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Old 12-03-2005, 07:49 PM   #1
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Knoppix Help (Kernel Panic Error)

Burned the ISO... restarted comp... hit enter at boot screen.. shows 2 little penguins.. then it shows

"Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(1,3)"

Any suggestions-ideas?

Old 12-03-2005, 09:35 PM   #2
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I usually deal with Knoppix from the cd; not an installed version. Does Knoppix (installed) offer you a boot prompt to give boot parameters? If so, do you remember the partition you installed into? If so, add this to the boot prompt: root=/dev/hdxy, where x is the disk letter, and y is the partition number. Something like: root=/dev/hda1.

Might also be a good idea to google up a copy of Knoppix Cheatcodes, to get an idea of what to enter at the boot prompt instead of just hitting <enter>.
Old 12-04-2005, 02:38 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by bigrigdriver
I usually deal with Knoppix from the cd; not an installed version.
He's talking about the LiveCD - he hasn't said anything about an installation, and this: "Burned the ISO... restarted comp... hit enter at boot screen." looks very much like he's using the LiveCD.

Either the iso was corrupted, the disc wasn't burned properly, or it's a hardware issue. You can check if the disc is the problem with "knoppix testcd" at the "boot:" prompt. If there's no error in the CD, check out the cheatcodes, which (at least on my 4.0 DVD version) are in D:\KNOPPIX\knoppix-cheatcodes.txt

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