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Old 11-16-2003, 10:28 AM   #1
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Kernel Panic --> error 03.43 on slackware 9.0 - root pw recovering!


I am trying to get into single user/rescue mode on my slackware 9.0 installation, because i have forgotten my root password...

i would then like to edit etc/passwd
(I know that the password could be shadowed too, but it isn't)

So my problem is now:

When i try to get into single user/rescue mode with for example

boot: linux rescue
or boot: linux init=/bin/sh
or boot: linux single

everything looks fine, until there comes something like this:

Kernel Panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 03.43

I haven't found anything about the 03.43 error... does anyone have any idea what could cause this?

thx for all your help!

Last edited by john1967; 11-17-2003 at 02:23 PM.
Old 11-17-2003, 02:43 AM   #2
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use linux root=/dev/hd?? noinitrd ro and you'll be fine

Replace the ?? appropriately
Old 11-17-2003, 01:55 PM   #3
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ok, it worked... but i still get a login...

and because i don't remember any of my passwords () i cannot still log into my linux box....

is there anyway to pass the login???? i thought getting into the rescue mode should be enough to be able to reset the root password?! or is that different on slackware?
Old 11-17-2003, 03:14 PM   #4
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Got it!

I got it working again...

I did it like this:

1. booted from slackware install cdrom
2. went on until i could use the shell
3. typed

mkdir /tmp/harddisk

mount /dev/sda1 /tmp/harddisk

vi /tmp/harddisk/etc/shadow

4. removed root's encrypted password and saved

5. typed:

cd /

so, i got it, thx for your help!


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