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Old 03-27-2005, 04:50 PM   #1
avinashtn
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linux wont start after kernel update


Hi,

Am using SuSE linux 9.1 with kde 3.4. A couple of days back, when Yast online update told me that I had to do a kernel update, which I did. After doing this, I could not get linux to boot. The GRUB bootlader menu shows up, and I can boot into windows, but when I choose linux, I get a blank screen with this message --

kernel (hd0,2) /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda3 vga =0*317 desktop resume=/dev/hda6 splash=silent

i've had the same problem with suse whenever i have done a kernerl update earlier, and have had to reinstall everything. it was turning out to be like what i do if windows goes for a toss, and dont want to repeat it this time around. any ideas on whats going wrong, and how i can put things right?

would really like to do that, as i really like suse...but this time if i have to reinstally, i might think of chucking it alltogether.

thanks in advance
 
Old 03-27-2005, 05:04 PM   #2
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This is Linux, you don't need to reinstall unless you blow-up your computer...

Anyway, It seems there are two things going on here, first, 'splash=silent' makes all the boot messages disappear, so are you sure it is hung? Give it a minute or two...

And 'vga =0*317' is not correct. Is this accurate or a typo? If it is accurate you need to edit your grub conf so it reads 'vga=0x317'.

If you are still getting the grub menu then you can boot manually. When at the menu press 'c', and you will have a grub command line. Now type this:
Code:
grub> root (hd0,2) 
grub> kernel (hd0,2)/boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda3 vga=0x317
grub> boot
Your kernel should boot now.
Grub also has tab completion, in case you forget the name of your kernel (or want to boot an old one).
 
Old 03-27-2005, 08:26 PM   #3
avinashtn
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hi bulliver,

did what you told me, and this is what i get

<grub> root (hd0,2)
filesystem is reiserfs, partition type is 0x83

when i type

<grub> kernel (hd0,2)/boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda3 vga=0x317

nothing happens....even after 5 minutes...

what do i do?
 
Old 03-28-2005, 12:45 PM   #4
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Ok, strange...are you getting an error message at all?

Maybe you need an initrd as well...
Try the same steps as before but after 'kernel' and before 'boot' try this:
Code:
grub> initrd  (hd0,2)/boot/initrd[tab]
Typing the 'tab' key here should tell you the name of your initrd if you have one...fill it in and press enter, now try thr boot command.

Also, your root partition appears to be reiserfs. If you do not have reiserfs support built in to your kernel you will not be able to boot. Possibly reiserfs support will be added as a module from the initrd if you have it.

If this still doesn't work, then use your SuSe rescue disk (install disk 1) to boot your system and build yourself a new kernel (with reiserfs support built in...)
 
  


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