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Old 03-04-2004, 06:59 PM   #1
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Kernal Updating error

Ok as the last post I made states im a TOTAL NEWB to Linux and dont know a single thing about it at all. But in my endevors to learn i decided to throw myself into it by installing an upgraded Kernel. Well in doing so I found a great text on this site on how to do it. Thanks to the mods for making it a sticky

The problem I am having is this. Everything went really smoothly when I configuered and compiled. I went from version 2.4.20-8 Kernel to 2.6.3 Kernel I got from Configuring, Compiling, Saving, and replacing my old Kernel went without a hitch. But when I went to reboot into the new Kernel I get an error and it stops loading. Im on Red Hat 9

Here is what I get, I left out everything up to the point the errors start.

Mounting root filesystem
mount: error 19 mounting ext3
pivotroot: pivot_root(/sysroot,/sysroot.inited) failed:2
unmount: /inited/proc failed:2
Freeing unused kernel memory: 228k freed
kernel panic: No init found. Try passing init= option to kernel.

And then of course it stops booting and I am left disheveled and wondering what went wrong and why. Does anyone know what this is and how to fix it? Mind you a step by step explination will be needed as so far anything else is totally beyond me to understand lmao.

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Old 03-04-2004, 07:28 PM   #2
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either... 1) Redhat 9 is not Kernel 2.6 ready.
some older versions of linux programs are not compatables with 2.6, it works differently.

or 2) you made a mistake configgureing the kernel.

im 99% sure its 2 !

every single person ive ever spoken to ever has always messed up there first ever kernel compile attempt !

re-configure the kernel,
read the help fies to every option, if you are not 100% about an option, then LOOK IT UP ! never guess.
never trust default values.
whenever possible compile as module, not into the kernel, that way the modules can be unloaded and loaded as the kernel needs.
and dont compile drivers or bios fixes for hardware you donot have, (they somtimes conflict, and add to compile time)

read read read read.
Old 03-04-2004, 08:37 PM   #3
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Is there any other distro that would work better for me? Im just wanting to test Linux out a bit and it seems Red Hat has some problems running my Wireless Card. The whole reason I am upgrading the kernel was because I was told it was a good thing to do as to suport my Wireless Card so I could install the drivers for it.

I have a Linksys PCI Wireless Card 802.11b Ver.1.2 And as far as I can tell it does not have the Prism drivers and works off the others that are not supported. This all just is beginning to seem like an awful lot of work just to get internet acsess.

I know there are LOTS of threads about getting wireless cards to work on Linux and seems to be a widespread problem. So Is there another distro that would work better for Wireless, like maybe Mandrake,Slackware or Suse? And can I download those for free? I know I can Mandrake but not sure about the others. I only know Suse is one of the biggest and ive heard the best. And some pointers on a good place to download those would be helpfull.

I am beginning to hear the evil hellspawn named Bill Gates in my ear pulling me back to his world of corruptions and evil blue screens and its getting harder to fight it lol.
Old 03-06-2004, 04:29 PM   #4
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download a distro that supports you card, or compile the kernel with support for your card.
you cant just start using a computer and automatically expect to know enough to compile the kernel yourself without learning.


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