Latest LQ Deal: Linux Power User Bundle
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 03-09-2012, 09:13 PM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Mar 2012
Posts: 1

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Vmware esxi 4.1 boot up problem

Dear Linux Gods:

I just installed VMware esxi 4.1 on HP Dl320 and during boot up I get the following errors:

VFS: Cannot open root device "LABEL=_/" or 00:00
Please append a correct "root=" boot option
Kernel panic - VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 00:00

I cannot get past this error and it hangs.

Oh, I am new to Linux.

Any suggestion is greatly appreciated.
Old 03-15-2012, 05:23 AM   #2
Registered: Aug 2005
Location: D.i.t.h.o, Texas
Distribution: Slackware 13.x, rhel3/5, Solaris 8-10(sparc), HP-UX 11.x (pa-risc)
Posts: 987
Blog Entries: 4

Rep: Reputation: 252Reputation: 252Reputation: 252
Greetingz & Welcome to LQ!

Well, I would recommend passing a "root=/dev/sda1" option at boot-up. I don't know much about ESXi (I heard it boots off a USB stick or something).
Should the previous suggestion fail, I would recommend grabbing a Linux boot-disk of some sort so you can take a look at your hard drive and check the partition table.

Because, heck, the actual root device could be any of the following;

EDIT: As you mentioned you were new to Linux, you're probably wondering where to go to actually specifiy this "root=" nonsense.

1) The Boot Manager should be called "GRUB".
2) The boot-up screen might look like this, just press "e" to edit.
3) Use your arrow key to go all the way over to the right of each line, look for "root=" somewhere.
4) Mess with that "root=" part (the change is only temporary).
5) Now boot it, see if it worked.

If you *do* figure this out, then you'll have to go into the grub.conf file and change the "root=" line to whichever worked, so take notes!

Last edited by xeleema; 03-15-2012 at 05:30 AM.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
[SOLVED] Problem runnig CentOS 6 GUI on VMware ESXi ratotopi Linux - Virtualization and Cloud 3 08-01-2012 01:02 PM
LXer: Upgrade/Migrate VMware ESX/ESXi 4.x To ESXi 5.0 LXer Syndicated Linux News 0 09-11-2011 03:10 PM
Switching From VMware ESXi to KVM? carlosinfl Linux - Virtualization and Cloud 5 04-20-2011 05:23 AM
RAID card for vmware esxi, and some other esxi questions JustinHoMi Linux - Enterprise 1 06-04-2010 03:57 PM
vmware esxi benefits salimshahzad Linux - Virtualization and Cloud 3 05-12-2010 04:12 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:23 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration