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Old 09-18-2003, 07:29 PM   #1
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Distribution: Slackware Linux 9.01
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Slackware Linux Boot Problems

I have recently changed my OS from Mandrake Linux 8.2 to Slackware Linux 9.01 and I have run into problems regarding kernel and initial console. When I ran the boot disk (bare.i) on formatted computer, and type mount root=/dev/hda1 it began to boot, although it had problems relating to initial console or as it says:

"Warning: Unable to open initial console."
"Kernel panic: No init found. Try passing init= option to kernel."

Please help. What do I do? Heh. Mandrake seemed a lot simpler than Slackware, although I'm told it's much better than rh.
Old 09-19-2003, 01:44 AM   #2
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u didnt leave much info so im not sure what u mean ... im guessing u r getting this message when booting the boot disk in order to install slack?

ur probably switching disks to soon there are 2 disks when booting ur pc from floppy the boot and root disk. the boot disk will stop and ask if u have any extra options u need to specify but u should just hit enter or enter options and hit enter then wait a sec then switch out the disks. or u have a bad boot disk ... re-rawrite the disk or reload download the file and rawrite it ... dd if from linux...

unless u mean after u installed your machine ... which case change the boot order so u boot from ur hard drive or eject the floppy or cd in that its booting from ... only those will ask u where to boot from. if you cant boot from the harddrive and u are booting from floppy or cd to get into the machine u probably didnt install a kernel so u have nothing to complete booting. if this is the case just redo the setup but dont run the setup command. just mount ur / or /boot and install a kernel ... i think it is in /mnt/cdrom/slackware/a just choose one scsi or ide. u can use pkgtool or installpkg <packagename> or use tar and cp it to the correct place...

Last edited by skog; 09-19-2003 at 01:46 AM.


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