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Old 01-18-2005, 04:58 PM   #1
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kernel 2.4 -> kernel 2.6 problems with Maxtor SATA


I'm new to linux and i've completed my debian 'sarge' netinstall. Now when I want to compile a new kernel I get an error:

VFS: Cannot open root device "sda3" or unknown-block(8,3)
Please append a correct "root=" boot option
Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(8,3)

I know that if I switch from kernel 2.4 to 2.6.10 I have to use the scsi drivers for my SATA disc.
So I've changed the hde3 to sda3 in my grub loader.

Still I have the same problem here.

I've uploaded my .config file and my outputs of fdisk etc here:

I hope someone can help me...

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Old 01-18-2005, 11:13 PM   #2
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Well, I don't have an answer for you other than try a different HD. I have had many problems with Maxtor. It kept dropping the boot sector. I thought it was a virus until I ran the maxblaster util from Maxtor. Of course the warranty ran out just prior to the problem!!!
Old 01-19-2005, 02:58 AM   #3
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No, it has to do with the hde -> sda conversion.
I've installed a clean 'netinstall' debian directly with kernel 2.6 by typing "linux26" at boot and my system works now. I think there has to be more to change with upgrading from kernel 2.4 to 2.6


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