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Old 10-22-2002, 08:45 PM   #1
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Unable to mount root fs on 16:03

I recently purchased SuSE 8.1. Everything seems to work well if I boot using the CD and select manual installation and then select the root partition.
But when I try to boot using the GRUB or LILO installed on my MBR or on the root I cannot boot Linux and I get

VFS:Mounted root (ext2 file system)
Kernel Panic:Unable to mount root fs on 16:03

I called Support and they said they cannot support because I am running Windows XP.

I have an Inspiron 8100.

I have 2 HDD's. I have a fixed HDD 40GB in which I have Windows Xp. I have 2 partitions on it (30 and 10)

I have the other HDD in my Modular Bay (Removable HDD). I have created a /dev/hdc1 boot partition and /dev/hdc3 root partition.

I had the same kind of setup for SuSE 8.0 and 7.3 before and I never had this problem. I will greatly appreciate if anyone can help me out. It is annoying that I have to use the CD to boot is everytime. Initially I was able to boot directly from Windows Boot manager with SuSE 8 amd 7.3.

I tried some of the suggestions like turning off Power Mgmt in BIOS etc.. but didnt work out.

I am happy to provide any more information if needed.

Please Help!!!!!

Last edited by mvbashyam; 10-22-2002 at 08:47 PM.
Old 10-23-2002, 01:07 AM   #2
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It's where you install to bootmgr on the Linux disk, use "dd" to extract the sector and use that file to launch Linux from a NT4/NT5 type bootloader (dunno XP):
Old 12-14-2002, 11:58 AM   #3
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I have the same problem on a blank system (suse 8.1) but 2 HDD's in RAID 1.
I get the same kernel panic message:
VFS:Mounted root (ext2 file system)
Kernel Panic:Unable to mount root fs on 20:21
I use GRUB and it gives the above error message in stage 2.

I can boot from CDrom when I go through the installation and I choose 'Boot installed OS'.
Then it 'evaluates' my root-partition and it gives 2 options:
/dev/hde2 (Suse 8.1 (i386))
/dev/hdg2 (Suse 8.1 (i386))

I can choose either one and all boots fine.
Is my RAID not configured right?
and how can I fix this.
I have tried other root-partition names with the edit function before GRUB starts booting.

I don't have a clue on what to do next.
Old 12-14-2002, 03:22 PM   #4
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freebsd's booteasy would fix you too.
its called bootinst.exe
or this

or this


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