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Old 06-12-2001, 12:56 AM   #1
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Hello there...
I have a serious problem with my system.
It was a dual boot system. At present it doesn't
boot at all.

I had done a virus scanning and had done something with
the MBR. Later when I restarted I found that instead of the
prompt LILO boot, it just showed LI and hanged.
I thought I might have erased the lilo on the MBR when I
did the cleaning and tried to boot it from a Linux boot disk. But then it got stuck giveing the following message,
Kernel Panic:VFS: Can't mount root fs on 03:02 ...

When I just tried the initial steps of installing linux,
and ran the disk druid, I found that the partitions that
were shown had some problems, it was not in the way that
we had partitioned it. The memory occupied by the partitions
were shown as abnormally large.

At present I intend to boot it using a windows98 floppy.
Could anyone please suggest some guidelines.

Thanks in advance...
Old 06-12-2001, 11:45 AM   #2
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Question eh?

Sorry, I'm not sure what your question is! Something has corrupted your partition table by the sounds of it, but I don't get where the Win98 boot disk comes in!

If it was my machine I would try running something like Norton Disk Doctor on your FAT partitions (via a Win/DOS boot disk) to see if the turns up any problems with the partition table, let that run then try your (linux) boot disk again, ensuring that you give it the right parameter for your root partition. Then fsck all your Linux partitions




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