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Old 03-28-2006, 02:14 PM   #1
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Slackware won't boot / Kernel problem ?

I've been using Slackware 10.2 for 2 weeks without any problems. But, yesterday, out of nowhere, this error shows up :

VFS: cannot open root  device '80a' or unknown blok (8,10)
Please append a correct  "root=" boot option
kernel panic - not syncing : VFS unable to mount root fs or unknown - blok (8,10)
Here are some details about my system :

A part of lilo-conf
# LILO configuration file
# generated by 'liloconfig'
# Start LILO global section
boot = /dev/sda
message = /boot/boot_message.txt
timeout = 50
# Override dangerous defaults that rewrite the partition table:

///comments blah-blah...

# End LILO global section
# Windows bootable partition config begins
other = /dev/sda1
  label = Windows
  table = /dev/sda
# Windows bootable partition config ends
# Linux bootable partition config begins
image = /boot/vmlinuz
  root = /dev/sda10
  label = Linux
# Linux bootable partition config ends
So, 250 gb SATA HDD...dual boot system - XP and Slack 10.2.
Kernel version : 2.6.13 [i installed this kernel using Grogan's tutorial - Bitbender forums ] ]

ps. I also tried to boot from the first slack cd and then :
mount /dev/sda10 /mnt
lilo -r /mnt

reboot :P

No effect!

Last edited by resident; 03-28-2006 at 02:16 PM.
Old 03-28-2006, 09:01 PM   #2
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Maybe this'll help?
One thing I notices about your lilo.conf file is there is no reference to initrd.gz.
Both Pat V.'s README.TXT & Grogan's tutorial mention it. Without it, if not explicitly
compiled into the kernel, that may be the cause of not reading the file system.


Grogan's tutorial (this is the one you used? granted I did not read it intently)

EXCLUDING the SATA support, (I just recently switched over from my SCSI drives to normal
IDE, so I can't help too much with the SATA stuff) following the README.TXT in CD#2/testing/packages/linux-2.6.13/ has always worked flawlessly for me. (I do NOT install the headers package).

Does your 2.4.xx kernel still work? or did you edit it/remove it?

Last edited by tw001_tw; 03-28-2006 at 09:03 PM.


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