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Old 10-06-2004, 08:48 AM   #1
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MDK 10.0 works but 10.1 doesn't ?!?!?!

I first started by trying to install MDK 10.1.

I installed it to my 73GB Cheetah drive, and the installation went smooth.
This drive is set to be the first drive (in the Asus P4P800 BIOS).

When I try to start MDK after the installation, the OS fails to mount the root filesystem.

This is what I see (before the startup stops):
creating root device
mounting root filesystem
mount: error 6 mounting ext3 flags defaults
well, retrying without the option flags
mount: error 6 mounting ext3
well, retrying without any flags
mount: error 6 mounting ext3
pivotroot: pivot_root (/sysroot, /sysroot/initrd) failed: 2
unmount /initrd/sys failed: 2
unmount /initrd/proc failed: 2
initrd finished
Kernel panic.....

My system:
P4 3.2GHz (Northwood)
Asus P4P800 (bios 1016)
1GB RAM (2 x 512MB)
Adaptec 39160 controller
Seagate Baraccuda 7200.7 120GB 8MB buffer (Parallal ATA)
Seagate Baraccuda 7200.7 120GB 8MB buffer (Serial ATA)
Seagate Cheetah 15k.3 73GB

*** BUT *** , I tried installing MDK in the same system, with exactly the same settings, and it worked !!! The OS started properly and I logged in!!!

But, some of my devices were not detected properly (like my onboard 3COM 3C940 1GBE controller).
I know Mandy 10.1 detects it properly during the install, so I though about upgrading the working Mandy 10.0 to 10.1.
But, after I selected "Upgrade Mandrake Linux release 10.0 (Community)" in the Mandy 10.1 installation, at the next stage (it jumpted straight to Partitioning), it only gave me an error:
"An error occurred
Oops, no root partition."

Why the f**k MDK 10.1 has a problem with root partitions in my system ???
Why can't it work where the previous release did ???
Could it be that this is a bug with MDK 10.1?
Could a BIOS update fix this?

Thanks for the help!

P.S. - this is a continuation of another thread (, I just thought this deserves a seperate thread as the central issue has changed.
Old 10-06-2004, 10:11 AM   #2
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you can keep your /home folder if it's on a seperate partition, just format your / partition so it's fresh and clean. Install 10.1 that way and see how you go.

If thats not an option perhaps it's a kernel or dependancy issue between 10 and 10.1, although I upgraded without issue. You may have packages installed that create conflicts with lilo or something i don't know really.

p.s if you keep your /home folder all your settings for kde are kept etc...
Old 10-06-2004, 10:40 AM   #3
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Well, I was actually trying to keep the / partition, as I'm trying to make MDK 10.1 work as an upgrade, because it won't work in a clean install.

I have nothing to keep in the /home partition, it's a clean installation...
Old 10-07-2004, 09:05 AM   #4
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UPDATE - I went through the following procedure:
1. Disconnected the 2 IDE drives.
2. Done a low level format of the SCSI drive.
3. Installed MDK 10.1 and told it to install LILO into the MBR.

Now MDK 10.1 works!!!

BUT, how can I now return my backed up Windows partitions (ghost image) without making the SCSI drive problematic (probably something in the MBR was preventing LILO / MDK from working properly) for MDK 10.1 again?

Last edited by eltoro; 10-16-2004 at 07:54 PM.
Old 10-16-2004, 03:08 AM   #5
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Question Same problem here!


I'm having the same problem during an upgrade of my Mandrake 10.0 installation to 10.1 community.

During installation, I choose "upgrade mandrake 10.0" after which it tell me "Error: Oops, no root partition!"

I really would like to upgrade the original root partition, instead of reformatting it. Does anyone have any idea why this error occurs and what I can do about it? A detailed explanation would be very much appreciated, I am kind've a newbie.

Btw, I dont know if it has anything to do with it, but I'm using a SATA disk.

Thanks a million!!
Vorik [NL].
Old 10-17-2004, 02:01 AM   #6
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I just gave up and ditched the root partition.. (I did a new install)

If you resort to this, dont format the /home partition, then your docs, email and settings won't be lost. (Of course, you've done as I and made a backup first )

Old 10-17-2004, 03:47 AM   #7
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Well, my MDK 10.0 was a fresh install anyway, noting of importance in /home
Old 10-17-2004, 04:29 AM   #8
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I tried upgrading while 10.1 was in RC, Never did get it to work, ever. Finally waited for 10.1 community, everything installed without a hitch, of course I always do a clean install. it's just faster. and I don't keep that many things i care about in my home partition.


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