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Old 09-23-2003, 02:00 AM   #1
IvanT
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Angry error booting redhat for first time


hi

i have just tried ot install on my system a copy of redhat 6.0 which i have had for a few years. i have 2 hard drives, a 40gb one and a 30gb one. after repartitioning about 5 times and installing redhat countless more, i have finally got everything to install without problems and have got lilo working. i dont know about newer versions but lal that stuff about redhat being good for newbies and first itme computer users is a load of crap. i had to spend 2 days re partitioning my harddrives and changing boot managers to finally get it to install, show me one computer illiterate person who is capable and willing to do that.

anyway, enough rambling. i now have a 30gb partition on my first drive with xp, the rest is free, the second drive has i beleive a 70mb swap partition and a 8gb native partition. the rest is free. now finally after getting that all instaleld whenever i try and actualyl boot linux it comes up with a message saying something liek "kernel panic: cant mount host: cant read host fs" or something. basically i gather its saying it cant read the file system of the host partition IT JUST FORMATTED 5 MINUTES AGO. i would appreciaite any help since i really would liek to get it working.

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Old 09-23-2003, 07:11 AM   #2
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Maybe you should try using a more recent version like RedHat 9.0.
 
Old 09-23-2003, 07:33 AM   #3
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One thought.... You say you just partitioned but you do not say that you built a filesystem. I do not remember the installer for RedHat well but possibly there was a step missed. If you created a boot floppy, you could boot that kernel and inspect, possibly fix the issue (mkfs -t ext2).
BTW, there is nothing wrong w/ earlier versions of RedHat. Possibly a little less refined but certainly worth the effort.
 
Old 09-23-2003, 07:38 AM   #4
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well the linux installer has a step where it says creating file system, and when i use a boot disk it starts up and eventually comes up with some sort of other problem, the issue isnt in teh booting tho that works fine and only after lots of info on linux loading does it encounter this prolem, and i cnat really try a new version at the moment since i odnt want to download 3 isos on dial up
 
Old 09-23-2003, 06:13 PM   #5
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the exact error i get is

VFS: cannot open root device 00:34
Kernel panic: VFS: unable to mount root fs on 00:34
 
Old 09-24-2003, 07:54 AM   #6
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Hello Ivan,

Sorry, i couldn't reply sooner. I'm afraid my knowledge is a bit too rusty for this one. I was hoping that you could at least get to the point where you could get a prompt and at least poke around a bit in single user mode. It sounds like it doesn't know where the device is that contains the root filesystem. You said you had lilo working... What did you mean by that? I'm suspecting a problem there....
If I remember correctly, and I could be confused about this, can you start the install again but skip to the fdisk(or disk druid) portion to find out what device/partition to boot from and then jump to the lilo config again? That might be a place to start...
Sorry i can't be of more help.
 
Old 09-24-2003, 06:59 PM   #7
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i just meant that it took me ages to get lilo to work because of having partitions beyond the 1024 cylinder boundry not lettign them be bootable etc. etc.

the install runs fine without a problem at any stage, howveer i tried something new, i got partition magic and found out that older versions of disk druid and fdisk corrupt the partition table and make them unreadble to any other os or program. so this time a created the partitions in partition magic beforehand and re installed it without ever using disk druid or fdisk, but i still got the exact same error. on the other hand, i tried taking my first harddrive out so just my second one was connected. i formatted it and started a fresh linux install both with a custom install and then i tried it with a workstation install which does it all automatically. both times when i tried to reboot lilo came up to boot into linux automatically sicne it was my only os cause i had taken teh other drive out and as soon as it tried to boot my screen started filling up with millions of "01"s one after naother which just kept going. when i tried to start using the linux boot disk instead of taht it came up with "error 0x10" i belive.

any idea whats going on? lol
 
  


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