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Old 08-04-2004, 04:34 AM   #1
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Question boot problem after Slack 10 install to usb Hard drive...

after install i tried to boot up linux using a custom boot disk made during install and go this error.

NET4: Unix domain sockets 1.0/SMP for Linux NET4.0
Kmod: failed to exec /sbin/modprobe -s -k block-major-8, errno = 2
VFS: Cannot open root device "sda1" or 08:01
Please append a correct "root=" boot option
Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 08:01

after this message it just freezes.

some of my computer specs:
desktop 3.0ghz P4
2x512mb ram
2x120gb hard drives (hardware raid 0)
USB 2.0 external with Toshiba 40gb notebook hd

so heres what ive done,,, booted Slack 10 iso disk 1, loaded fine, detected usb hard drive (thanks for everyone who replyed to my other post on that topic). partitioned with fdisk, sda1 is bootable (/), sda2 mount for /home, sda3 is linux swap. setup, installed fine (installed all packages except for kde). skipped lilo and network config. made custom boot disks. then i tried to reboot and got the above error.

after that, i tried to boot the linux iso disk 1 again and went through the boot data till i found the "NET4: Unix domain sockets 1.0/SMP for Linux NET4.0" line, i noted that it wasn't till after that line that the bare.i kernal starts checking for USB devices (about 10-15 lines later). am i correct to say that this is the problem? that it tries to find "/dev/sda1" before the computer knows that my USB drive exists?

any insite would be greatly appreciated! thanks
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You are correct the kernel wants to mount the root partition before the USB modules are loaded. If you add the USB modules into the initrd that should take care of the problem. I am not to familar with slack so hopefully others with post with the solution.
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thanks for the idea,,,,, how would i go about doing that? and do i need to make new boot floppies after?


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