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Old 12-07-2004, 04:11 PM   #1
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Unhappy HELP! "unable to open an initial console"

Hi there everyone!

I was trying to compile a kernel for my Red Hat which is currently running a 2.4.22 kernel. I followed the instructions online to compile it using the usual make menuconfig, make , make modules , make modules_install , and I also copied the bzImage to the correct location, and ran lilo. Everything was fine and there were no error messages

However, when I booted and then chose from the lilo menu, there was a message saying that the system wasn't restarted correctly, so I went on to run a file system integrity check. Then there a bunch of messages/jargon that led to a command prompt with a message that I needed to run fsck . I typed in that and ran it. There were more messages saying about this inode and that inode blah blah blah, and I had to press Y through all of them

Then, after it gets back to the prompt, I rebooted the computer, and now it always gets to a point that says " Warning: unable to open an initial console" . Now, the same thing happens even if I try to boot to my old kernel.

Please help, is there a Red Hat boot disk or something, I don't want to lose all my files!

Thanks in advance
Old 12-07-2004, 06:59 PM   #2
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Use the 1st RedHat cd to boot from. A screen will show, to give you options. I think it is F5 - Rescue Mode.
Old 12-08-2004, 12:18 AM   #3
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Originally posted by twilli227
Use the 1st RedHat cd to boot from. A screen will show, to give you options. I think it is F5 - Rescue Mode.
Hi there,

I tried to boot from there and then Anaconda tried to look for a linux partition, but it says can't find any. And then I am sent straight to a command prompt that is booted from the disk. Is there any other way to save the hard disk?

Old 04-14-2005, 11:44 PM   #4
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have u tried with KNOPPIX


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