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Old 07-16-2003, 02:50 AM   #1
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Compaq evo N800c & RH9: end_request i/0 error

Hi i try to describe my problem shortly and hope that someone is able to found way out of this mess.

I installed RH 9 to my laptop and noticed that ACPI is not supported by kernel and there is no support for my wlan card ( W200 -usb).

don't worry, i found patches to ACPI for kernel 2.4.21 ( from sourceforge )and information how to setup wlan card.

I patched and compiled my new kernel and it went ok without any errors after few try.
I also made a new rd image.

I use grub boot loader and i added these lines to grub.conf

title Red Hat Linux (2.4.21-05)
root (hd0,1)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.21-06 ro root=/dev/hda2 ( my root )
initrd /boot/initrd-2.4.21-05.img

Ok, here is the error.

When i'm booting up, grub is able to load kernel and rd image correctly and it seems to work... but i get following errors.

end_reguest I/O error hda 03:00
unable to read partition table

ds: no socket drives loaded

VFS: Cannot open root.

I use EXT3 fs in / and there is support for that in kernel. I have tried to make changes to kernel configuration to SCSI, IDE/ATAPI and stuff like that options, and there should be support for my chipset i'm using.

I cannot figure out anymore in this problem, please help me!

- Henkka

Last edited by consta; 07-16-2003 at 08:52 AM.
Old 07-22-2003, 02:15 PM   #2
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I like to use the old config files when compiling a new kernel, that way nothing that was working gets broken and you just select the new features you need. There is a thread I started here a while back worth looking at in that regard. Run a LQ search for "Use old config for new kernel" and you should be set.


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