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Old 11-05-2003, 11:07 AM   #1
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Cannot install RedHat 9 on my new box

I have a dedicated box for RedHat 9. The configuration is as follows:
CPU: AMD XP 2200
HD: WD 40G 7200RPM ATA/100
RAM: 512 333MHz DDR

I had one time success installing RedHat 9. However after updating it through Up2Date, I got a kernel panic saying that the root / does not existing. I even used the rescue diskette, and it found no root / at all. So I installed the RedHat again and followed the default partition process to remove all previous partitions. After I selected all packages by specifying custom installation, the formatting process was started. When installation finished the formatting of root /, it said "cannot mount root /: invalid parameter". After I clicked OK to the pop box, it said: the root partition / was probably not formatted. THen it forced the system to reboot.

Then I used WesternDigital HD tool to reset the disk by writing "0"s. After several times, I didnt' get any success but the same problem of ""cannot mount root /: invalid parameter". I tried RedHat 8, and the problem is the same. So I went down to RedHat 7.3, and I did install it successfully.

Can anyone help out of this ? I really want RedHat 9.

Thanks a lot in advance.

Last edited by riverfour; 11-05-2003 at 11:11 AM.
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So I went down to RedHat 7.3, and I did install it successfully.
Tried upgrading RH7.3 to RH9?
If that won't work either, when you get the "cannot mount root" error, switch to another tty (ALT+F1 to F4), check if there's error output. IIRC the logs will be somewhere in /tmp. Check the logs for errors or copy the screen errors to a floppy and post anything you think references this situation.


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