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Old 04-06-2004, 11:36 AM   #1
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booting vmlinuz/initrd from a bootloader

Im not sure how to go about doing this, I have tried to use syslinux and loadlin but they both keep cumming up unable to fint "ROOT=" device regardless of what I tell it the root device is, so I there a bootloader that can do this job without asking too many questions or falling over at evert step, Im trying to boot thinstation but im hounded by errors

please help

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Old 04-06-2004, 12:13 PM   #2
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What do you have a bootable CD or are you only using loadlin ?

Remember, to mount a root partition you must have one, if you havent installed Linux on this computer, or made any root partitions you will never mount the root partition except for maybe a floppy, or an initrd in memory from a CD boot.
Old 04-07-2004, 03:18 AM   #3
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no its not a cd boot Im trying to boot off of a hard drive ive been told that lilo can do the job i need, I have tried to use loadlin/linload whatever its name, but keeps stopping on "kernel panic" and states that there is no root device "root=" its telling me that there is no such root device even though I have configured the config file to have the root as as a hDD device ie /dev/hda1, how would I configure LILO to do this job? and is the initrd required to boot the OS.
Old 04-07-2004, 04:09 PM   #4
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You can use GRUB, example menu.lst;
title Linux ramdisk
kernel (hd0,0)/bzImage root=/dev/ram ramdisk_size=16384
initrd (hd0,0)/ramdisk.img.gz

Double-check that you have support for ram-disk and initrd in the kernel.
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Old 04-07-2004, 10:47 PM   #5
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SYSLINUX can only boot Linux from a FAT partition, so if you have "ROOT=/dev/hda1" that isn't going to work because Linux can't mount a FAT volume as root.

I have found that SYSLINUX works flawlessly for me, so something must be wrong in either your setup, or what you are trying to do.

Post your SYSLINUX.CFG file.


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