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macBasH 01-24-2006 12:36 PM

problem booting a fresh installed slackware 10.2
Hey Guys !

Im new to slackware so i hope you guys can help me.

im trying to install slackware 10.2 on a dell 2450 with a perc 3/si raid controllor, at the installation boot promt i boot raid.s, the installation goes verry well until i boot up my system for the first time.

error message:
Kernel panic: VFS: unable to mount root fs on 08:01
can anybody be so kind and give me a full howto, to solv my problem

Thanks !

figadiablo 01-24-2006 01:44 PM

When installing, did you specified the raid.s kernel as the default one. Sounds like it does not has the right modules to load the raid.

cwwilson721 01-24-2006 01:58 PM


Originally Posted by figadiablo
When installing, did you specified the raid.s kernel as the default one. Sounds like it does not has the right modules to load the raid.

What was meant, at the end of the install, after the files have been copied over, it asks you what kernel to load. Did you specify the raid.s kernel off the cdrom?

The reason why is that it asks you which one at the beginning for installing, then at the end, it asks you for one for the HDD to run off of.

Slackware can be a little disconcerting at the first install

Plus, a 1450 also has options for large amount of ram, etc. You may have to compile a kernel for all that....I don't recall whether it has dual processors or not. PowerEdge servers get a little bizzare sometimes.

macBasH 01-24-2006 02:51 PM

are you talking about kernel paremeters ? if so, what am im going to write there `?

MS3FGX 01-24-2006 03:29 PM

No, nobody is talking about that.

They are asking what kernel you installed with Slackware. The installer asks which kernel you want to install, and it uses that when you boot into the finished system.

From your error, it sounds like you didn't chose to install the RAID kernel.

cwwilson721 01-24-2006 03:36 PM

At the end of the Slackware install, it asks you what kernel to use to boot with. It seems you selected the default instead of the raid.s kernel. (Default is bare.i , no help on a scsi raid system like the PowerEdge 1450. The bare.i kernel cannot use a raid system, much less scsi with out a recompile).

Since you can't get to a console, and you just installed, just reinstall. Near the end, after all the files copy, you'll be asked what kernel to install. Choose the raid.s (May have to put disc1 back in).

That SHOULD straighten you out, but raid/scsi gets a little weird with Slackware. Keep us updated.

MS3FGX 01-24-2006 03:39 PM

If he was to boot the machine with the RAID kernel from the Slackware install CD, he should then be able to remove the bare.i kernel and install the raid.s kernel manually, saving a reinstall.

cwwilson721 01-24-2006 04:01 PM

Yep. I agree. But sometimes with a newbie, might be easier to start fresh. Just in case something goes hinky trying to switch the kernels, it will eliminate any extraneous leftovers sitting around. Plus, even with KDE being installed, would only be 20 minutes or so lost.

Hey, fresh install, newbie, 20 minutes or the possibility of being on/off this forum trying to swap the kernel.... Might be quicker

MS3FGX 01-24-2006 04:05 PM

Yes, there is always that to consider.

macBasH 01-24-2006 04:14 PM

well you guys are the best... or am i really stupid

i reinstalled slackware and picked raid.s kernel then the newly system booted up fine.

thanks alot for the quict replys.


cwwilson721 01-24-2006 04:16 PM

It's a learning experience. Now that you've learned, you can pass it on.

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