo-r2 root=/dev/sda3 vga=795
I checked my kernel and i think i didn't mis anything so if anyone knows what i should do please let me know.

Last edited by stoned; 08-26-2004 at 12:06 PM.
Old 08-27-2004, 02:05 AM   #2
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Since your grub.conf looks fine, it is almost certainly your kernel. You need to make sure you have support for your SATA chipset compiled into the kernel (ie. not as a module) this is found under "Low-level drivers" under the SCSI menu. You also need SCSI Disk Support (also not as a module). This last one is a fact most how-to's seem to skip.
Old 08-27-2004, 02:42 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply i'm gonna recompile the kernel tonight if i can find the time i'll keep you posted on my progress.
Old 08-29-2004, 05:43 AM   #4
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Well i've got it running i did forget something in the kernel.

Things are running smooth.


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