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Old 07-21-2004, 08:57 PM   #1
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Unhappy Error Message

OK, I made the boot disk & changed it to read off my third drive (E with 'hda3'. It was loading fine, two or three screens flashed by, the it hung up with this message:

sh-2021: reiserfs_read_super: can not find reiserfs on ide0(3,3)
Kernel Panic: VFS: unable to mount root fs on 03:03

I'm new to linux, but have been doing computers in DOS since before Win3.11. Tech at my ISP said linux is pretty simple, but I get lost real fast. I want to try linux a while & then purchase one form or the other. I'll use Lilo for a boot manager. I have the \linux folder on drive E:. Thanks for any help.
Old 07-21-2004, 09:05 PM   #2
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Something is wrong with your bootloader. You said above that it is your third hard drive. Does that mean your third physical hard drive, or third partition on your hard drive? The naming conventions are:

hda - primary ide hard drive on primary channel
hdb - slave ide drive on primary
hdc - primary ide drive on secondary (normally this is your CD or DVD drive)
hdd - slave drive on secondary

In LILO, your partitions are numbered like: hda1, hda2, hda3, etc. So, hda3 would be the third partition on your primary IDE drive. However, you need to check and see that this is actually where you want to be pointing to. The error message is saying that there is no reiserfs partition there, meaning that it is probably the wrong partition number.
Old 07-21-2004, 09:06 PM   #3
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hda3 is not your third drive... it is the third partition on your first drive.

You probably want hdc1 (which should be the first partition on your third drive.
Old 07-21-2004, 09:43 PM   #4
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I have two hard drives on my computer. My new 120G one has four partitions. The old drive is drive d:. I want to put linux on the e: drive or the second partition on the main drive. I'll change hda3 to hda2 & see what it does. I will let you know how it goes. Thanks.


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