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Old 08-19-2001, 11:37 PM   #1
Registered: Aug 2001
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Distribution: Debian Sarge (2.6.9-albooksleep) on a PPC
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Exclamation Mandrake 8.0 failure to load root filesystem

I am a newbie to linux, and after having red hat linux 7 fail to even figure out that i had a hard drive, and having one of my friends recommend Mandrake, I went out and bought a copy of Mandrake 8.0. Everything in the installation went fine, and Lilo came up when I rebooted. I'm doing a dual boot on a machine that already had Windows 98SE (mom won't let me totally ditch windows on our family computer). Windows boots fine from Lilo. But when I try to boot Linux (or the failsafe, or nonfb linux options) or use the boot floppy I made, I get the following 4 messages before the computer stops working:

request_module[block-module-33]: Root fs not mounted
VFS: Cannot open root device "2105" or 21:05
Please append a correct "root=" boot option
Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 21:05

I've tried hitting escape at the Lilo screen to get the boot: prompt, and typed "linux root=/dev/hdeX" where I tried replacing X with the number of every partition on my harddrive (yes, my main hd is hde, not hda or b or...). None of them worked. I saw this solution several places, which is why I tried it.

The other solution I've found is reinstalling, which I'd rather avoid doing, despite Mandrake's very easy installer.

Are there any other solutions for my problem?

I hate Windows.
Old 08-20-2001, 07:39 PM   #2
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u prolly got a promise UltraATA?
look at
and when u install linux again, configure lilo to use an append line for the disks,
looks like append = "ide2=0xx000,0xx000 ide3=0xx000,0x000"
make *sure* lilo catches these, run "lilo -v -t" (test, verbose) to check if unsure.
Old 08-20-2001, 09:34 PM   #3
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cool, thanks man. i'll try that.


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