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Old 06-06-2005, 02:56 PM   #1
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Mandriva won't startup after install


I am trying to install Mandriva 2005LE on an old Toshiba Tecra 500cdt laptop. The machine is a pentium 120mhz with 144mb ram and a 2gb harddrive.

The install seems to go perfectly and everything is found except my wireless pcmcia card which I figure I will get working after booting Mandriva up. Anyway, when the install is complete and the computer reboots for the first time it won't load into Mandriva.

The bootup stops after about 20 seconds, and the last stuff in the log is :

Mounting root filesystem with flags noatime
mount: error 6 mounting ext2 flags noatime
well, retrying without the option flags
mount: error 6 mounting ext2
well, retrying read-only without any flag
mount: error 6 mounting ext2
pivotroot: pivot_root(/sysroot,/sysroot/initrd) failed: 2
unmount /initrd/sys failed: 2
unmount /initrd/proc failed: 2
Initrd finished
Freeing unused kernel memory: 240k freed
Kernel panic - not syncing: No init found. Try passing init= option to kernel.

I am a total newbie and have absolutely no idea what to do :-(

If anyone has any suggestions I would be very grateful :-)

Thanks in advance.
 
Old 06-06-2005, 03:32 PM   #2
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Which filesystem did you choose to use when you installed (ext2, ext3, reiserFS, etc)? It looks like the kernel's having trouble using ext2 to switch from the ramdisk fs to the hard drive's fs...

Someone mentioned on the Red Hat forums that using lilo instead of grub as your bootloader has been known to solve pivot_root issues. Which bootloader did you choose, and where did you install it to?
 
Old 06-06-2005, 03:41 PM   #3
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Which filesystem did you choose to use when you installed (ext2, ext3, reiserFS, etc)? It looks like the kernel's having trouble using ext2 to switch from the ramdisk fs to the hard drive's fs...
I thought this too, but I have tried both ext3, reiserFS and now ext2 - and it's the same result everytime.

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Originally posted by rose_bud4201 Someone mentioned on the Red Hat forums that using lilo instead of grub as your bootloader has been known to solve pivot_root issues. Which bootloader did you choose, and where did you install it to?
I just used the default bootloader - I am almost 100% sure it was lilo!

EDIT: I installed it to MBR by the way!

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Old 06-06-2005, 03:56 PM   #4
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Hmmm...I hate to say this, but it may just be the hardware you're trying to run that thing on. That is an _old_ laptop, and a very recent version of the OS. ("The Toshiba [Tecra] Laptop comes preconfigured with a choice of Windows 95 and DOS 6.22/Windows 3.11") It's sort of like trying to run XP on a P75...it's just going to have problems :-/

Although I don't know how old the laptop is, I did some searches for the laptop name and "linux", and got a lot of references to Win95, Slackware 3.3, Red Hat 5 and SuSE 4.2. Probably something more of that era would have an easier time running, although obviously you won't get the modern goodies that distros can offer now. There is what looks to be a good website here which may be of help?

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Old 06-06-2005, 04:04 PM   #5
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Hmmm...I hate to say this, but it may just be the hardware you're trying to run that thing on. That is an _old_ laptop, and a very recent version of the OS. It's sort of like trying to run XP on a P75...it's just going to have problems :-/

Although I don't know how old the laptop is, I did some searches for the laptop name and "linux", and got a lot of referenes to Win95, Slackware 3.3 and Red Hat 5. Probably something more of that era would have an easier time running, although obviously you won't get the modern goodies that distros can offer now.

If anyone else knows some other way to fix this other than downgrading the OS, feel free to jump in here...
Thanks for the help.

The problem is that I am pretty much a newbie. I can figure out almost everything as long as it can be done with the mouse in som grafic environment. I am totally lost when it comes to editing alot of stuff manually. So I though that a new distro would be best, and would be able to run as long as I chose a small window manager like blackbox. But maybe I should try with Mandrake 9.0 instead. The problem is that it is a requirement that I get my wireless network working, and as far as I can tell reading around the forum even the new distros have problems with wireless, so the old ones must be hell :-(
 
Old 06-06-2005, 04:37 PM   #6
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...yeah. You're going to have a tough time there, I'm afraid. While it's true that "linux" will run on anything, it's not by any stretch of the imagination true that the latest linux OS's will run. All that particular phrase means is that some sort of the kernel, created at some point in history, will in fact boot

After reading this page, RedHat 7.2/3 might be a good bet. Old enough to have a go at running without problems, new enough to not be completely left in the dust, and has wireless support to boot.
 
Old 06-07-2005, 04:18 AM   #7
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OK, thank you for your help :-)

I will try to look for a Redhat 7.2 ISO and try it out.
 
Old 06-19-2005, 02:58 PM   #8
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After trying several versions of Mandrake/Mandriva, I finally got 2005 LE to go through the install process but upon the first boot, I ran into almost the exact same error message. I am running a brand new Compaq R4025CA (AMD 64 3200+, Ati Radeon Xpress 200m...) I installed it on an external USB hard drive. I really have no idea what I am doing either but I suspect it either has something to do with the wireless setup (I was pretty clueless during setup) or the Lilo loader (I wasn't sure exactly where to install it). I also had to do the alt1 install since the default Kernel wouldn't detect my USB drive. So I don't think the old hardware is the issue. I just bought mine a few weeks ago. I really don't want to have to try another Linux. Mandriva sounds like the one best suited for me.
 
  


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