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Old 02-09-2003, 07:01 PM   #1
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slack-current & 2.4.18

I have put a slackware-current on my toshiba laptop. I want to put 2.4.18 kernel on it, but for some reason it's not letting me boot with it. I've tried all kinds of things in the config, but am still not having luck. Here's what I get:

request_module[block-major-3]: Root fs not mounted
VFS: Cannot open root device "301" or 03:01
Please append a correct "root=" boot option
Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 03:01
I have the same 'root=/dev/hda1' that is in the section for the default kernel. Does anybody have any pointers for me?

Thanks in advance.
Old 02-09-2003, 07:53 PM   #2
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You didn't state where you acquired the 2.4.18 kernel. But the kernel message is reporting that the block device major 3 minor 1 (hda1) is not available or cannot be mounted. If hda1 is in fact a valid file system and not a swap partition, or something else unusable. Then there are only two reasons that I would highly suspect. The kernel was built without any IDE support and so it cannot detect the hard disks. Prior messages would indicate if the IDE was detected and what the partition table structure was that it found. Or the kernel was not built with file system support that is required for the partition. For instance, the partition is reiserfs or ext3 and the kernel does not have support built in.
Old 02-09-2003, 08:19 PM   #3
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I downloaded a fresh kernel from . I was thinking the same thing with the ide & ext2 support, but nothing ever worked. I'm thinking now that MAYBE I missed something with ide, but I really don't think so.

OOH WELL, I didn't realise that cryptoapi works w/ 2.4.19 now (even .20 I guess), so I really don't have any reason to stay with .18. Thanks for the help though.


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