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Old 01-21-2006, 06:19 PM   #1
Usman Sajid
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Mandriva Install Fails: Kernel Panic

So I've got a bit of an installation problem here that I'm hoping someone will know how to fix.

When installing Mandriva Linux (2006) on what once a Windows XP computer (the hard drive has since been formatted), the installation goes to the screen after where you hit Enter, and then freezes. I'm not doing a shared-partition job, it's merely a one-OS install.

I decided to do a text-install so I could figure out what the problem was, and it turns out to be the same problem that I had when I tried to install Ubuntu earlier (and failed, hence I tried Mandriva instead).

The last lines that I get prior to the install stopping and 'freezing' is:

RAMDISK: Compressed image found at block 0
input: AT Translated Set 2 keyboard on isa0060/serio0
input: ImPS/2 Generic Wheel Mouse on isa0060/serio1
crc error
EXT2-fs: unable to read superblock
Kernel panic - not syncing: WFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(9,0)
I've tried to make the situation as clear as posisble, and you'll have to forgive my novelty to Linux: indeed, I decided that Windows didn't serve my needs so hence I decided to convert. Perhaps you can help me get it up and running. I'll be right here watching the post (like you do), so if you want more information, please ask.

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Old 01-21-2006, 07:36 PM   #2
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buddy,AFAIK U need to have an `initrd' with correct path set on your /boot/grub/grub.conf.Did u compiled a custom kernel?then make an initrd using 'mkinitrd' utility.Best of LUX
Old 01-22-2006, 07:48 AM   #3
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Right: I haven't compiled anything custom whatsoever, I've just downloaded it straight off the net (which I MD5 verified, and 'twas A-OK), stuck it on a CD-RW and tried to install it. I also don't have a clue what this 'initrd' stuff is: I've come straight off Windows and tried to do everything by the book.
Old 02-05-2006, 07:49 AM   #4
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If your kernel isn't compiled with an IDE or filesystem driver internally, ie statically, it won't be able to read the hard drive when it boots..

The usual answer is to use an "initrd", which contains the same kernel but with some extra hardware drivers from the kernel modules. It boots from the MBR on the drive, or a named partition, and allows file systems to be recognised.

In your /boot directory there will be an initrd image that needs to be entered into your boot loader config file, ie LILO or GRUB.

If this website is correct, you will have LILO installed, hopefully on /dev/hda.
This means you will need to use the rescue mode on the installation cd and manually modify the /etc/lilo.conf file and run lilo -v again to correct the MBR.
You will need a line like..
initrd = /boot/initrd-img-xxxxxxx (use the correct file name here)
in the block where the kernel is specified.


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