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Old 06-21-2009, 12:07 PM   #1
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Exclamation Kernel panic! unable to sync.. Trying to kill init....


Hi,

I'm trying to install Kubuntu 8.04 LTS on my new Laptop.

I have several versions of Kubun tu and don't want to install 9.04 just yet.

Allas i'm getting Kernel Panic! issue with all the installations.

I get Kernel panic! unable to sync.. Trying to kill init.... or something like that.

My laptop is akoya. intel 2.16mhz with 4gb mem, nvidia 9600m geforce and currently running on win 7 which i want to remove.

i have no hardware issues and the releases i try to install have all install/worked om my desktop.

any help would be much appretiated.

After many tries i got it to install by adding acpi=off to the boot installer.

But now after installing I only get to the prompt (after some error messages) and the KDE gui isn't started.

Do I need to ad something to the boot-loader? If so pls help with the syntax. I'm experienced but not super experienced with linux

tx

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Old 06-21-2009, 01:26 PM   #2
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Try logging in and running "startx". Does that start a graphical session and KDE? Does "sudo init 5" start a graphical session (with a login prompt)? Please also post your /etc/inittab contents.
 
Old 06-21-2009, 02:01 PM   #3
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Try logging in and running "startx". Does that start a graphical session and KDE? Does "sudo init 5" start a graphical session (with a login prompt)? Please also post your /etc/inittab contents.
on the startx i get:

fatal error:

no screens found

sudo init 5 doesn't do anything

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Old 06-21-2009, 02:09 PM   #4
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Have you tried any non-ubuntu livecd's just to see if they work?
Try to use a process of elimination to find the problem
 
Old 06-21-2009, 02:17 PM   #5
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Have you tried any non-ubuntu livecd's just to see if they work?
Try to use a process of elimination to find the problem
am dl-ing zenwork now but will not install yet...

trying to resolve ubuntu first
 
Old 06-21-2009, 02:36 PM   #6
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would the option vga711 during installation help with this issue coz I guess that it's not installing the graphics card properly??
 
Old 06-21-2009, 04:56 PM   #7
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Ok tried zenwalk but it also chrashed on the x-server with the no screens found option.

I installed it with the 2 extra options ata-vga aCPI=off and it installed but wouldn't boot the x-server

tried different screen setting and low as possible resolution with no luck

please any help would be great
 
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I would try finding Driver "something" in /etc/X11/xorg.conf and replacing it with Driver "vesa"
 
Old 06-21-2009, 05:01 PM   #9
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I would try finding Driver "something" in /etc/X11/xorg.conf and replacing it with Driver "vesa"
so what do i use to open the /etc/x11/xorg.conf...

sorry i'm so used to gui that command line things don't come to me as second nature
 
Old 06-21-2009, 05:23 PM   #10
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There are a few command-line text editors. emacs and vim work fine in command line, so you can use them if you previously used their GUI versions. There is also probably nano and mcedit.
 
Old 06-21-2009, 07:49 PM   #11
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A kernel panic means only a few things the system boot loader (grub) is not loading the initrd.img or if it fails with no sync
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Kernel panic! unable to sync.
then it is not in sync with your drive partition uuid other wise grub is not pointed to your / root partition it must match your /etc/fsatb file/ and ubuntu uses uuid for drive ID. So if everything matches then this tells me you added a new drive.
So if you added a hard drive and loaded a new ubuntu OS it will change the hardware devices. so your sda1, could now be your sdb1.


So figure out your drive sudo fdisk -l and then add this to your /boot/grub/menu.1st
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title Linux sdxx
root (hd0,0) <------------------change this to the drive you want to load
configfile /boot/grub/menu.lst
Then grub will go to that drive and look for /boot/grub/menu.1st and load it.
now you may have a good chance of it booting but if the fstab is not in sync with the grub loader it will be a kernel panic.
 
Old 06-21-2009, 08:59 PM   #12
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Ok found the issue.

Was a restricted driver issue from Nvidia. Never saw it comming. I was able to finaly install ubuntu 8.04 without these drives and x-server booted.

Tx guys now i'm able to find the rest....I hope
 
  


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