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Old 10-01-2001, 04:24 PM   #1
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unable to mount root fs

I am trying to use Linux Red Hat 7 in a dual boot situation with Win 98SE. Linux is installed on HDD1, which is only used for Linux. HDD0 has a DOS partition and an extended partition with 6 logical partitions, one of which is a FAT16 (which shows up in Linux as hda8, which may or may not be relevant to the problem, because I don't enough about it).

When I boot to Linux, it runs through it's checks and then prints:

"request_module [block-major-8]: Root fs not mounted
VFS: C annot open root device 08:41
Kernel painc: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 08:41"

then stops. Booting from the Linux boot disk, I can get to the boot: prompt but I don't know what to do after that.

Is this a problem that can be fixed using the boot disk or some other method? I am a rank beginner using Linux and had some trouble getting it
loaded. Custom install would not work so I ended up using the default
method. Any help or direction would be appreciated.
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ok, boot from rescue disk, at the prompt open up your /etc/lilo.conf and check if the "root=" line points to the place where you installed lilo.

naming conventions should be:
IDE 1st master = /dev/hda
IDE 1st slave = /dev/hdb
IDE 2nd master = /dev/hdc
IDE 2nd slave = /dev/hdd
fi; 1st partition on the 2nd master is /dev/hdc1

change, and run "lilo -v -t" (verbose, test but not write), and if o.k., run "lilo -v" (verbose, install). If you're booting from rescue disk its good to run "chroot (/todir/where/root/ismounted/)" first.

If this is not it, and you're using SCSI, check first if your modules are compiled in/loading.



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