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Old 04-19-2005, 10:14 AM   #1
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Kernel Panic (!) - not syncing

Recently installed Fedora3. Today installed a driver for my BT voyager 100 ADSL modem (well I got as far as installing the .rpm package) at which point I gave up after not being able to ./configure.

On restart my system hangs at 'Configuring Kernel parameters' part of bootup. I did a debug on restart and all went well until this:

Mount:error 6 mounting ext3
Mount:error 2 mounting none
Switching to new root
Switchroot: Mount failed:22
Umount /initrd/dv failed:2
Kernel panic - not syncing attempting to kill init!

System hangs, repeated this with ADSL unattached & ditto....

Seeing as I only saw the light yesterday, I have absolutely no idea of what I am doing, but isnt that part of the fun?

I've got no problem with a clean install solution, but I would like to 'know' whats going on?

Old 04-20-2005, 07:27 PM   #2
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you need to see if the fedora install disk has a revoery mode and make usre your disks are ok. secondly was the rpm you installed for your version of FEDORA? if there's no recovery mode boot option for Fedora, I'd get a gentoo liveCD, and then try to follow the gentoo howto to make sure your hard drives will stil mount (this hsould also work under fedora).

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Old 09-14-2006, 12:15 PM   #3
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Help me

Hi friends
I am Nisha.
I tried installing fedora core 3 on my virtual PC 2004. But i got an error saying : kernel panic!: not syncng: tried to kill idle process.
I am unable to fix this problem.
As i got this error i tried installing ubuntu on the same virtual PC and ended up with the same error.

Can someone please guide me and tell me how to fix this.



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