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Old 02-11-2009, 05:59 AM   #1
jay s
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New to Linux and trying to install on a memory stick

Hi guys,

I'm very new to Linux and am trying to install Ubuntu 8.10 onto a USB memory sick.

I've followed the instructions on:

I've also created a boot CD (Machine will not boot from USB) using the instructions on:

All seems to go well whilst going through the instructions, but when I boot it comes up with the following:

[ 0.748459] BIOS EDD facility v0.16 2004-Jun-25, 0 devices found
[ 0.748572] EDD information not available.
[ 0.748908] VFS: Cannot open root device "<NULL>" or unknown-block(8,1)
[ 0.749031] Please append a correct "root=" boot option; here are the available partitions:
[ 0.749157] Kernel panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(8,1)

I'm guessing that it's not finding the USB memory stick, any suggestions on what I've done wrong?

I would try this on a machine which does boot from USB, but unfortunately I don't have one.

Old 02-11-2009, 11:41 PM   #2
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Your right its not finding more specifically the root partition you have created on the USB Stick. Do you have a /etc/fstab lay from the live build? that will give you the correct options to supply the kernel at boot time, which bootloader is it using grub i would guess?


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