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Old 05-20-2004, 03:46 AM   #1
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Problem installing ZipSlack 9.1

Well i installed zipslack then you had to boot zipslack with a boot floppy, I inserted the floppy and restarted the computer and yes it worked but you have to let that DOS thing when you restart what drive zipslack was installed in (I installed it to C drive) this is what it shows.

SYSLINUX 2.06 20003-08-22 Copyright (C) 1994-2003 H. Peter Anvin

Welcome to Slackware Linux (v 9.1) Zipslack.s bootdisc!

By Default. this disk will boot a linux system on /dev/sda4. In an otherwise IDE based linux system with a zip drive connected to a SCSI card or parllel port this is probably the device to use.

To boot the default device (/dev/sda4) just hit ENTER. To boot other devices you'll have to enter some information on the 'boot' prompt below. Here are two examples of how a SCSI or parllel Zip drive:
mount root=/dev/sda4 rw
mount root=/dev/sdb4 rw

These examples work with IDE devices such as DOS partition on your hard drive.
Or IDE Zip drives:
mount root=/dev/hda1 rw
mount root=/dev/hda4 rw
mount root=/dev/hda5 rw
mount root=/dev/hdb4 rw

boot: this is where you have to write into to mount the drive that zipslack is in)

well you gotta write which drive to show where linux has been unzipped to(in unzipped it to C:/linux)
Hope this helps a little I've tried many times to get this working and it didn't work, I tried everything up on the screen and the same kind of error came up saying.
'Kernel Panic:VFS:Unable to mount root fs on 03:01'

These are the list of drives I tried to work out.
This is really getting me mad, I want real help now, I've been trying to test it over and over again and didn't get it right yet. The file inside linux is in is C:\Linux
My dad was sure that it was HDA1 or 2 but the same error came up above.

This is what the Zipslack page says about help this error:
Q: Why does the boot process stop with this "Kernel panic" error?
VFS: Cannot open root device 08:04
Kernel panic: VFS : Unable to mount root fs on 08:04

Well, you see, device 08:04 is the fourth partition on a SCSI drive (/dev/sda4). In most machines these days, there are no SCSI devices, only IDE ones. (NOTE: the parallel-port version of the Zip drive *is* treated as a SCSI device by Linux)

What you need to do is edit the LINUX.BAT file and change the uncommented loadlin line (without the 'rem') to boot the partition where you installed Linux. This is probably something like /dev/hda1 if you used your C: drive.

If you have no idea what the partition is, look right before it stops and you'll see something like:

hda: hda1 hda2 hda3
In this case, the partition must be one of: /dev/hda1, /dev/hda2, /dev/hda3.

So its telling me not to write the sw at the end of the sentence for example like
mount root=/dev/hda2
instead of
mount root=/dev/hda2 sw


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