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Old 01-23-2004, 06:43 AM   #1
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cant boot zipslack - wont mount hda


I am having a problem with xip slack.
I installed it on a fat32 partition
and extracted the folder to c:\linux

botted with a windows 98 startup disk

When it boots I get a kernel panic error
also says: VFS:
kmod:failed to exec /sbin/modprobe -s -k block-major-3, errno = 2
cannot open root device "hda4" or 03:04
kernel panic unable to mount root

Anyone know how to get around this.

I edited the linux.bat file and tried all the different root= options
but none worked.

thanks in advance,

Old 01-23-2004, 07:25 AM   #2
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What is in your linux.bat file? How many partitions do you have? Make sure you have extracted properly, there should be various files and folders in C:\linux .
Old 01-23-2004, 07:39 AM   #3
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Contents of Linux.bat

rem Boot Linux. You'll need to edit this file to boot the correct
rem partition. In the uncommented line below, edit the 'root=/dev/XXXX'
rem to refer to the partition where you've unzipped the root Linux partition.
rem If you put it on a Zip disk, it'll probably be on the fourth partition,
rem since that's how Iomega likes to format them. If you're using a parallel
rem port Zip drive then see the readme.ppa for more info about configuring
rem the drive with some kernel parameters at the end of the loadlin command.
rem Here are some SCSI Zip examples:
rem \linux\loadlin \linux\vmlinuz root=/dev/sda4 rw
rem \linux\loadlin \linux\vmlinuz root=/dev/sdb4 rw
rem These are examples of IDE Zip devices:
rem \linux\loadlin \linux\vmlinuz root=/dev/hda4 rw
rem \linux\loadlin \linux\vmlinuz root=/dev/hdb4 rw
rem \linux\loadlin \linux\vmlinuz root=/dev/hdc4 rw
rem \linux\loadlin \linux\vmlinuz root=/dev/hdd4 rw
rem These examples are for IDE hard drives:
\linux\loadlin \linux\vmlinuz root=/dev/hda1 rw
rem \linux\loadlin \linux\vmlinuz root=/dev/hda2 rw
rem \linux\loadlin \linux\vmlinuz root=/dev/hda3 rw
rem \linux\loadlin \linux\vmlinuz root=/dev/hda4 rw
rem \linux\loadlin \linux\vmlinuz root=/dev/hda5 rw
rem \linux\loadlin \linux\vmlinuz root=/dev/hda6 rw
rem \linux\loadlin \linux\vmlinuz root=/dev/hda7 rw
rem \linux\loadlin \linux\vmlinuz root=/dev/hda8 rw
rem \linux\loadlin \linux\vmlinuz root=/dev/hda9 rw
rem \linux\loadlin \linux\vmlinuz root=/dev/hda10 rw
rem \linux\loadlin \linux\vmlinuz root=/dev/hda11 rw
rem \linux\loadlin \linux\vmlinuz root=/dev/hda12 rw
rem \linux\loadlin \linux\vmlinuz root=/dev/hda13 rw
rem \linux\loadlin \linux\vmlinuz root=/dev/hda14 rw
rem \linux\loadlin \linux\vmlinuz root=/dev/hda15 rw
rem \linux\loadlin \linux\vmlinuz root=/dev/hdb1 rw
rem \linux\loadlin \linux\vmlinuz root=/dev/hdb2 rw
rem \linux\loadlin \linux\vmlinuz root=/dev/hdb3 rw
rem \linux\loadlin \linux\vmlinuz root=/dev/hdb4 rw
rem \linux\loadlin \linux\vmlinuz root=/dev/hdb5 rw
rem \linux\loadlin \linux\vmlinuz root=/dev/hdb6 rw


I have one fat32 partition
Old 01-23-2004, 07:41 AM   #4
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What happens with hda1 (exactly)?
Old 01-23-2004, 11:37 AM   #5
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This is what it fails on:


VFS: Cannot open root device "hda1" or 03:01
Please append a correct "root=" boot option
kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 03:01


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